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THE FRIENDLY FOUR Celebrate summer with Coretta Scott King Award winners Eloise Greenfield and Jan Spivey Gilchrist! Drum: Didn't I call this summer a bummer? All: Not anymore, not anymore. Drum: I was alone, and life was lonely. All: But not anymore, Drum:…

Rosa Parks

by Eloise Greenfield

|September 29, 1995

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Moment of Truth When Rosa Parks was growing up in Montgomery, Alabama, she hated the unfair rules that black people had to live by -- like drinking out of special water fountains and riding in the back of the bus. Years later, Rosa Parks changed the lives of…

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Three generations of African-American women remember their "childtimes" in this lyrical memoir spanning a century of American history. This book preserves the lives and communities of times past for future generations. Complete with a family tree, Eloise…

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"The drums of Africa still beat in my heart. They will not let me rest." These are the words of Mary McLeod Bethune. She worked her whole life to make the world a better place. As a child, she loved to read. As a woman, she loved to teach. She started a…

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‘Too special for just once-a-week reading, Eloise Greenfield's 20 exuberant poems are matched by the bright colors of Mr. Amos Ferguson's life-filled paintings. His native Caribbean glows as vividly in the words as in the full-page primitive pictures. . .…

Africa Dream

by Eloise Greenfield

|January 30, 1992

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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…

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In spite of the hardship and suffering of wartime, children often find ways to see beauty and hope - in the natural world, in the love of family and friends, and in the ordinary activities of childhood. Through these graceful and eloquent poems, written from a…

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A collection of poems exploring the sounds, sights, and emotions enlivening a black neighborhood during the course of one evening.

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Brothers and sisters can be dear, can be company, can bring cheer, can start arguments, can make noise, can cause tears, can break toys . . . Brothers and brothers. Sisters and sisters. Brothers and sisters. Full, half, step, old and young, close in age and far…

Honey, I Love

by Eloise Greenfield

|December 24, 2002

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To one young narrator, it's the simple things that mean the most, like sharing laughter with a friend, taking family rides in the country, and kissing her mama's arm. When this poem was first published in 1978 in Honey, I Love and Other Love Poems , Eloise…

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Genny's parents are fighting ... again. Her little sister is hiding in the bathroom. Still, Genny is hopeful. Tonight is the night her big brother Larry comes home from the army. Genny is confident that Larry will say exactly the right thing to make the family…

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A young boy resolves his disappointment with his new baby sister by becoming an older brother. ‘How he changed his opinion about his sister is developed in a . . . visual and verbal paean to familial love.’ —H. ‘[The] pictures are…