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The best part of Christmas is the whole family savoring Mim's belly-hum jam together. But this Christmas, Pap is far away in New York City, digging a hole for something called the subway, and his family is missing him something awful. Pap aches to be home, but the heartless foremen of his dig site have decided there will be no break, not even for Christmas. It looks like it's going to be one lonely holiday for everyone . . . until young Saraleen and Royce send their pap a gift that may just inspire a Christmas miracle.
The recipient of a Coretta Scott King Author Honor and a two-time Caldecott Honor illustrator have created a warm and magical holiday classic about the power of love, complete with the recipe for Mim's Christmas jam.
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ANDREA DAVIS PINKNEY is an acclaimed author whose awards include a Coretta Scott King Author Honor for Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters. She is also a children’s book editor in New York City.
BRIAN PINKNEY is a celebrated picture book illustrator who has won two Caldecott Honors, the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award, and three Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honors. The Pinkneys live in Brooklyn, New York.
Ages 3-8. Pap is spending Christmas Eve in New York City "digging a long, wide hole for something called the subway." The children miss him, so Mim suggests they make him a batch of belly-hum jam, a recipe passed down from ancestors who were slaves. Its main ingredients, she tells the children, are love and pride in their family. Pap is nearly reprimanded by his foremen when he tries to share his jam with other workers, but he's rescued by the sweet smell of the belly-hum. After just one taste of the jam, the foremen stop the work and send everyone home for Christmas. This heartwarming tale not only reveals some history about one of the country's greatest engineering marvels but also portrays the essence of Christmas spirit. Brian Pinkney's trademark scratchboard illustrations are a fitting nostalgic accompaniment, and there's a clear, concise preface that supplies background about the subway's construction. Mim's jam recipe is at the end of the book. Cynthia Turnquest
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