William and the Good Old Days

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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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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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Once again Greenfield displays commendable sensitivity in this story about an African American boy who must cope with a beloved grandmother's illness. William reminisces about the "good old days" before Grandma got sick and lost her sight. He longs for the times at Grandma's restaurant--a nurturing world full of loving family and friends--"where all those happy people -sounds would make my food taste extra, extra good." Eventually William begins to focus on the "good new days," planning how Grandma can help him plant flowers despite her blindness. Greenfield captures not only the language of a child but also a credible reaction to the decline of a grandparent: anger, sadness, compassion and, ideally, the courage to accept and move forward. As in the author and artist's Night on Neighborhood Street , the text fits hand-in-glove with Gil-christ's paintings, equally rich in emotion and in tenderness for their subjects, their compositions delicately juxtaposing William's everyday circumstances and those he yearns for. Ages 4-8.
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