When Africa Was Home

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San Val, Incorporated, Mar 1, 1994 - 32 pages
9 Reviews
"The small white child in this picture book feels alien when his family returns to America. He can't wait to go back to the warm African village where he ran free with his friends under a wide sky. . . . The joyful text and Cooper's boldly drawn, glowing oil-wash pictures evoke the intensely physical experience of a small child . . ".--Booklist, starred review. Full color.

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User Review  - stephanie.west - LibraryThing

Summary: An American boy is being raised in Africa while his family is there for a work opportunity and he loves it. There's a ton of freedoms, no shoes, no busy streets and his best friend, when his ... Read full review

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User Review  - epalaz - LibraryThing

This is a good story to share about moving away from home and missing your life, as well as your friends. The illustrations are oil washed on board and the text are in kennerly. They both give a warm feeling to the story. I would share this story when discussing the continents. Read full review

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About the author (1994)

When Karen Lynn Williams was growing up in New Haven, Connecticut, her dream was to become the youngest novelist ever. At the age of ten, she formed a writing group with some of her friends. They would lounge around on pillows and in old stuffed chairs in her basement and write for hours. When Karen hadn't produced the hoped-for novel by the age of twelve, she gave up on her dream of early publication, but not on writing. Although it took longer than she initially thought it would, eventually Karen became the award-winning author of such books as "Baseball and Butterflies" (a novel) and "Galimoto" and "Painted Dreams, " both picture books illustrated by Catherine Stock. Karen Lynn Williams lives with her husband, Steven, and their children, Peter, Christopher, Rachel, and Jonathan, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The illustrator of more than sixty children's books, Floyd Cooper is a past recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration and a four-time recipient of the Coretta Scott King Honor Award. He lives in Pennsylvania with his family. Visit his website at www.floydcooper.com.

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