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Sweet, sweet memory
Woodson, Jacqueline.
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Publication Information:
New York : Jump at the Sun/Hyperion Books for Children, [2000]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : coll. illustrations : 29 cm
A child and her grandmother feel sad when Grandpa dies, but as time passes, funny memories of him make them laugh and feel better.
Reading Level:
AD 380 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.0 0.5 49500.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.9 2 Quiz: 25087 Guided reading level: M.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Sarah and her grandmother feel sad when Grandpa dies, and Sarah always tries to remember what he always used to say about the garden. As summer slips into fall, Grandma and Sarah share a rich garden harvest, and share their sweet memories of Grandpa. Full-color illustrations.

Author Notes

Jacqueline Woodson was born in Columbus, Ohio on February 12, 1963. She received a B.A. in English from Adelphi University in 1985. Before becoming a full-time writer, she worked as a drama therapist for runaways and homeless children in New York City. Her books include The House You Pass on the Way, I Hadn't Meant to Tell You This, and Lena. She won the Coretta Scott King Award in 2001 for Miracle's Boys. After Tupac and D Foster, Feathers, and Show Way won Newbery Honors. Brown Girl Dreaming won the E. B. White Read-Aloud Award in 2015. Her other awards include the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the 2018 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. She was also selected as the Young People's Poet Laureate in 2015 by the Poetry Foundation.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 5^-8. Woodson's words will resonate with those who have lost someone dear. The young narrator is wearing a white dress, and there is no one to help her comb her hair. Children slowly come to realize the reason the house is hushed is because Grandpa has died. As the narrative unfolds, relatives gather and tell stories, but the little girl's story is stuck in her throat. Finally, she is able to repeat Grandpa's words, "Everything and everyone goes on and on." Afterward, the girl does as her grandfather advised: she watches the world. She watches for Grandpa's collards, cabbage, tomatoes, and sweet potatoes to be harvested; everything is a sweet memory. The elegant text is matched by Cooper's images, which manage to be both dreamy and strong. Unfortunately, the jacket painting looks confusingly similar to that of another book reviewed in this issue, Amy Littlesugar's Freedom School, Yes!, on p.1155 Inside, though, the story is distinctive: its emotional context is clearly portrayed as a family's sorrow and joy come to the fore. --Ilene CooperReference Books Bulletin

Publisher's Weekly Review

A girl clings to warm memories of her grandfather as relatives gather for his memorial service, as she takes to heart his advice to "listen to things... listen to the way life goes on and on." Ages 5-9. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-4-A sad young girl readies herself for her beloved grandfather's funeral. Soon relatives gather to share prayer, food, and stories. Sarah's story, however, remains "stuck there in the back of my throat" until an uncle reminds her that her grandfather always said, "Everything and everyone goes on and on." That "sweet memory" finally brings a smile to her face and to the faces of others who recall that he told them the same thing. And life does go on for the girl and her grandmother. There is much to like about this lyrical text, but there are some jarring transitions as well. It is also difficult to believe that a child who is combing her hair by herself for the first time would utter sentences like, "The house is hushed and golden," and "Outside, the sun fades and the crickets' song grows loud." Still, the repetition of "everything and everyone goes on and on" is well paced throughout the text and delineated in the movement of seasons, and memories of the deceased man continuing to live on in the hearts and minds of those who loved him. Cooper's signature soft-textured illustrations are the perfect complement for Woodson's gentle text. They are large, framed in the same cream-colored background on which the text is placed, and spill over onto each facing page. Cooper's faces are filled with a range of emotions, from sorrow to joy to determination to continue with the business of living.-Marianne Saccardi, Norwalk Community College, CT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.