Gr. 1-3. A bit of a dreamer, Kenya is not the best listener in class. When asked to bring in "the word that names your favorite kind of pet," she brings her tarantula to school and causes a sensation. Rather than the name of her favorite food, she brings a carton of ice cream, which melts messily. Then the class moves from naming words to describing words. Kenya observes and discusses the qualities of foods, jazz, and colors before deciding on her favorite describing word, black, which contains all the colors of the rainbow. Beyond its obvious links to elementary-school skills and black pride, this book offers a nicely paced story of a girl who makes mistakes along the way, but applies herself and does well in the end. From the multiracial classroom to the African American home and community, the colorful paintings convincingly depict Kenya's school classroom as well as the supportive people who help her succeed. -Carolyn Phelan
Linda gives an overview of the book:
Linda Trice is the author of KENYA'S WORD, a picture book published by Charlesbridge. She writes ficiton and nonfiction for adults and children. She is a member of The Author's Guild, African American Children's Book Authors and Illustrators, SCBWI, Pen Women and was a...