DIDN’T WE HAVE FUN!
by Hilda Robinson & Jeff Kunkel
Crickhollow Books • July 2012
Trade Hardcover (laminated cover) • 48 pages • 28 illus. • 10” x 10”
Picture Book / African-American Life & Culture / Ages 5 and up
$19.95 • ISBN 978-1-933987-17-0
“. . . a beautiful book portraying impressionistic paintings of Hilda’s childhood memories. The pictures are stunning and reminded me so much of my own childhood. The best part was telling the story to my son and watching his wonderful awe-filled reaction. I absolutely love and highly recommend this lovely book.” – Brenda Bowen
“Anyone from any background will be able to relate to the celebration of childhood, family nurturing, faith, love and community expressed in this book. You will treasure it for a lifetime.” – Dr. Terri Renee Jett
Didn’t We Have Fun! is a vibrant, colorful look at African-American family life and culture, seen through the eyes of a celebrated artist. Hilda Robinson, artist and grandmother, shares the joys of growing up in a closely-knit African-American family and neighborhood, long before television was invented.
You’ll meet Hilda’s four sisters and one brother, her Mama and Daddy, her Philadelphia neighborhood of red-brick row houses.
Enjoy with her the games she played, the songs she sang, the chores she did, the prayers she prayed, and the abiding love of life that shines through these dynamic, delightful paintings of a girl and the place she grew up.
Hilda Robinson was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She studied at Temple University and the University of California at Berkeley, earning her Master of Arts degree when she was fifty years old. Her work is featured each year in the Art of Living Black, an annual exhibition at the Richmond Art Center in California, and in many private and corporate collections. She lives in Oakland, California.
Jeff Kunkel wrote the text based on interviews with Hilda. A United Methodist minister, he is an accomplished artist and author of a number of books for adults and young readers. He also lives in Oakland.