The Baby on the Way (Hardcover)
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 9780374373610, 32pp.
Publication Date: October 1, 2005
By the Coretta Scott King Honor author
In an urban rooftop garden, a young African American boy named Jamal initiates an intriguing conversation with his grandmother when he asks her if she was ever a baby. Turns out Grandma was even once ?the baby on the way,? and she proceeds to tell the story of her birth, the tenth child in a poor farming family. As she discusses the events and traditions that accompanied her welcome to the world, from the fetching of the midwife to a folkways ritual of drinking water from a thimble, vivid, expressionistic paintings from a talented new illustrator evoke the past.
Praise For The Baby on the Way…
"Grandma offers to tell [Jamal] about when he was the baby on the way - and what young listeners won't want to hear their own versions of that story?" -- Kirkus Reviews "Delightful.? ?Chicago Tribune "The intimate artwork, in earth colors with pencil-thin line details, shows the loving bond between family members stretching back in time and into the future." -- Booklist "This is a gentle, sentimental book that addresses an age-old question and the curiosity that children have about their grandparents." -- School Library Journal "A solemn spiritual, whose resolution lies less in the possibility of joy than in the quieter peace of enduring." --The New York Times Book Review "The storytelling has all the character and tenderness of a real grandmother's style." -- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books