• Down Home In Arkansas

Down Home In Arkansas: A Family Reunion Story

by Maria Hoskins

Illustrator: Wade Hampton

As winter turns to spring and spring to summer it brings with it the change in season and the family reunion tradition. Families all over the world come together for some as much as once a year to reunite, socialize, strengthen family ties and relationships, and learn about family history.

Such is the tradition with the writer’s family. Maria Hoskins recalls how fun, exciting, and entertaining her family is during the bi-annual family reunion holiday. Maria hopes each reader will enjoy her family reunion story and draw on the commonality readers will experience as they associate their family reunion with the writer’s family reunion story. Also included with the story are group activities and an ancestry resource guide for each reader to use at their next family reunion.


Down Home in Arkansas, A Family Reunion Story allows the reader a vehicle to drive the lanes of their historical landscape. The view includes historical context connecting the driver to times past while introducing current visions of the same lanes of history. It promotes fluidity of conversation between generations while exposing the connection between generations.Rhonda Stewart
Genealogy & Local History Specialist
Central Arkansas Library System
Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
January 11, 2016

“GRANDMA'S Thanksgiving Dinner & Christmas Night on the Farm are excellent bed time stories for the holiday season. Maria Hoskins has captured the essence of the importance of everlasting family traditions and will help create fond memories for all.”
Garbo Watson Hearne, Director Pyramid Art, Books & Custom Framing

"Love having you and your book in our writing our lives memoir writing workshop, Maria Hoskins!”
Janis F. Kearney, Author of Daisy: Between a Rock and a Hard Place

“Hoskins delivers another great family tradition in picture book form to follow up her Christmas Night on the Farm. In this story the family is gathering at Grandma’s farm for Thanksgiving. The table has been set with the good family china and silver, all in the proper places! Grandma has been cooking a feast to share with family and friends that are coming to celebrate the day. You can almost smell the roasting turkey and the baking pies as you turn the pages! Hoskins shares a slice of Thanksgiving traditions from her family in this picture book graced with lovely watercolor illustrations. Hoskins has included some questions at the end of the story so children can begin talking and writing about their own family Thanksgiving traditions. A fine story to share with your family!”
Amy Miller, MLS
Youth Collection Development Librarian
Central Arkansas Library System

Maria,Thank you so much for coming today. You are just fabulous, wonderful, awesome and just a beautiful person. We so enjoyed your visit and everyone has been talking about your book. Thank you so much!
Judy Rogers
Eagle Mountain Magnet Elementary School
Health & Medical Science
Library Media Specialist

Product Details

Age Range: 5 - 12 years
Grade Level: Kindergarten - 6
Publisher: C&V 4 Seasons Publishing Co. (February 19, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 098640361X
ISBN-13: 978-0986403613
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 11 inches
Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds

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