Going Down Home with Daddy
Going Down Home with Daddy

Going Down Home with Daddy

Written by Kelly Starling Lyons & illustrated by Daniel Minter
4 - 8
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Apr 1, 2019
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“On reunion morning, we rise before the sun. Daddy hums as he packs our car with suitcases and a cooler full of snacks. He says there’s nothing like going down home.” Down home is Granny’s house. Down home is where Lil’ Alan and his parents and sister will join great-grandparents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Down home is where Lil’ Alan will hear stories of the ancestors and visit the land that has meant so much to all of them. And down home is where all of the children will find their special way to pay tribute to family history. All the kids have to decide on what tribute to share, but what will Lil’ Alan do? In this rich and moving celebration of history, culture, and ritual, Kelly Starling Lyons’ eloquent text explores the power of family traditions. Stunning illustrations by Coretta Scott King Honor-winner Daniel Minter reveal the motion and connections in a large, multigenerational family.

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familyculturefamily historyfamily lifemultigenerationalboys and menfamily reunions



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  • Lil Alan shares pieces of his family heritage for the celebration. Do you know where your ancestors came from? What does being part of your family mean to you?
  • Lil Alan and his sister have a blast playing with cousins at grandma's house. What do you enjoy doing most with your extended family?


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Book Details

Publication Date
April 1, 2019
Peachtree Publishing Company
Illustration Details
The illustrations were rendered in TK.
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Reading Age
4 - 8 years
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