When Ada Ruth’s mom goes to Chicago for work, she and her grandma lead a quiet life, always remembering Mama is coming on home soon. In her quiet prose, Jacqueline Woodson shows the beauty of family: love and responsibility that compels one member to leave and others to wait at home. Illustrations by E.B. Lewis capture the emotion.
This is a beautiful picture book with a historical setting. In the 1940s, women in America went off to work on the railroads while the men were at war. (Historically women worked on railroads during World War I as well, but this book is about the second World War.)