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Pitching in for Eubie by Jerdine Nolen
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Sep 07, 2011

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bookshelves: african-american-interest, picture-book
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Jerdine Nolen's Pitching in for Eubie captures the spirit of a close-knit family working together to make one family member's dream come true. Big sister Eubie is offered a four-year tuition scholarship to college (no doubt the dream of not just Eubie, and her immediate family, but generations), but must furnish a sum that seems impossible for room and board. Mama, Papa, Eubie, and big brother Jacob all pitch in by taking on extra paying work, in addition to what they already do. They work so hard they hardly ever eat together any more-- and they are the type of family who previously never had leftovers for Sunday dinner! Younger sister Lily, who tells the story, is full of creative ideas, but none of them work to earn money, and it takes some quick thinking for her to find the way she can contribute. E.B. White's watercolors bring us right into Lily's feelings of frustration, the love between these family members, and their farmhouse home.

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