• Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 4
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

In this heartwarming sequel to the highly acclaimed Hope, Aunt Poogee and Hope return with their delightful, multiculutural family for a special dinner at Aunt Poogee’s farm. The whole family has come, and everyone has brought their specialty—from barbecued chicken to Hope’s surprise dessert that blends traditions from both sides of her family in a unique and delicious way! Includes recipes.

Format Your Price Add
Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 4
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Books ®
Language English
Publication Date 2001-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 2.5
BISACS JUV011010, JUV039030
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Lexile 600
Guided Reading Level N
ATOS Reading Level 2.9
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 46496
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Awards, Recipes, and Reviewed


  • American Bookseller Kids' Pick of the Lists, Winner, 2001
  • Parents' Choice Award, Winner, 2001
  • NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, Winner, 2001



“Children will feel the excitement from their first glance at the energetic jacket, which shows an African American family, all ages and hues, laughing and loving being together. Monk keeps the interest level high by ending the text on the introductory spreads with ellipses, an intriguing way to get kids to turn the page. Porter’s robust, bodly colored art is just right for a story so full of emotion and movement.”

Publishers Weekly

“. . .Porter’s softly focused, stylized paintings help convey the family’s energy and camaraderie.”
Publishers Weekly

Kirkus Reviews

“Monk’s silky narrative and Porter’s illustrations, with their light-filled quality of stained glass, create an atmosphere of appealing warmth and a glimpse into what family reunions ought to be like.”
Kirkus Reviews

Author: Isabell Monk

Illustrator: Janice Lee Porter

Janice Lee Porter was born and raised in Chicago. She has a BFA in painting from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from California State University, Chico. She is the illustrator of over two dozen children's books and is an art faculty member at Shasta College in Redding, California, where she teaches painting and drawing. She lives in Chico, California.