Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
Coming On Home Soon

Coming On Home Soon

Fall 2004 Picture Books
Ages: 5 - 10 yrs.
Author: Jacqueline Woodson
Illustrator: E. B. Lewis
ISBN: 0-399-23748-8
Hardcover Price: $16.99
During WWII, Ada Ruth's mother leaves her in her grandmother’s care because she has heard that they are hiring colored women in Chicago. The family is so poverty-stricken that when a small black kitten shows up at the door, Ada Ruth's grandmother reminds her frequently that they can't keep it. Somehow, despite grumblings, the kitten stays on, and when a longed-for letter from Mama to Ada Ruth isn’t delivered, the kitten offers her a measure of comfort.

E.B. Lewis captures the thoughtful, pensive mood of the story with a sepia tinged palette and muted watercolors. His portraits, especially the fall of light, are beautiful; the body language of the characters is expressive; and he touchingly expands the story on the last page.

Kemie Nix   ©2004 Parents' Choice
Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children's Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents' Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.

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