William and the Good Old Days by Eloise Greenfield

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A little boy remembers his grandmother before she became ill, and during her long recovery he tries to imagine how things will be when she comes home from the hospital.

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Eloise Greenfield was born in Parmele, North Carolina, on May 17, 1929. While she was still an infant, her family moved to Washington, D.C., where she has lived ever since. Ms. Greenfield studied piano as a child and teenager, before getting a full time civil service job. Her decision to write came from a lack of books on African Americans. There were far too few books that told the truth about African-American people. Ms. Greenfield wanted to change that. Greenfield has received many honors for her work, including the 1990 Recognition of Merit Award presented by the George G. Stone Center for Children's Books in Claremont, California for Honey, I Love; and an honorary degree from Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts. In addition to writing herself, Eloise Greenfield has found time to work with other writers. She headed the Adult Fiction and Children's Literature divisions of the D.C. Black Writers' Workshop (now defunct), a group whose goal was to encourage the writing and publishing of Africa-American literature. She has given free workshops on the writing of African-American literature for children, and, under grants from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, has taught creative writing to elementary and junior high school students. Ms. Greenfield is also a member of the African-American Writers Guild. Greenfield has also received the Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children, given by the National Council of Teachers of English. In 1999 she became a member of the National Literary Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent. She has received the Coretta Scott King Award for Africa Dream, the Carter G. Woodson Award for Rosa Parks, and the Irma Simonton Black Award for She Come Bringing Me That Little Baby Girl. For many of her books, she has received Notable Book citations from the American Library Association, the National Council of Teachers of English, and the National Council for the Social Studies. Ms. Greenfield has received, for the body of her work, the 1993 Lifetime Achievement Award from Moonstone, Inc., Philadelphia; and the 1993 Children's Literature and Social Responsibility Award from the Boston Educators for Social Responsibility. JAN SPIVEY GILCHRIST was a fine artist and art educator for nearly twenty years before she entered the children's book field in 1988, with the illustrations for Children of Long Ago. Since then she has illustrated more than fifty books for children. She has received a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award for Nathaniel Talking, a collection of poems by Eloise Greenfield, and a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Honor for Night on Neighborhood Street, also by Greenfield. Their other collaborations include In the Land of Words; Honey, I Love; How They Got Over; I Can Draw a Weeposaur and Other Dinosaurs; Water, Water; For the Love of the Game; and Me & Neesie. Many of these books have won ALA Notables and numerous other awards. Gilchrist has been inducted into the International Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent and the Society of Illustrators.
Published September 1, 1993 by Harpercollins Childrens Books. 32 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books. Fiction

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Young William thinks about his ailing grandmother, just home from the hospital, remembering the good times in her small diner and hoping for more of them when she's feeling better.

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