The Aunt in Our House by Angela Johnson

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When The Aunt comes to live with them, the entire family enjoys her company and helps her forget about the home she has lost.

About Angela Johnson

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Angela Johnson was born on June 18, 1961 in Tuskegee, Alabama. She attended Kent State University and worked with Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) as a child development worker. She has written numerous children's books including Tell Me a Story, Mama, Shoes like Miss Alice, Looking for Red, A Cool Moonlight and Lily Brown's Paintings. She won the Coretta Scott King Author's Award three times for Toning the Sweep in 1994, for Heaven in 1999, and for The First Part Last in 2004, which also won the Michael L. Printz Award. In 2003, she was named a MacArthur fellow. David Soman was born in New York and graduated from Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio. He is an illustrator and also teaches courses at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Some of his published credits include Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy, Splash! and Poems of Our Watery World. His awards include: Ezra Jack Keats/Unicef Award, Coretta Scott King Award, Aileen & Manuel Torres Graphics Award, Catherine Lolliard Wolfe Award, William Allan White Children's Book Award. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Published March 1, 1996 by Orchard Books (NY). 8 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The text is spare: ``She brought a fish in a bowl/and a chair that she sat under a tree./ She said that we were hers now./The Aunt was ours too./So we watched the Aunt in our house.'' There is an undertone of abiding sadness here: ``But sometimes/The Aunt in our house/is quiet/and looks out the w...

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Told by the older of two siblings who live with their white father and African American mother, the story opens on an affectionate note: ""The sun shines brighter through the front window in our house since The Aunt came.

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