The Leaving Morning

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9780153036378: The Leaving Morning

Leaving a place can be long when, days before, you've already said good-bye to everyone you know--your friends, the grocer, your cousins, "especially your cousins." Then finally the day comes, and leaving is hard. Words and pictures catch exactly the mixture of excitement and wistfulness that "good-bye" can mean for young children. Full-color illustrations.

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As in Tell Me a Story, Mama (1989) and other books this team has created, the importance of family gets thematic pride of place here. Preparing to move from an urban apartment, a black family spends more time saying good-bye to friends, neighbors, and relatives (``We said good-bye to the cousins all day long'') than packing. In Soman's large, golden-brown watercolors, readers can follow the play of emotions in the faces of parents and children as they hug, kiss, shake hands, or just speak quietly to one another, until the narrator and his father, pregnant mother, and older sister sit smiling together in a room the movers have emptied, then wave one last good-bye from the street. A gently reassuring view of a common, and often traumatic, experience. (Picture book. 3-6) -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

From School Library Journal:

Kindergarten-Grade 2-- The time has come for an African-American family to move from their city apartment into a new home. Johnson invokes the feelings of children as she tells in their language a simple story of the ambivalence of leaving familiar surroundings. Illustrations capture the mood of the text in depicting all the joy, sorrow, anxiety, and hurry of a moving day. Johnson conveys all this with the same tenderness as found in her Tell Me a Story, Mama (1989), Do Like Kyla (1990) , and When I Am Old with You (1990, all Orchard). It's a book that's sure to reassure children in the same situation. --Barbara Osborne Williams, Queens Borough Public Library, Jamaica, NY
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