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My great-aunt Arizona / by Gloria Houston ; illustrated by Susan Condie Lamb.

By: Houston, Gloria.
Contributor(s): Lamb, Susan Condie [ill.] | HarperCollins (Firm) [pbl].
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York, NY : HarperCollins Publishers, c1992Edition: 1st ed.Description: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 24 x 27 cm.ISBN: 0060226064; 9780060226060; 0060226072 (lib. bdg.); 9780060226077 (lib. bdg.); 0064433749; 9780064433747.Subject(s): Hughes, Arizona Houston, 1876-1969 -- Juvenile literature | Teachers -- Juvenile literature | Teacher-student relationships -- Juvenile literature | Rural schools -- Juvenile literature | Girls -- Juvenile literature | Intellect -- Juvenile literature | Ambition -- Juvenile literature | Compassion -- Juvenile literature | Determination (Personality trait) -- Juvenile literature | Benevolence -- Juvenile literature | Devotion -- Juvenile literature | Dreams -- Juvenile literature | Books -- Juvenile literature | Reading -- Juvenile literature | Schools -- Juvenile literature | Clothing and dress -- Juvenile literature | Teachers -- Appalachian Region -- Biography -- Juvenile literatureDDC classification: 371.1/0092 | B Summary: An Appalachian girl, Arizona Houston Hughes, grows up to become a teacher who influences generations of schoolchildren.
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An Appalachian girl, Arizona Houston Hughes, grows up to become a teacher who influences generations of schoolchildren.

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Gr 1-3-- Arizona, a child of the Blue Ridge, is named by her older brother, a cavalryman out West. As she grows up, she longs to visit the faraway places she learns about, but life doesn't offer her those opportunities. Her mother dies and she takes on family responsibilities. Still she becomes a teacher in spite of the obstacles in her path. For 57 years, she teaches generation after generation of students in her one-room schoolhouse, describing for them the wonders of the larger world that she herself has never seen and inspiring in them the satisfaction of learning. Even after her death she still walks with those whose lives she has touched. The text is superimposed over Lamb's full-page paintings. The pictures reflect an idyllic world of light-filled joy and simplicity. Roads, fences, and houses all fit into the landscape of woods and hills as though placed there by nature rather than by human hands. Arizona ages from a baby to a woman in her 90s gracefully and unaffectedly, keeping her high-button shoes and her aprons. The continuity of her life seems to flow from Lamb's brushes, filled with light and color, and her connection to the future is beautifully expressed in the painting of the road curving out of sight into the misty forest. Thanks to Houston and Lamb, readers can still enjoy Arizona's optimism and determination. --Ruth Semrau, Lovejoy School, Allen, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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