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Title:
Back home
ISBN:
9780803711686

9780803711693
Edition:
First edition.
Publication:
New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, 1992.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color ; 29 cm.
General Note:
"The full-color artwork was prepared using pencil, colored pencils, and watercolor. It was then color-separated and reproduced as red, blue, yellow, and black halftones"--Title page verso.
Summary:
Eight-year-old Ernestine returns to visit relatives on the North Carolina farm where she was born.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.5 0.5 6206.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 5.4 2 Quiz: 00835 Guided reading level: P.
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Gloria Pinkney's atmospheric and loving first book was inspired by her own experiences of traveling from her home in the city to visit relatives on a North Carolina farm. When the young heroine is challenged by her male cousin about her "citified" ways, she wonders if she will ever fit in. The book is lavishly illustrated by the author's husband, award-winning artist Jerry Pinkney.


Summary

Eight-year-old Ernestine returns to visit relatives on the North Carolina farm where she was born.


Reviews 10

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-- A long train ride takes Ernestine to visit her great-uncle and aunt in North Carolina, to sleep in the house where her mama grew up, and to visit her own birthplace. Cousin Jack teases her for her city ways, but she quickly learns about raising goats and canning peaches, and by the time she has been to church and visited her grandmama's grave, Ernestine looks forward to a future visit. This is more a reminiscence than a plotted story, warm with Southern summer and family affection, a vignette of times gone by and roots rediscovered. Jerry Pinkney's full-page watercolors complement this account of a young girl's journey several decades ago. Their sketchy, impressionistic style softens the rural poverty and strengthens the genuine family feelings that greet Ernestine. Like Donald Crews's Bigmama's (Greenwillow, 1991), Back Home draws on personal history and celebrates the lives of an African-American family. --Shirley Wilton, Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Publisher's Weekly Review

A summer vacation turns into a warm and joyous lesson in family history when young Ernestine visits her relatives in North Carolina. A long train ride from the north has landed her on Uncle June, Aunt Beula and Cousin Jack's farm--the same farm where Ernestine was born and where her mother grew up. The girl's initial shy inquisitiveness gives way to a comfortable confidence as anecdotes, mementos and her own imagination help her weave a tapestry of family ties that she'll treasure forever. Gloria Pinkney's text has a relaxed pace that is perfectly suited to the summer setting. Her characterizations are particularly well drawn, and her dialogue thoroughly convincing. In some of Jerry Pinkney's finest work, sunlight filters through his pencil and watercolor illustrations, imbuing them with a feathery soft glow. Rustic elements such as mule and plow, a pipe stove and Uncle June's beloved old truck create a vivid sense of time and place. The human figures seem to spring to life in several atmosphere-laden scenes, their expressive, down-home faces shining with surprise, admiration and love. In a similar vein, Donald Crews's nostalgic Bigmama's evokes the same fond sentiments through slightly younger and more rambunctious protagonists. Ages 5-9. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Horn Book Review

Pinkney's glorious illustrations, filled with texture and color, enhance a nostalgic account of a young girl's visit to the old family home. Heartily welcomed by her uncle and aunt, Ernestine must win over her cousin Jack, who ridicules her for her ignorance of country ways. The simple story is evocative of a gentle past. From HORN BOOK 1992, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Kirkus Review

In her picture-book debut, the author--as Donald Crews did in Bigmama's (1991, ALA Notable)--re-creates the childhood experience of coming from a northern city to visit relatives in the rural South. Ernestine travels alone (``that ole train'' costs so much), and is heartily welcomed by her aunt and uncle but takes a little longer to feel comfortable with cousin Jack (he teases). Still, they make peace before it's time to go home. The author's warm narration is nicely enhanced with realistic dialogue and details; her husband's dappled, impressionistic art depicts a thriving, affectionate African-American farm family, beautifully capturing the subtleties of their interactions and Ernestine's growing confidence in her new surroundings. (Picture book. 5-9)


Booklist Review

/*STARRED REVIEW*/ Ages 5-9. Like Donald Crews' Bigmama's, this celebrates an African American child's discovery of her family's rural roots. From the moment that Ernestine steps off the train in Lamberton, North Carolina, she's enfolded in the joyful embrace of her smiling aunt and uncle. Full-page sunlit paintings in watercolor and pencil set the warmly individualized portraits within a dappled summer landscape of earth tones and shimmering greens. Small pictures focus on farm implements or interior scenes, like the glowing still-life of peaches and paring knife. There's not much story here, but it is more than a simple mood piece. Even while she enjoys the flowers and the farm animals and the sweet scent of freshly baked biscuits, Ernestine yearns for her cousin Jack to like her. But he's put off by her fancy clothes and city ways. She changes into her mother's old overalls, but he still embarrasses her and treats her like a clumsy stranger. The turnaround comes one day when they drive to where Ernestine was BORn. She loves the abandoned farmhouse and swears that someday she'll fix it up. Then the book's one wordless double-spread painting captures the exquisite moment when Jack discovers that he likes her. Absorbed in the place, she doesn't see his startled look of admiration, and the story never spells it out. But the cousins are connected after that, friends now, both glad she's coming back next summer. (Reviewed June 15, 1992)0803711689Hazel Rochman^I


