Miss Elizabeth sits in her grandmother's rocker, rocking and remembering. She remembers back 50 years ago when she was a little girl, and she remembers Willie Rudd, the black housekeeper who helped raise her. Then she decides to write Willie a letter to tell her something she never told Willie when she was alive--that she loved her. Full-color ...
Miss Elizabeth sits in her grandmother's rocker, rocking and remembering. She remembers back 50 years ago when she was a little girl, and she remembers Willie Rudd, the black housekeeper who helped raise her. Then she decides to write Willie a letter to tell her something she never told Willie when she was alive--that she loved her. Full-color illustrations.
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Publishers Weekly, 1993-07-19 Moving, evocative and thought-provoking, Gray's ( Miss Tizzy ) work deals with an ambitious topic, the Jim Crow South. As she rocks on her twilit front porch, Miss Elizabeth, a middle-aged white woman, thinks wistfully of Willie Rudd, the black housekeeper of her childhood home, ``now surely gone to heaven if anyone ever has.'' With quiet determination, she addresses the long-dead servant, writing to her ``for my mother and for my grandmother and for me.'' The letter belatedly voices Miss Elizabeth's love for her and the wisdom she has gained in the 50 years since her girlhood. ``I wish you could come to see me once again,'' she writes. ``This time you would come in my front door . . . not my back door.'' Her wistful list continues (``We would go to the movies and sit together in the front row''). When she finishes, she ties the letter to a kite and releases it heavenward, then resumes rocking on her porch. With great subtlety Gray unfolds the story of a life--and of a country's shameful history. Fiore's richly textured, full-spread oil paintings in dusky hues capture both Miss Elizabeth's revisited childhood world and her contemplative mood as she rocks against the darkening sky. A beautiful and significant book. Ages 4-6. (Aug.)
Publishers Weekly, 2000-02-07 In a starred review, PW called this a "moving, evocative and thought-provoking" account of a woman revisiting her childhood relationship with her family's black housekeeper in the Jim Crow South--and wishing it could have been different. Ages 5-8. (Feb.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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