Grandma Lois Remembers: An African-American Family Story

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Millbrook Press, Feb 1, 2002 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 32 pages
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An African American grandmother relates family and cultural history to her grandson in their Queens, New York, apartment as she tells of growing up in segregated Birmingham, Alabama. Includes a recipe and the words to Amazing Grace.

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Ann Morris's many books include "Families, Bread Bread Br

Ann Morris's many books include "Families, Bread Bread Bread, Hats Hats Hats, On the Go, " and "Loving". She lives inead, Hats Hats Hats, On the Go, " and "Loving". She lives in New York City.

As a children's book writer, Ann Morris New York City.

As a children's book writer, Ann Morris has been able to successfully integrate her varied experienchas been able to successfully integrate her varied experiences in teaching young children, travel, writing, and editing.es in teaching young children, travel, writing, and editing. Having grown up in the polyglot public schools of New York Having grown up in the polyglot public schools of New York City, where each child's ethnic heritage was revealed by hisCity, where each child's ethnic heritage was revealed by his name or by the contents of the lunch box from home filled w name or by the contents of the lunch box from home filled with sausages, egg rolls, matzos, or pizza, she developed a sith sausages, egg rolls, matzos, or pizza, she developed a strong Interest In cultures other than her own. " I'm a gypsytrong Interest In cultures other than her own. " I'm a gypsy by nature," she says. "I always have my suitcase packed." She and photographer Ken Heyman once traveled across the P> She and photographer Ken Heyman once traveled across the United States to document the lives often different familiesUnited States to document the lives often different families. Both she and the teacher's pupils liked the snake charmer/. Both she and the teacher's pupils liked the snake charmer/teacher who taught class in a circus trailer with her favoriteacher who taught class in a circus trailer with her favorite boa around her neck. Although Ms. Morris has never tried te boa around her neck. Although Ms. Morris has never tried this stunt he herself, she has taught children in public andthis stunt he herself, she has taught children in public and private schools in New York City, and adults at Bank Street private schools in New York City, and adults at Bank Street College, Columbia Teachers College, New York University, an College, Columbia Teachers College, New York University, and Queens College of the City University of New York. More red Queens College of the City University of New York. More recently she has been teaching writing for children at The Newcently she has been teaching writing for children at The New School.

Ann Morris left teaching to become editorial di School.

Ann Morris left teaching to become editorial director of Scholastic's early childhood department. Now she drector of Scholastic's early childhood department. Now she devotes her professional time to writing and all her other tievotes her professional time to writing and all her other time to 11 people watching, music in any and all Forms, cat came to 11 people watching, music in any and all Forms, cat care, cooking and eating, and travel." All of these experiencere, cooking and eating, and travel." All of these experiences, she says, provide material for her books.

In Israel Ms, she says, provide material for her books.

In Israel Ms. Morris was caught up in the enchantment of the place as ws. Morris was caught up in the enchantment of the place as well as the conflicts that are a consequence of its history. ell as the conflicts that are a consequence of its history. One of her books, When "Will They Stop Fighting? "(Atheneum)One of her books, When "Will They Stop Fighting? "(Atheneum), reflects her concern about children who have become the vi, reflects her concern about children who have become the victims of these conflicts.

Ann Morris worked with photogrctims of these conflicts.

Ann Morris worked with photographer Ken Heyman while producing an award-winning series of apher Ken Heyman while producing an award-winning series of sound-filmstrips for young children. Since then the author-psound-filmstrips for young children. Since then the author-photographer team has created several books in a multiculturahotographer team has created several books in a multicultural series for Lothrop, including "Hats, Hats, Hats; Shoes, Shl series for Lothrop, including "Hats, Hats, Hats; Shoes, Shoes, Shoes;" and "Bread, Bread, Bread." Her interest in travoes, Shoes;" and "Bread, Bread, Bread." Her interest in travel and the arts brought her to the famous Vaganova, Academy,el and the arts brought her to the famous Vaganova, Academy, where children of the famous Kirov ballet company are instr where children of the famous Kirov ballet company are instructed. This resulted in "On Their Toes" (Atheneum), followeducted. This resulted in "On Their Toes" (Atheneum), followed by "Dancing to America" (Dutton), photographed by Paul Koln by "Dancing to America" (Dutton), photographed by Paul Kolnik. The latter book is about one of the Russian children andik. The latter book

Authors Peter Linenthal and Abigail Johnston run the Potrero Hill Archives Project and previously wrote Images of America: San Franciscoas Potrero Hill.