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Home Base by Nikki Tate
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Mar 24, 2020 | ISBN 9780823436637

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★ “A fair-skinned, freckle-spattered mom and her brown-skinned, dark-haired daughter each feel the nervousness that comes with approaching a new experience. In a remarkably sparse text—sentences are often single words and only twice more than three words in length—the pair’s story unfolds side by side. . . . Between pages of work, softly textured cartoons show mom and daughter taking respite at home, where it is just the two of them and their cat. While there is much to be done and each is tired at the end of the long days, there is no sense of struggle implied; empowerment abounds. The graphic-novel illustration style, in which windows of alternating action move the storyline forward, adds to the feeling that this duo of everyday heroines is unstoppable. A celebration of female perseverance and success: brava!”—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

“The spare narration perfectly complements Kath’s rhythmic watercolor panels, and the independence and mutual support between tattooed mom with her shaved and curly blond hair, and bronze-skinned, long-haired daughter shines through every scene. Kids who gravitate toward Bob Graham’s picture books, with their tight-knit, gently norm-tweaking families, will feel right at home.”The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“This family is real. Red-haired, freckled mom has tattoos and is worrying over meals and bills, but she also is a successful businessperson and skilled tradeswoman. The daughter, of light-brown skin and hair, does her chores and her homework and then is ready to step up to the mound and pitch at Saturday’s game. The watercolor-and pastel illustrations depict the concurrent story lines through panels, contrasting the two characters in a humorous and effective way.”Booklist

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