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Abrams Books for Young Readers
November 16, 2021
10.31 X 8.35 X 0.55 inches | 1.0 pounds
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About the Author
Winsome Bingham is a soul food connoisseur, master cook, and a US Army war and disabled veteran. She received both bachelor's and master's degrees in education and has more than 15 years of teaching experience. You can find her writing on a deck while waiting patiently with a camera to capture a submarine shooting out of the water. She lives in Groton, Connecticut. C. G. Esperanza is the second of six cool kids. The South Bronx is where he first opened his eyelids. A dope land shrouded in bright-colored decay, the home of graffiti and hip-hop DJs! He paints funky elephants! Bodegas, too! Mixed with this wonder is some whimsical truth. Esperanza has a voice that is seldom heard. A fusion of jazz, distorted guitars, and chirping birds. Esperanza is also the author-illustrator of Red, Yellow, Blue (and a Dash of White, Too!). He lives in the Bronx.
"This nourishing story will gratify soul food aficionados, as well as anyone who's experienced how bonds strengthen through food and traditions."
"Esperanza's vibrant illustrations are awash in saturated colors, photo-realistic facial expressions, and pronounced outlines, and they positively radiate this family's joy and love for one another. . .Food-related words and onomatopoeia are called out in large, colorful fonts, adding to the reading fun." -- "Booklist"
"Debut author Bingham hits all the right tasty notes here. . .Esperanza's stunning oils . . .are like a good family gathering, loud yet harmonious, with sunny yellow predominating. It's a delicious, bouncy love song to family, tradition, and the passing on of family legacies, and viewers will yearn for a seat at the table." -- "The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"
"With each step, the narrator gives it his all in a rhythmic, pleasingly repetitive text, and Granny warmly approves. Perfectly suited to be shared with both those of the culture and those looking on." -- "Kirkus Reviews"
"A book that invites readers into an extended family's moment in time, this welcoming title should be on any shelf addressing family life, celebrations, and food." -- "School Library Journal"
"A gustatory and olfactory family feast that will evoke strong memories for some and make others wish they had them." -- "The Horn Book Magazine"