"Pop Pop and Me and a Recipe"
Authored by Irene Smalls
Illustrated by Cathy Ann Johnson
Grade Levels: PS-2
Some fabulous illustrations to enjoy
About the book
This book is sure to warm your heart. It is an intimate cooking party between a grandfather and his beloved grandson. Written in rhyme the words dance across the pages as the duo peel, beat, twisk, pound, scrape, bake and prepare the little guy's favourite Lemon Bar Cake.
Grandfather is patience personified. He smiles, hugs and encourages (even when spills occur) and bakes the special cake to perfection. The book is a celebration of quality time spent together resulting in the fruits of their labour... biting into that delightful yummy dainty. It boasts making a memory that will last forever in the little boy's mind and heart with his amazing Pop Pop.
Irene Smalls ' first children's book, Irene and the Big, Fine Nickel, was inspired by her fond memories of Harlem. Her second book, Jonathan and His Mommy, is a love song for her son. Louise's Gift tells the story of how an unappreciated gift changes a young girl's view of herself. Irene Jennie and the Christmas Masquerade: The Johnkankus is the tale of a slave girl's Christmas. Because You're Lucky, is a simple story of how families can change and grow in ways that they are lucky to discover.
Irene Smalls grew up in Harlem in the 1950s and graduated from Cornell University. She also has an M.B.A. from New York University. She has been a model, an actress, a radio reporter, and a small business owner, but her favorite job is being a children's author.
"As a former Miss Black New York State, Young Ambassador to Europe, and a student activist, I have had lots of jobs, ranging from a model, actress, and radio reporter to running my own business, establishing a networking group for business professionals, and working in government", says Irene Smalls. "But the job I really like is writing children's books. I write very simple stories about my children, my childhood. I grew up in Harlem in the 1950's. Back then, Harlem was a small, southern black community that just happened to be in the North. The dialect, the foods, the mores, and values were Southern. Harlem was a ghetto of softness and strength, a community of open doors and open hearts that loved its children.”
About the Illustrator
CATHY ANN JOHNSON was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. She credits her parents Clinton and Lucille Johnson with helping to shape her life. Her mother ran a daycare center in her home in an urban community. Many of the children brought to her home were abandoned or were unofficial foster children. Cathy has always had a passion to draw and a love for children's literature. As a child she would frequently sneak away to the neighborhood library to read as many children's books as she could.
Among the books she has illustrated are Robo's Favorite Places, written by Wade Hudson and published by Just Us Books; Glo Goes Shopping, written by Cheryl Willis Hudson, published by Just Us Books; My Nana and Me, written by Irene Smalls, Pop Pop and Me, written by Irene Smalls, and A Heart for Jesus, written by Juanita Bynum. She lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where she operates the graphic design studio, LUV-IT.
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