Tell Me a Story, Mama

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Orchard Books, Aug 1, 1992 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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Mama begins to tell her young daughter a bedtime story, but the little girl soon takes over the narration, telling the familiar tale about the time Grandma had to send Mama and Aunt Jessie to St. Louis by train alone.

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This is a book that demonstrates childrens love of stories and listening to stories of their parents when they were little. In this story the little girl every night retells her mama's stories to her mama and makes sure that she gets the stories right. This book demonstrates how stories are passed down from generation to generation and is a nice book for bedtime stories as well. 

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This is a story that conveys the power of telling stories to children about adult's childhood. Children love to hear about how life was like for their parents, and in this story the young girl knows all the stories so well she can tell them back to her mom.

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About the author (1992)

Angela Johnson was born on June 18, 1961 in Tuskegee, Alabama. She attended Kent State University and worked with Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) as a child development worker. She has written numerous children's books including Tell Me a Story, Mama, Shoes like Miss Alice, Looking for Red, A Cool Moonlight and Lily Brown's Paintings. She won the Coretta Scott King Author's Award three times for Toning the Sweep in 1994, for Heaven in 1999, and for The First Part Last in 2004, which also won the Michael L. Printz Award. In 2003, she was named a MacArthur fellow.

David Soman was born in New York and graduated from Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio. He is an illustrator and also teaches courses at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Some of his published credits include Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy, Splash! and Poems of Our Watery World. His awards include: Ezra Jack Keats/Unicef Award, Coretta Scott King Award, Aileen & Manuel Torres Graphics Award, Catherine Lolliard Wolfe Award, William Allan White Children's Book Award.

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