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Kelly Starling Lyons - 'Going Down Home with Daddy'

"On reunion morning, we rise before the sun. Daddy hums as he packs our car with suitcases and a cooler full of snacks. He says there's nothing like going down home."

In this rich and moving celebration of history, culture, and ritual Lyons' eloquent text explores the power of family traditions. Stunning illustrations by Coretta Scott King Honor-winner Daniel Minter reveal the emotion and connections in a large, multigenerational family. Ages 5+

As with all of Kelly's book launches, there will be fun and refreshments. She will serve mini-biscuits and have a jelly-tasting station, including mayhaw jelly (mentioned in the book). In addition, Drum Prophet Eugene Taylor will play accompaniment on djembe drum.

Going Down Home with Daddy has received starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews as well as School Library Journal. Kirkus says, “Imagery is presented in marvelous metaphors… Minter's acrylic-wash prints soar… A warm, loving, necessary reminder of the power in families coming together.”

School Library Journal: “Minter’s illustrations, rendered in an acrylic wash, work in beautiful harmony with Lyons’s joyful portrait of a deeply loving multigenerational family. Carefully layered images, patterns, and textures reinforce the narrative links between family history, American history, ancestral land and nature, and the bonds of family... Readers will enjoy this moving celebration of familial love, history, and tradition. Highly recommended.”

Event date: 
Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 2:00pm
Event address: 
North Hills
4209-100 Lassiter Mill Road
Raleigh, NC 27609
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ISBN: 9781561459384
Availability: On our shelves
Published: Peachtree Publishing Company - April 1st, 2019


Set at one young boy's annual family reunion, this Caldecott Honor-winning picture book by Kelly Starling Lyons and Daniel Minter is a rich and moving celebration of Black history, culture, and the power of family traditions.

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