Ransome recommends Back Home, written by Gloria Jean Pinkney and illustrated by Jerry Pinkey. “I chose Back Home because I was raised in the south and have fond memories of spending summer vacation with visiting cousins. Being an illustrator I am also, of course, drawn to Jerry Pinkney’s beautiful illustrations that capture all of those wonderful memories.”
Back Home (Dial Books for Young Readers, 1992) is recommended for ages 3-8.
Be sure to check out Ransome’s books: My Name Is Truth: The Life of Sojourner Truth, written by Ann Turner (Harper, 2015); and Grandaddy’s Turn, written by Michael S. Bandy and Eric Stien (Candlewick Press, 2015).
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