Our Gracie Aunt
by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrations by Jon J Muth
Hyperion Books, 2002
Again, Jacqueline Woodson tells a heart-wrenching, yet heart-warming story, this one of children who have parents unable to care for them. Told with love and dignity, children not familiar with this lifestyle can get a glimpse into what it’s like for abandoned children. For children who have been abandoned, it reminds them they are not alone.
Two children refuse to open the door for Ms. Roy, ’cause their mama told them not to open the door to strangers, even though they had not seen their mama for several days. After returning several times, Ms. Roy seemed to know things about them, and they were hungry. They hoped foster care had toys when they let Ms. Roy in. The children were taken to their aunt Gracie’s house and they learned to love the safe, comfortable, dependable house. After several weeks they visited their mama, but she wasn’t able to take them home. They decided they liked aunt Gracie’s house better. Someday their mama could take them, but not now. They returned to Aunt Gracie and gave her a long, deep hug.
Illustrations by Jon J Muth bring visual richness and highlight the children’s plight and emotions in warm, comforting tones.