An African-American child dreams of long-ago Africa, where she sees animals, shops in a marketplace, reads strange words from an old book, and returns to the village where her long-ago granddaddy welcomes her. 'Greenfield's lyrical telling and Byard's marvelous pictures make this book close to an ideal adventure for children, black or white.' Publishers Weekly.
1978 Coretta Scott King Award
About the Author
Eloise Greenfield's love of writing shines through brilliantly in each and every one of her books, which include Honey, I Love and Other Love Poems and How They Got Over: African Americans and the Call of the Sea, both illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist. She is the recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award, the Foundation for Children's Literature Hope S. Dean Award, and the National Council for the Social Studies Carter G. Woodson Book Award. In 2018 she received the Coretta Scott King–Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. Ms. Greenfield lives in Washington, DC. You can follow her on Twitter @ELGreenfield.
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I think we've all had those dreams where we escaped to a far off place. We've all wondered what it would be like to fully grasp our roots and our culture. In this book, the main character is taken to Africa and escapes into old memories mixed with new. The pictures were nothing fancy, everything was in black and white. However, it grasped the concept of the dream, using lots of whispy strokes and dreamlike angles. I think this book was a good one for when you just want to run away to a different place, without spending a fortune that is.
This book is still a family favorite. It poetically sings of continental, ancestoral, familial pride in a non-political manner. My now 8 and 11 year olds were always mesmorized by its tranquil and serene setting. It encourages pride and reduces stereotypes of the continent that African Americans have become in many ways distant. I recommend this book for all ages. As I am reading it to my unborn child. Enjoy!