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Gingerbread Days

Joyce Carol Thomas

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ISBN 10: 0060234725 / ISBN 13: 9780060234720
Published by Joanna Cotler Books, 1995
Used Condition: Good Hardcover
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This is a copy of poems for all ages called Gingerbread Days, copyright 1995, first edition, hard cover, dust jacket, written by Joyce Carol Thomas, with illustrations by Floyd Cooper. The book has usual library markings, otherwise in good condition with tight binding, mylar on dust jacket and nice color illustrations. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 003433

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Title: Gingerbread Days

Publisher: Joanna Cotler Books

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Hard Cover

Illustrator: Floyd Cooper

Book Condition:Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Good

Edition: First Edition.

Book Type: Ex-Library

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A collection of seasonal poems follows an African-American boy's celebration of the family traditions and holidays of the year, from January's gingerbread baking through the gift-giving days of December.

From Publishers Weekly:

Like food stored away for winter, this rich harvest of poems contains enough sustenance to last throughout the year. A companion volume to Thomas and Cooper's Brown Honey in Broomwheat Tea, the 12 poems included are somewhat arbitrarily linked to various months of the year but unified by a single narrator. "August Cowboy" tells of a boy's Buffalo Soldier grandfather; "April Medicine" is about how the boy is comforted by his mother's touch because she knows "the temperature of [his] head" and the "weather of [his] heart." Each poem and paiting is infused with the warmth and strength of the boy's family and his home where, as he says, "We drink love for breakfast." Cooper's predominantly yellow and brown palette reflects the glow of a hearth fire, where the father's "bricklayer hands/ red and muddy with mortar" smell like "the fireplace/ He's built and stoked with wood" to warm the family's "chilly bones." Thomas's simple but touching language describes a hopeful world where school, church, and family ties are celebrated, where "people are more important than things," and where love is as wonderful as gingerbread, warm and spicy from the oven. All ages.
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