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Me and Momma and Big John

By Mara Rockliff
Illustrated by William Low

Momma is a stonecutter at the cathedral called Big John — and little John and his sisters can't wait to see her special stone — in this luminous true-life story.

"Building a cathedral isn’t a job, it’s an art." Momma comes home from work, tired and sore from a long day at her job. She used to work on the factory line, but now an early bus takes her across the bridge into New York City. Momma is a stonecutter now, helping to build the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine. She works all day on just one stone, and little John and his two sisters wonder how she does it. Finally, Momma’s stone is finished, and little John can’t wait to see it. But when he arrives at the cathedral, he’s confused. Where is Momma’s name? How will all the people know this is Momma’s art? This touching story from a child’s perspective, based on real events, lovingly shows the grace and dignity of having pride in one’s work — and in one’s Momma. Gorgeously illustrated with the illuminated artwork of William Low, the transcendent beauty of Saint John’s Cathedral radiates with warmth and light.

  • Fascinating story based on true events of recession-era 1970s New York City, when a program was created to train people in economically depressed areas of the city in the art of stone cutting in order to create jobs and complete the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine.
  • Perfect for children interested in building, architecture, and art.
  • A great historical perspective on an iconic NYC building, featuring the light-filled and warm illustrations of William Low, author and illustrator of Penn Station and China Town.

About the author

Mara Rockliff is the author of many books for children, including The Busiest Street in Town. She lives in Virginia.

About the illustrator

William Low is a much-lauded illustrator, author, and painter who has received numerous awards. His books include Chinatown and Old Penn Station. He lives in New York City.

ISBN: 9780763643591
Imprint: Candlewick
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: September 1, 2012
Dimensions: 248 x 300mm, 32pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $29.99
New Zealand RRP: $32.99
Stock Level: Out Of Stock

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