Knoxville, Tennessee by Nikki Giovanni

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Giovanni's brief poem about summertime in the rural South makes for a sunny picture book. An African American girl moves like a gentle breeze through Johnson's lush and warmly lit oil paintings as she describes and partakes of such seasonal fare as fresh sweet corn, homemade ice cream and ``lots of barbecue and buttermilk.'' The very short text here forces a reliance on mood and tone, with great success. The renowned poet's vivid writing features a graceful use of universal images and emotions that may stir the reader's memories. Johnson's artwork extends Giovanni's words, depicting verdant fields in crisp contrast to white houses and dresses. A church picnic never looked so tasty. All ages.
 

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Published January 1, 1994 by Scholastic. 1 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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From the author's first book, Black Feeling, Black Talk (1968), a brief (68-word) poem describing summers spent with her grandparents in the mountainous country setting where she was born, presented with attractive illustrations reflecting the poem's sense of family love and community strength.

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An African American girl moves like a gentle breeze through Johnson's lush and warmly lit oil paintings as she describes and partakes of such seasonal fare as fresh sweet corn, homemade ice cream and ``lots of barbecue and buttermilk.'' The very short text here forces a reliance on mood and tone,...

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