By Mary Harris Russell
Special to Tribune Newspapers
4:56 PM EDT, September 14, 2012
'Me and Momma and Big John'
By Mara Rockliff, illustrated by William Low
Candlewick, $16.99, ages 5-8
Many children need to stretch to appreciate creations by many hands. One little boy in New York City knows that his momma is an apprentice in a stonemason program organized by the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, nicknamed "Big John." Momma loves her job, but how "can Momma stand to work so long and hard on just one stone?" Momma takes her children to see Big John, full of sound and light — glowingly realized in William Low's illustrations — and to meet her co-workers, to see all that comes "together in Big John. Not for an art to look at. For an art to be."
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