Back Home by Gloria Jean Pinkney
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Gloria Pinkney's atmospheric and loving first book was inspired by her own experiences of traveling from her home in the city to visit relatives on a North Carolina farm. When the young heroine is challenged by her male cousin about her "citified" ways, she wonders if she will ever fit in. The book is lavishly illustrated by the author's husband, award-winning artist Jerry Pinkney.
 

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Acclaimed American artist Jerry Pinkney was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on December 22, 1939. He began drawing as a four-year-old child, studied commercial art at the Dobbins Vocational School, and received a full scholarship to the Philadelphia Museum College of Art. After graduating, Pinkney worked in design and illustrations, helped found Kaleidoscope Studios, and later opened the Jerry Pinkney Studio. Pinkney is well-known as a children's book illustrator and has created the art for over one hundred titles, including Julius Lester's John Henry, Sam and the Tigers, and The Old African, plus adaptations of Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Match Girl and The Nightingale. He has won five Caldecott Honor Medals, five Coretta Scott King Awards, four Coretta Scott King Honor Awards, four New York Times Best Illustrated Book awards, the Hamilton King Award, and many others. He received the Virginia Hamilton Literary award from Kent State University in 2000, the University of Southern Mississippi Medallion in 2004, and the Original Art's Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Illustrators in 2006. Pinkney was awarded the 2009 Caldecott Medal. In addition to holding numerous one-man retrospectives and exhibiting his work in more than one hundred international group shows, Pinkney's art resides in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library, the Delaware Art Museum, and the Brandywine River Art Museum. He has taught art at the Pratt Institute, the University of Delaware, and the University of Buffalo.
 
Published September 8, 1992 by Dial. 40 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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1st, 1992 ISBN: 0140565477 Page count: 40pp ...

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This semiautobiographical story follows an African-American girl from up North as she visits her relatives in North Carolina; PW's starred review singled out the author's fine characterizations an

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Rustic elements such as mule and plow, a pipe stove and Uncle June's beloved old truck create a vivid sense of time and place.

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This semiautobiographical story follows an African-American girl from up North as she visits her relatives in North Carolina; PW's starred review singled out the author's fine characterizations an

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