Children’s Book Review: Going Down Home With Daddy

Multiculturalism Rocks! Children’s Book Review: Going Down Home With Daddy
Book Title: Going Down Home with Daddy
Author: Kelly Starling Lyons
Illustrator: Daniel Minter
Publisher: Peachtree Publishing
Age Range: 4 to 8 years

As summer approaches, so does a yearly tradition practiced by many families:
The Family Reunion. It’s a commemoration that brings generations together to
celebrate the roots of the Family Tree, to acknowledge generations and ancestors
past, and to pay tribute to the history of the important moments that keeps the
family united.
 
This is the powerful message Lyons and Minter capture in their new book, Going
Down Home with Daddy.
It’s reunion morning, and Lil Alan and Sis sleepily climb into the car as their daddy 
packs up to go down home. But Lil Alan’s excitement fades as he realizes he
still doesn’t have something to share at the anniversary celebration.
As everyone gathers together, Lil Alan is reminded of all the things that symbolize 
his family history: the land they own that stretches so far you can’t see its end, the
cotton grown on it that Granny used to make quilts to keep her children warm,
the pecan trees Pa planted that the grandkids now climb.
As the anniversary celebration nears, Lil Alan starts to panic. But when Daddy tells 
him to “think with his heart,” he learns that the simple act of remembering can be
the best family tribute of all.
When I first saw the cover of this book, I was awestruck; and that feeling didn’t stop 
once I began turning the pages. Minter’s use of rich, warm colors and dazzling
prints – which are the perfect stylings for Lyon’s sublime storytelling – pull you into
the story like a warm embrace. Going Down Home with Daddy is a wonderful
homage to family and tradition.
Learn More:
Kelly Sterling Lyons
Daniel Minter
Peachtree Publishing

Where to Buy:
Indiebound.org
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Children’s Book Review: Pilar’s Worries

Multiculturalism Rocks! Children’s Book Review: Pilar’s Worries
Book Title: Pilar’s Worries
Author: Victoria M. Sanchez
Illustrator: Jess Golden
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Co.
Age Range: 4 to 8 years

Pilar worries about everything. Whether it’s being called on in class or messing up in PE,
just about anything can cause her to panic. Especially the thought of having to
perform in front of people.
Luckily, she has the help of her friend Sebastian who reminds her to “breathe.”  
The one thing that eases all her worries is ballet class. The warmth of the barre and her 
toes pressing down on the studio floor can make all her troubles melt away.  But when
Pilar realizes that auditions for her favorite ballet are happening the next day, she has to
decide if she’s going to let her worries keep her from doing the thing she loves the most,
dancing.
This is a wonderfully gentle and inspiring book for anxious children and their parents 
looking for ways to talk about and to cope with anxiety. Sanchez’s Author’s Note shares
her personal journey with her daughter, whom Pilar is based on. She also provides
helpful resources for more information on the subject.

Learn More:
Victoria M. Sanchez
Jess Golden
Albert Whitman & Co.

Where to Buy:
Indiebound.org
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