Academic journal article Language Arts

Justin and the Best Biscuits in the World

Academic journal article Language Arts

Justin and the Best Biscuits in the World

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Justin and the Best Biscuits in the World Written by Mildred Pitts Walter Illustrated by Catherine Stock Amistad, 1986, 122 pp. ISBN 978-0- 6880- 6645- 1

1987 Coretta Scott King Author Award

Ten-year- old Justin lives with his mother and two sisters, Evelyn and Hadiya. His father died four years earlier in an automobile accident, and Justin found being the only male in a household of nagging females to be challenging. While their mother works, Evelyn is in charge of the house and Justin dislikes this! Evelyn criticizes him about everything, especially for not being able to clean his room, wash dishes, or even cook an egg. According to Justin, this is "women's work" and he hates it. When he tries to do these tasks, Evelyn always complains, but no one shows him how. Justin is frustrated: all he wants to do is play his favorite game, one-on- one basketball with his friend Anthony. When his mother announces that Grandpa Ward, his favorite person, is coming to his house for a visit, Justin is happy.

Taking orders from his mother to clean his room before Grandpa comes, Justin feels embarrassed when Grandpa arrives and his room is in disarray. …

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