School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-- A long train ride takes Ernestine to visit her great-uncle and aunt in North Carolina, to sleep in the house where her mama grew up, and to visit her own birthplace. Cousin Jack teases her for her city ways, but she quickly learns about raising goats and canning peaches, and by the time she has been to church and visited her grandmama's grave, Ernestine looks forward to a future visit. This is more a reminiscence than a plotted story, warm with Southern summer and family affection, a vignette of times gone by and roots rediscovered. Jerry Pinkney's full-page watercolors complement this account of a young girl's journey several decades ago. Their sketchy, impressionistic style softens the rural poverty and strengthens the genuine family feelings that greet Ernestine. Like Donald Crews's Bigmama's (Greenwillow, 1991), Back Home draws on personal history and celebrates the lives of an African-American family. --Shirley Wilton, Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Publisher's Weekly Review

A summer vacation turns into a warm and joyous lesson in family history when young Ernestine visits her relatives in North Carolina. A long train ride from the north has landed her on Uncle June, Aunt Beula and Cousin Jack's farm--the same farm where Ernestine was born and where her mother grew up. The girl's initial shy inquisitiveness gives way to a comfortable confidence as anecdotes, mementos and her own imagination help her weave a tapestry of family ties that she'll treasure forever. Gloria Pinkney's text has a relaxed pace that is perfectly suited to the summer setting. Her characterizations are particularly well drawn, and her dialogue thoroughly convincing. In some of Jerry Pinkney's finest work, sunlight filters through his pencil and watercolor illustrations, imbuing them with a feathery soft glow. Rustic elements such as mule and plow, a pipe stove and Uncle June's beloved old truck create a vivid sense of time and place. The human figures seem to spring to life in several atmosphere-laden scenes, their expressive, down-home faces shining with surprise, admiration and love. In a similar vein, Donald Crews's nostalgic Bigmama's evokes the same fond sentiments through slightly younger and more rambunctious protagonists. Ages 5-9. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Horn Book Review

Pinkney's glorious illustrations, filled with texture and color, enhance a nostalgic account of a young girl's visit to the old family home. Heartily welcomed by her uncle and aunt, Ernestine must win over her cousin Jack, who ridicules her for her ignorance of country ways. The simple story is evocative of a gentle past. From HORN BOOK 1992, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Kirkus Review

In her picture-book debut, the author--as Donald Crews did in Bigmama's (1991, ALA Notable)--re-creates the childhood experience of coming from a northern city to visit relatives in the rural South. Ernestine travels alone (``that ole train'' costs so much), and is heartily welcomed by her aunt and uncle but takes a little longer to feel comfortable with cousin Jack (he teases). Still, they make peace before it's time to go home. The author's warm narration is nicely enhanced with realistic dialogue and details; her husband's dappled, impressionistic art depicts a thriving, affectionate African-American farm family, beautifully capturing the subtleties of their interactions and Ernestine's growing confidence in her new surroundings. (Picture book. 5-9)


Booklist Review

/*STARRED REVIEW*/ Ages 5-9. Like Donald Crews' Bigmama's, this celebrates an African American child's discovery of her family's rural roots. From the moment that Ernestine steps off the train in Lamberton, North Carolina, she's enfolded in the joyful embrace of her smiling aunt and uncle. Full-page sunlit paintings in watercolor and pencil set the warmly individualized portraits within a dappled summer landscape of earth tones and shimmering greens. Small pictures focus on farm implements or interior scenes, like the glowing still-life of peaches and paring knife. There's not much story here, but it is more than a simple mood piece. Even while she enjoys the flowers and the farm animals and the sweet scent of freshly baked biscuits, Ernestine yearns for her cousin Jack to like her. But he's put off by her fancy clothes and city ways. She changes into her mother's old overalls, but he still embarrasses her and treats her like a clumsy stranger. The turnaround comes one day when they drive to where Ernestine was BORn. She loves the abandoned farmhouse and swears that someday she'll fix it up. Then the book's one wordless double-spread painting captures the exquisite moment when Jack discovers that he likes her. Absorbed in the place, she doesn't see his startled look of admiration, and the story never spells it out. But the cousins are connected after that, friends now, both glad she's coming back next summer. (Reviewed June 15, 1992)0803711689Hazel Rochman^I