Grandma’s Purple Flowers

Grandma's Purple Flowers by Adjoa J. Burrowes Lee & Low Books, 2000 32 pages I've written before about the special relationship I had with my maternal grandmother, and about how devastated I was when she died, just a few months before I graduated from college. I know I was blessed to have her as long … Continue reading Grandma’s Purple Flowers

Molly Bannaky

Molly Bannaky by Alice McGill; ill. by Chris K. Soentpiet Houghton Mifflin, 1999 32 pages It's November: time for Thanksgiving, along with all the stories and lessons that accompany it. My daughter came home from school yesterday with a drawing of the Mayflower; the local children's librarian is displaying books about colonists and Native Americans. … Continue reading Molly Bannaky

Goin’ Someplace Special

Goin' Someplace Special by Patricia C. McKissack; ill. Jerry Pinkney Atheneum, 2001 40 pages Since the birth of my daughter, I've become painfully sensitive to the idea of parenting under hardship.  My heart twists around itself every time I think of families who are living through famine, war, oppression, or crushing poverty. This sensitivity reaches … Continue reading Goin’ Someplace Special