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Me and Momma and Big John
Contributor(s): Rockliff, Mara (Author), Low, William (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 0763643599     ISBN-13: 9780763643591
Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
OUR PRICE: $14.44  

Binding Type: Hardcover
Published: August 2012
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Art
- Juvenile Fiction | Family - General (see Also Headings Under Social Themes)
- Juvenile Fiction | Lifestyles - City & Town Life
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2011046649
Age Level: 3-7
Grade Level: Preschool-2
Lexile Measure: 550 AD (Adult Directed Text)
Physical Information: 0.5" H x 9.9" W x 11.9" (1.35 lbs) 32 pages
- Locality - New York, N.Y.
- Geographic Orientation - New York
- Ethnic Orientation - African American
- Topical - Family
Features: Dust Cover, Ikids, Illustrated, Price on Product, Price on Product - Canadian
Awards: Keystone to Reading Book Award, Nominee, Primary, 2014
Golden Kite, Winner, Picture Book Text, 2013
Charlotte Zolotow Award, Honor Book, Picture Book Text, 2013
Review Citations: Publishers Weekly 06/18/2012 pg. 59
Kirkus Reviews 07/15/2012
School Library Journal 09/01/2012 pg. 122
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 10/01/2012
Booklist 11/15/2012 pg. 49
Hornbook Guide to Children 01/01/2013 pg. 41 - Recommended, Satisfactory
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 152753
Reading Level: 3.8   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
Momma is a stonecutter at the cathedral called Big John -- and little John and his sisters can't wait to see her special stone -- in this luminous true-life story.

"Building a cathedral isn't a job, it's an art."
Momma comes home from work, tired and sore from a long day at her job. She used to work on the factory line, but now an early bus takes her across the bridge into New York City. Momma is a stonecutter now, helping to build the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine. She works all day on just one stone, and little John and his two sisters wonder how she does it. Finally, Momma's stone is finished, and little John can't wait to see it. But when he arrives at the cathedral, he's confused. Where is Momma's name? How will all the people know this is Momma's art? This touching story from a child's perspective, based on real events, lovingly shows the grace and dignity of having pride in one's work -- and in one's Momma. Gorgeously illustrated with the illuminated artwork of William Low, the transcendent beauty of Saint John's Cathedral radiates with warmth and light.

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