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Inhaltsangabe: An eloquent tribute to family and history
Jesse and his sister are city kids, so the journey into the country is amazing -- past sloe-eyed cows and emerald hills, under a cornflower sky. But the real treat waits at the end of the road: the Old Ones, the aunts and uncles of their father's youth who were old even then, who line up now to welcome their great-niece and -nephew, "looking and hugging just alike." After a vast country lunch, the Old Ones take the young to "the lake that they swam in when they were young -- and sit beside now that they are old." The kids don't sit. They find a tire swing, and before you know it, they are flying through the air and into the water, fully clothed and laughing. But it's the last day of summer vacation and suddenly time to leave. And there are the Old Ones lining up again -- all seven of them, waving good-bye, cherishing among them this newest family story for next year's reunion.
From School Library Journal:
Grade 1-3-A young African-American girl describes her family's annual trip to the house of the Old Ones, her father's seven uncles and aunts who raised him. The text is a gentle, poetic, memory piece of family members so long together that they blend into a loving unit. The bold oil illustrations cut sharp, vibrant individuals but fail to extend the text. There are no answers in the pictures or the text should readers wonder why one aunt has her hair in rollers all day, which one is May, or how these people support themselves. Something went seriously wrong with the rendering of the Old Ones' white hair and/or beards; it looks like shaving cream or a really unfortunate wig choice. Water splashes also seem stark white atop a blue pond. Though the path that winds through the property has pleasing curves, the choice to leave the background totally white on one side of the path is not entirely successful. The text reads aloud nicely and could encourage discussion of older family members and extended families. The illustrations have merit in isolation but the oils overwhelm the fragile text. Johnson's followers and fans of Cynthia Rylant's more successful The Relatives Came (Bradbury, 1985) may want to add this offering.
Jody McCoy, The Bush School, Seattle, WA
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