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Format: Paperback Number of Pages: 216 Vendor: Xulon Press Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 8.05 X 5.14 X 0.57 (inches) ISBN: 1604775432 ISBN-13: 9781604775433 Availability: Usually ships in 24-48 hours.
Possum Got Big Ears is a collection of short stories about a little African-American girl growing up during the 1950s and 60s in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is the story about a time when children were seen not heard; when children said yes maam, and no maam to all adults; when rebellion and disrespect were not tolerated. It is about a time when little children sat at special tables for dinner, away from the adults; and obedience and respect were demanded and received. Possum refers to a game played by the adults in my family who were determined to keep children innocent, out of their business, and away from their secrets. In order to do this, they spelled their conversations, letter by letter, a non-stop string of words strung together into a conversation. It infuriated me, because I didnt know how to spell. However, I would learn. It was my incentive to learn to spell, and learn I did, in spite of their efforts. Possum is about the good, the bad, the ugly, the funny and my quest to grow up. This is the story of a little girls tears, anger, repentance and victory. Agnes Cross-White lives in Florida and is the publisher of The Charlottesville Tribune in Charlottesville, Virginia. Ms. White grew up in Philadelphia in the 1950s and 1960s and spent her earliest years with her grandmother, Agnes Gilbert Daniels who she credits with having been the most important person in her life. Possum Got Big Ears is a collection of short stories about her family and their interaction over the first twelve years of her life. Each story details experiences and their effect on her development into a woman. This is Ms. Whites second book, having published Charlottesville, the African-American Communityin 1998.