New Book Celebrates African-American Family Life

Didn't We Have Fun!

Crickhollow Books • July 2011
Trade Hardcover (laminated cover) • 48 pages • 28 illus. • 10” x 10”
Picture Book / African-American Life & Culture / Ages 5 and up
$19.95 • ISBN 978-1-933987-17-0

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Didn’t We Have Fun! is a colorful and positive look at African-American family life and culture, seen through the eyes of a celebrated artist.

Hilda Robinson, artist and grandmother, shares the joys of growing up in a closely-knit African-American family and neighborhood in Philadelphia.

The 28 vibrant paintings (oil pastels) show a range of playground games, home life, neighborhood activities, school and church scenes, and more. These are delightful images that show Hilda’s deep love of her childhood days and the place she grew up.

It’s a great book for school, public, and church libraries.

Hilda Robinson was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She studied at Temple University and the University of California at Berkeley, earning her Master of Arts degree when she was fifty years old. Her work is featured each year in the Art of Living Black, an annual exhibition at the Richmond Art Center in California, and in many private and corporate collections. She lives in Oakland, California.

Jeff Kunkel wrote the text based on interviews with Hilda. A United Methodist minister, he is an accomplished artist and author of a number of books for adults and young readers. He also lives in Oakland.

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