When Africa Was Home

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Bt Bound, 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

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.

Floyd Cooper received a Coretta Scott King Award for his illustrations in The Blacker the Berry and a Coretta Scott King Honor for his illustrations in Brown Honey in Broomwheat Tea and I Have Heard of a Land. Born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Mr. Cooper received a degree in fine arts from the University of Oklahoma and, after graduating, worked as an artist for a major greeting card company. In 1984 he came to New York City to pursue a career as an illustrator of books and now lives in Easton, Pennsylvania, with his wife and children.

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