I Got Community by Melrose Cooper

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A companion book to I Got a Family shows, in pictures and simple, rhyming text, the ways in which members of the child narrator's community show their love, mutual support, and mutual caring.
 

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Dale Gottlieb has written and illustrated several picture books, including "I Got a Family by Melrose Cooper and "Where Jamaica Go? Jane Burns and Dale Gottlieb collaborated on both text and art for this book. They also worked together on "Ask Babalouie: A Fortune-Telling Activity Kit (Chronicle, 1999).
 
Published March 1, 1995 by Henry Holth & Co (J). 1 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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A child describes her family of six--from Great-Gran to the cat--in engagingly informal compact verse: ``I got an Uncle, loves me wishin'./He's got a special place for fishin',/Says that he's shared it just with me!/Hunkerin' under his willow tree/Right where the riverbed meets the streams,/We ba...

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The title stresses the positive interdependence of community members of various ages, religions, and race, but the rhymes are forced: ``Got a policewoman, helps me be lawful,/Nabs all the criminals tough and awful.'' Some of the sentiments seem anti-community, e.g., the celebration of a neighbor ...

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Steadily, insistently rhythmic couplets built on a folksy vernacular herald the many and varied kinds of affection a child enjoys--from her Great-Gran, who, confined to a wheelchair, ``loves me still'';

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In PW's words, Gottlieb's ""expertly composed scenes admirably capture the largesse of emotion contained in these bright verses."" Ages 4-7.

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Using the same vernacular as in I Got a Family, Cooper brings a somewhat heavier touch to these verses about the meaning of community.

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