Honey Baby Sugar Child
Honey Baby Sugar Child
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Annotation: A mother expresses her everlasting love for her child in this warm, poetic picture book. Alice Faye Duncan's playful, affectionate text and Susan Keeter's tender paintings will touch your heart and soul. I'm gone always be yo sweet Ma'Dear, and you gone always be my baby.
Catalog Number: #3106436
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Copyright Date: 2005
Edition Date: 2005
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-689-84678-9
ISBN 13: 978-0-689-84678-6
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2005275360
Dimensions: 26 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
ALA Booklist
This picture book could have been published as a sturdy board book, but it's easy to see why a full-size, hardcover format was ultimately chosen: Keeter's satiny oil portraits of an African American mom and her handsome toddler deserve to be reproduced in large format. Setting off the warm skin tones with bright tropical hues, Keeter enfolds iconic moments of babyhood in a cocoon of burnt-sugar warmth and sweetness. There is something a bit off-putting in the smothering maternal impulses that sometimes surface in Duncan's text (this mom wants to squeeze and kiss her sweet Puddin' n' Pie until the sugar's gone). Still, the poetic narrative will especially appeal to many African American families for language that reflects the sounds and rhythms of their households (I'm gone always be yo sweet Ma'Dear), and the reassuring words and joyful images should touch an even broader audience.
Horn Book
An adoring mother speaks to her toddler in a lyrical outpouring of love: "My heart / skips uh bop for you." Realistic illustrations from a variety of perspectives, including some effective close-ups, show the two cuddling, playing, and dancing. The book may have more appeal for adults, but it presents opportunities for parent/child interaction ("I wanna squeeze ya") that young listeners may enjoy.
Kirkus Reviews
The use of oils on gessoed paper makes for extraordinarily rich painting, and Keeter's double-paged, full-bleed, beautifully colored illustrations have a delicious power. A mother and her son fill these pages, usually in tight close-up, while the mom cuddles her little one, feeds him, takes him out to run in the grass and play patty-cake. Mom, with her gold jewelry, corn-rows, and open, smiling face is as beautiful as her bright-eyed little one—who appears to be about one or two—is cute. And what does she say? What all moms say, crooning a maternal love song: "Sugar Child, / Sweet Puddin' 'n' Pie, / Lord knows / it's true what I say. . . . You the star in my crown. / You the joy in my smile. / You the angel in my dreams." This paean to maternal heart's delight is couched in lilting language with a touch of black or Southern intonation, excellent for reading aloud and rocking along. (Picture book. 3-7)
School Library Journal
PreS-Rhythmic, somewhat dialectal prose combines with Keeter's warm and expressive oil paintings to convey a sense of song and motion across the pages of this simple book. Heartwarming scenes of an African-American mother and child cuddling, playing, dancing, and napping together are sure to evoke powerful feelings of love, nurturing, and security in both parent and child. Pair this lyrical offering with one of these other stories depicting young children, mostly African American, within the context of a loving family: Trish Cooke's So Much (1994) and Full, Full, Full of Love (2003, both Candlewick); Ann Tyler's Baby Dance (1999); and Vera B. Williams's "More More More," Said the Baby (1990, both HarperCollins).-Mary N. Oluonye, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Reading Level: 1.0
Interest Level: P-2

A mother expresses her everlasting love for her child in this warm, poetic picture book. Alice Faye Duncan's playful, affectionate text and Susan Keeter's tender paintings will touch your heart and soul.
I'm gone always be yo sweet Ma'Dear, and you gone always be my baby.


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