Going Down Home With Daddy
"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." Children settle into the backseat, leaving the city behind for a special anniversary celebration. Once they reach the wood-frame house open arms enfold as family continues to trickle in throughout the day.
Spirited cousins sprint to visit farm animals, while the grown-ups catch up over the past year. Soon talk turns to what everyone has planned to give or perform at the upcoming celebration. Alan, on the other hand, continues to worry, knowing he has nothing to offer.
Later, hands join over a homemade southern meal, as thanks is given for the bounty and blessings that abound. Interwoven through lavish illustrations are celebrations of music and dreams, stories of breaking free from the chains of slave ancestors, fighting through Jim Crow and continually striving to create a safe and welcoming space for future generations.
Everything about this book feels like home, regardless of your skin color. The universal feelings of worry, love, and strength resonate with each intricate illustrations. Indeed this powerful book conveys how connection to our roots and others makes up the whole human experience.
Going Down Home With Daddy by Kelly Starling Lyons and illustrated by @d1minter. Published by @peachtreepublishing.