Big Mama / Tony Crunk ; pictures by Margot Apple.
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- ISBN: 0374306885 :
- Physical Description: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 24 cm.
- Edition: 1st ed.
- Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2000.
Billy Boyd likes living with his grandmother, Big Mama, because she can make a space capsule out of junk, joins in all kinds of games, and turns a trip for ice cream into an adventure.
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Big Mama welcomes the neighborhood children into her home and "lets us do everything" states the narrative. "Through both words and artwork, an affecting portrait emerges of small-town life in a bygone day," said PW. Ages 3-6. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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Ages 4^-6. Inspired by neighbors in the western Kentucky community where Crunk grew up, this story features Big Mama, who brings up her orphaned grandson, Billy, and opens her heart and home to all his friends in the neighborhood. Big Mama encourages the kids' imaginations, joins in their games, makes them take responsibility for their mistakes, and turns a late-afternoon trip to the ice-cream stand into a memorable trek through town. They stop to help the good folk, hurry past the other folk, and walk home through the magical twilight. Apple's softly shaded drawings reflect the warmth of the text. Full of action and lively details, they include a boy with braces on his legs, sometimes in a wheelchair, who is just one of the gang. As the day fades into night, changes in light are subtly reflected in the well-drawn illustrations. There's a sense of musical rhythms underlying the broad sweep of each picture composition as well as the poses of individuals in the colorful double-page spreads. A quiet, satisfying picture book with a small-town setting and a big heart. --Carolyn Phelan
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PreS-Gr 1-Billy Boyd's grandmother is a favorite with the neighborhood children. They never have to worry about being too loud or too messy at Big Mama's house, and she never says they're acting silly if they speak backwards in intergalactic space code-in fact, she'll start speaking it herself. And when they accidentally break a neighbor's window during a dirt-clod fight, Big Mama goes along to help explain-even if she does make them mow the neighbor's yard for free all summer. Narrated in the voice of one of the neighborhood children, this gentle story is a sunny slice of small-town life. Details such as drive-in restaurants and large-finned cars set the story in an idealized past, but the immediacy of the characterization and the universality of the children's experience give the book a timeless flavor. Apple's softly lined illustrations match the tone of the text perfectly, and extend the story by introducing a cast of ethnically varied youngsters. This portrait of a woman with an infinite love for children will make kids wish they had their own "Big Mama."-Kathleen M. Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, Eldersburg, MD (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.