Thursday, October 26, 2006

Coming On Home Soon

Written by Jacqueline Woodson; Illustrated by E.B Lewis.

This is a lovely, lovely picture book. During the war a young girl’s mama goes North to work on the railroad in Chicago. The love between mother and daughter, grandmother, daughter and granddaughter are stronger than the worst the cold snap; “more than rain, more than snow” as they tell each other over and over. Waiting for a letter and money from her mother, the young girl and her grandmother take care of each other and make a home for a stray kitten. “It’s a slip of a thing. But its softness is big.” Watercolor paintings full of love and longing and hope illustrate and go beyond the words, bringing tears to my eyes. This is a truly beautiful book about the strength of families and the faithfulness of love. Like the kitten, it’s “warm as ten quilts on my lap.” We treasure this one.

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