Jonathan and His Mommy by Irene Smalls

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As a mother and son explore their neighborhood, they try various ways of walking--from giant steps and reggae steps to criss cross steps and backwards steps.
 

About Irene Smalls

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Irene Smalls has been a model, an actress, a radio reporter, and a small business owner, but her favorite job is being a children's author. She has written several books for young readers, including Kevin and His Dad, also illustrated by Michael Hays. Michael Hays has illustrated many picture books, as well as many book jackets for older readers. He has also taught children's book illustration at Columbia College Chicago, and enjoys music and storytelling.
 
Published September 1, 1994 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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A playful story about a small African-American and his mother taking a long walk through their city neighborhood and making a game of using different steps--giant steps, baby steps, bunny hops, ballet twirls, backward steps.

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Far be it from this African American youngster and his mother to saunter down the street just any old way. They first ``zig-zag walk''and then take ``big giant steps and talk in loud giant voices''; s

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Hays's ( Abiyoyo ) soft pastels capture the sights and feeling of urban life as the two pass stores, a park's fountain and graffiti-covered walls, pausing to dance by a building stoop.

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