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Jake & Honeybunch Go to Heaven

3.58  ·  Rating Details ·  19 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
The exuberance of a man and his mule newly arrived in heaven causes so much furor that God gives them one last chance before He throws them out.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published June 1st 1982 by Farrar Straus & Giroux
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Ms. Kelly
Feb 11, 2015 Ms. Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author "drew freely" from black folklore for this story, but I also got a strong feeling of a traditional american folklore, as well. I could easily see the characters replaced with a standard "country hick" character without any change in tone.

With that in mind, the fact that the author still chose to use black people as the population of this town and of heaven and as God, made for a very nice read. It seemed like a purposeful *in*clusion, yet not at all an *ex*clusion of anyone else. It a
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Heather Willoughby
The book starts out morbid. There are dark illustrations, a mean mule, and Jake even get kicked out of Heaven. I don't like the illustrations. The people are realistic while the surroundings are not. The story does get better when Jake and Honeybunch are given a second chance, but the story did not seem like a happy one. With all the reference to Heaven and God I don't know if it would be allowed to be read in school.
Katie
Apr 24, 2016 Katie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Read this after it was mentioned in a Horn Book article addressing the controversy surrounding A Fine Dessert and A Birthday Cake for George Washington. I thought the illustrations were lovely. Not sure how I'd feel about it if I felt like my culture was stereotyped at every turn, but my guess is that I wouldn't be thrilled.
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