Me & Neesie (reillustrated)

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9780060007010: Me & Neesie (reillustrated)

Janell does everything with her best friend, Neesie, but Mama and Daddy can't seem to understand that Neesie's not made up. She's very real ... to Janell.

In Me & Neesie, Eloise Greenfield offers a reassuring story about the special place an imaginary friend and a loving, caring family have in a little girl's heart. First published in 1975, Me & Neesie was selected as a Reading Rainbow book. This special thirtieth anniversary edition has been illustrated with new, vibrant paintings by Jan Spivey Gilchrist.

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About the Author:

Eloise Greenfield is the author of an illustrious list of books for young people, including The Friendly Four, a Texas 2x2 Reading List book; In the Land of Words, an NCTE Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts; and How They Got Over: African Americans and the Call of the Sea, winner of a Bank Street Children's Book Award—all illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist. She is a recipient of the Virginia Hamilton Literary Award; the Coretta Scott King Author Award; the Award of Excellence from the Washington, D.C., branch of the National Writing Project; the Milner Award; the Hope S. Dean Award from the Foundation for Children's Literature; and the NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. Ms. Greenfield lives in Washington, D.C.



Jan Spivey Gilchrist illustrated the Coretta Scott King Award Book Nathaniel Talking, the Coretta Scott King Honor Book Night on Neighborhood Street, and Me & Neesie, all written by Eloise Greenfield. She wrote and co-illustrated My America with Ashley Bryan, which was named a Parents' Choice Recommended Award winner. An inductee into the International Literary Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent, Ms. Gilchrist received an MFA in writing for children from Vermont College and a doctoral degree in English from Madison University. She lives near Chicago, Illinois.

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PreSchool-Grade 2 - This 30th-anniversary edition of Greenfield's beloved title features fresh, full-color watercolor-and-ink paintings. Gilchrist's update, a lively contrast to the duotone (pink and black) scenes created by Moneta Barnett in 1975, is sure to attract a new generation of readers. The warm palette depicts the antics of an African-American girl and her mischievous imaginary friend. Neesie's form is as defined and vibrant as her real counterpart, until Janell's first day of school. Then Neesie's body becomes transparent, and when Janell returns home in the afternoon, she can't find her companion anywhere. The text has been modified slightly: the concept of "spanking" now reads as "would have been in trouble," and some of the language has been changed to Standard English, although much of the vernacular remains. All children will relate to the universal quest for friendship and security and will find comfort in this loving family's support during a time of transition. - Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library
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