Little Lil and the Swing-Singing Sax by Libba Moore Gray

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Lil's Uncle Sudi Man hocks his saxophone so that the family will have the money to pay for medicine for Lil's sick mother, but after she is well, Lil devises a plan to once again reunite her Uncle Sudi Man with his beloved sax.
 

About Libba Moore Gray

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Libba Moore Gray has been an actress, a dancer, and for twenty years a teacher of high school English and drama. Her poetry and short stories have appeared in a number of literary magazines, but "Miss Tizzy" is her first writing for children.Ms. Gray's four children include a businessman, a ballerina, a teacher, and a professional clown. With her husband, Robert, she makes her home in Knoxville, Tennessee. Lisa Cohen is a self-taught artist who was born in Cape Town, South Africa. She moved to the United States in the early 1980s, eager to embrace freedom of expression. She paints and lives in New Orleans with her family.
 
Published September 1, 1996 by Simon & Schuster (Juv).
Genres: Travel, Children's Books.

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Little Lil lives with her mother, Mama Big Lil, and her ``fat- cheeked, curly-haired, horn-blowing Uncle Sudi Man.'' They are poor, but they love each other, and they laugh more than they cry.

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""In the feel-good tradition of The Little Engine That Could and Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, another obsolete vehicle makes the grade,"" said PW.

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It went past the small, brown grocery store where the owner gave it a snappy salute.'' Cheery bursts of onomatopoeia relieve the monotony, mimicking various truck sounds, e.g., a ``Perka perka / Pop pop / Stop'' indicates its fitful halting.

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""Uncle Sudi Man lived with me and my mama, his sister, and everybody called her Big Lil and they called me Little Lil and we didn't have much money but we had a lot of love and we laughed more than we cried,"" the girl explains.

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