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Noni is scared walking home with Grandaddy at night in the city. But Grandaddy knows just how to help. He tells her the story of another night, down home in Alabama, when he himself got the frights. It was the very some night that Grandaddy first met Grandma Ismay. And it was the night of the tambourine moon.... Joy Jones celebrates the magic of love, family, and stories in a poetic text. And Terry Widener's rich, lyrical Illustrations are as warm as Grandaddy's mellow, comforting voice. Tambouring Moon will make readers feel snug and peaceful -- just like Noni does after hearing Grandaddy's story.
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Joy Jones is a playwright, poet, and author of Between Black Women: Listening with the Third Ear. Her plays have been seen on stages in New York, California, and Washington, D.C., and she has received several awards for her writing from the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities. Tambourine Moon evolved from the stories her father used to tell her about his childhood in Selma, Alabama. She lives in Washington, D.C.From Publishers Weekly:
Light emanates gracefully from Widener's (Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man) pleasing, stylized acrylic paintings, which inventively capture the dual settings of Jones's (Between Black Women) folksy tale and give dimension to its abundant, occasionally heavy-handed imagery. The narrative moves, a little choppily at first, between a shadow-filled city street, where Noni and her grandfather take a nighttime walk, and the Alabama countryside, where her grandfather grew up. Gazing at the moon, Grandaddy says it reminds him of "down home." Noni knows a story is coming, and one does. Lost on a dark night, GrandaddyAthen a young manApasses by a church and hears the choir rehearsing. At first the singers "sound like rocks hitting a rusty can," but then a soloist's voice rings out, "low and deep, and full, just like a brook in the Alabama woods." Captivated, he waits to meet the soloist, and straightaway knows she is the woman he will marry. After he walks her home, her tambourine jumps out of his hands and settles in the sky, "glowing and pouring light all over the night like butter running down the sides of a hot biscuit." For youngsters frightened of the dark, the book sheds some comforting light, but the densely metaphorical prose may make it hard to appreciate the image of the "tambourine moon" at this book's center. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
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Book Description Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0689806485 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW7.1200838
Book Description Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 1999. Condition: New. Terry Widener (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M0689806485