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The Jones Family Express - Javaka Steptoe

The Jones Family Express

Paperback Published: 1st May 2002
ISBN: 9781584302629
Number Of Pages: 40
For Ages: 7 - 8 years old

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This is a delightful celebration of strong family ties and one boy's ingenuity. The first book, written by award-winning illustrator Javaka Steptoe, is stunningly illustrated with his unique mixed media collage illustrations. Steven can't wait for his favourite aunt, Carolyn, to return from her latest trip. A world traveller, Carolyn sends Steven postcards from exotic places. Now it is time for the neighbourhood block party, and the whole family, including Carolyn, is meeting at Grandma's house, where Steven lives. Steven wants to give Carolyn a special present. He finds just the right thing at his Uncle Charles' house, a battered toy train that he transforms with photographs and paint into a glorious homage to the Jones family. In meandering, colloquial prose, Steptoe tells a warm story about a realistic family that bickers and loves even as it is selfish and generous. The thickly layered paper collages show brightly coloured family scenes against muted backgrounds of overlapping postcards. The collage of personalities in "The Jones Family Express" celebrates extended family and community in a fresh, authentic way.

ISBN: 9781584302629
ISBN-10: 1584302623
Audience: Children
For Ages: 7 - 8 years old
For Grades: 2 - 3
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 40
Published: 1st May 2002
Publisher: Lee & Low Books Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 27.9 x 22.8  x 0.64
Weight (kg): 0.18