Summertime fun in the country – Ages 4-8



Welcome to Cottondale where fun adventures and family love await. There is the house to check out and the farm to explore during the hot endless wonderful days of summer. Down on Bigmama’s farm everything is just the same–and just as it should be.

Donald Crews, the Caldecott Honor artist and award-winning creator of Freight TrainTruck, and many other classic picture books for young children, writes of his own childhood experiences visiting his grandparents in Florida. Share this book at home or in the classroom. Everyone will enjoy the memories of a perfect day in the country, exploring and playing, and the connections among family members across generations.

Four children travel with their mother, and when the train arrives in Cottondale, Florida, the summer at Bigmama’s house begins! Donald Crews brilliantly evokes the sights, sounds, and emotions of a memorable childhood experience.

Beautifully and richly illustrated, this is a wonderful choice for family reading and classroom sharing. A very special book by a superb artist and storyteller.–The Horn Book

A fun read-aloud, it also helps children ages 3 to 6 learn about how to share details of place in storytelling. Celebrate the bonds of family over generations with Donald Crews’s evocative picture books Bigmama’s and its companion, Shortcut.

Also available in hardcover.

Full color

40 pages

Ages 4-8





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