written by Joyce Carol Thomas, illustrated by Floyd Cooper

HarperCollins, 1995
ISBN 0-0602-6173-0

HarperTrophy, 1992
ISBN 0-0644-7082-2

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Thank you, God, for blessing me

In this companion volume to Brown Honey in Broomwheat Tea, winner of the Coretta Scott King Author and Illustrator Honor, Joyce Carol Thomas and Floyd Cooper once again create a collection of poems and pictures to warm our hearts. From a January day filled with snow and fresh-baked gingerbread to a December filled with all the joys that the holidays bring, this is a month-by-month celebration of family, love, and the beauty of the world around us.

illustration ©
Floyd Cooper

April Medicine

My mother's touch, so tender, so certain
Steadies me with healing hands
Hands that cool my brow when I perspire
And warm me when I shiver

My mother's hands already know
The temperature of my head
The weather of my heart
How do they know to be cool when I'm hot
And warm when I'm not?

Kirkus Reviews:

Full of feeling.

The Horn Book:

[A] worthy companion to Brown Honey in Broomwheat Tea.


Glows with light and warmth, conveying a strong sense of joy in living.

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