God Bless the Child
Publication Date: January 2004
List Price: $18.99*
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"Mama may have,
Papa may have,
But God bless the child
That's got his own!
That's got his own."
The song "God Bless the Child" was first performed by legendary jazz vocalist Billie Holiday in 1939 and remains one of her enduring masterpieces. In this picture book interpretation, renowned illustrator Jerry Pinkney has created images of a family moving from the rural South to the urban North during the Great Migration that reached its peak in the 1930s. The song's message of self-reliance still speaks to us today but resonates even stronger in its historical context. This extraordinary book stands as a tribute to all those who dared so much to get their own.
“This remarkable work is worth picking up…more than once.”
-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“. …brilliantly conceived.”
-ALA Booklist (starred review)
“The warm and sweeping illustrations are masterful”
-School Library Journal