Up home / Shauntay Grant ; artwork by Susan Tooke.

Celebrating the magic of growing up, and the power of remembering our roots, joyful words and vibrant illustrations are brought out with happy memories that sparkle in this journey through Shauntay Grant's childhood visits to North Preston, Nova Scotia.

Main Author: Grant, Shauntay.
Published: Halifax, N.S. : Nimbus Publishing, c2008.
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This touching poem from spoken-word artist and poet Shauntay Grant offers a child's perspective on growing up in a tight-knit community. Short staccato lines, musicality and the use of real spoken language, and breathtaking illustrations using real models from the community combine in a sensory experience that is sure to wow readers of all ages. Grant's memories of growing up reflect a magical place where landscape, food, history and, most of all, people come together in a community filled with love and beauty. A powerful story with positive images of an important black community.

Shauntay Grantis a writer, journalist and spoken-word performer with roots in Preston, Nova Scotia. She is musical director of the Nova Scotia Mass Choir and the host of CBC Radio-Two's "All the Best."

Susan Tookeis an award-winning artist whose work has been exhibited across North America. She has illustrated numerous books for children. Susan is from New Jersey but now lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.