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Donald Crews, the Caldecott Honor artist and award-winning creator of Freight Train, Truck, and many other classic picture books for young children, writes of his own childhood experiences visiting his grandparents in Florida.

Four African American children travel with their mother, and when the train arrives in Cottondale, Florida, the summer at Bigmama's house begins! Donald Crews brilliantly evokes the sights, sounds, and emotions of a memorable childhood experience. Beautifully and richly illustrated, this is a wonderful choice for family reading and classroom sharing. "A very special book by a superb artist and storyteller."—The Horn Book

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Synopsis:

Welcome to Cottondale, where fun, adventures, and family love await. There is the house to check out and the farm to explore during the hot, endless, wonderful days of summer. Down on Bigmama's farm, everything is just the same--and just as it should be. Full color.

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When the train arrived in Cottondale, the summer at Bigmama's house in Florida began. Donald Crews brilliantly evokes the sights, sounds, and emotions of a memorable childhood experience. "A very special book by a superb artist and storyteller."--Horn Book.

About the Author

Donald Crews is the renowned creator of two Caldecott Honor books, Freight Train and Truck. Among his other enormously popular books are such favorites as Night at the Fair, Sail Away, Bigmama's, Shortcut, and School Bus. He and his wife, Ann Jonas, live in New York's Hudson River Valley.

Donald Crews grew up in Newark, New Jersey, and says that all through his childhood the members of his family were always doing something with their hands. He was always drawing pictures. Now, in the old farmhouse where he lives with his wife, the noted author and illustrator Ann Jonas, Donald Crews is still drawing pictures.

After graduating from New York City's Cooper Union, Mr. Crews spent three years working as a designer. He was assistant art director of Dance magazine, on the staff of a small design studio, and did freelance work as a book-jacket designer. But in 1962 he was inducted into the Army, and for a time his artistic pursuits were set aside. As the end of his eighteen-month military stint in Germany approached, he assigned himself to the task of writing and illustrating a children's book to add to his portfolio. The result was the brilliant concept book We Read: A to Z (Harper &Row, 1967), which, nearly twenty years later, was reissued by Greenwillow Books. Ten Black Dots, a counting book, came next, and then several books for which he did illustrations only. But the turning point came in 1978, when Greenwillow published Freight Train, a picture book inspired by Mr. Crews's childhood train trips from Newark to visit his grandmother in Florida. It was named a Caldecott Honor Book. Since then, Mr. Crews has created several other highly acclaimed picture books (including Truck, a 1981 Calclecott Honor Book), all painted in the flat, clean colors and bright, unambiguous shapes that are the hallmarks of his striking graphics.

When Donald Crews is asked why he focuses on picture books, he frequently answers, "Why not?" All the tools necessary for the creation of any piece of art are also elements in a successful picture book. Mr. Crews chooses a subject, explores ways to develop the subject visually, writes a story, then produces his finished illustrations. And the final audience, the children, tell him that they like what he does. Why not, indeed!

Product Details

ISBN:
9780688158422
Author:
Crews, Donald
Publisher:
Greenwillow Books
Author:
by Donald Crews
Author:
rews, Donald
Author:
C
Author:
Mikimoto, Haruhiko
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Children's 4-8 - Picturebooks
Subject:
Family life
Subject:
Ethnic - African American
Subject:
Afro-americans
Subject:
Country life
Subject:
Lifestyles - Farm Life
Subject:
Authors, American
Subject:
Illustrators
Subject:
Biographical - United States
Subject:
Lifestyles - Farm Life & Ranch Life
Subject:
People & Places - United States - African-American
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
Children s-General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
19980121
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from P up to 3
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
40
Dimensions:
8 x 9.875 in 5.6 oz
Age Level:
04-08

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"Synopsis" by , Welcome to Cottondale, where fun, adventures, and family love await. There is the house to check out and the farm to explore during the hot, endless, wonderful days of summer. Down on Bigmama's farm, everything is just the same--and just as it should be. Full color.
"Synopsis" by , When the train arrived in Cottondale, the summer at Bigmama's house in Florida began. Donald Crews brilliantly evokes the sights, sounds, and emotions of a memorable childhood experience. "A very special book by a superb artist and storyteller."--Horn Book.
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