The Sunday Outing
published in 1994


Appropriate age:
Older Kid (age 8-11)
Reading level:
Grade 2
Genre: Fiction
Cultures: African American, Americas
Subjects: Family, Trains, Friendship, School


Ernestine, the young heroine of Back Home, and her great-aunt Odessa often ride the trolley to the railroad station to watch the trains from North Carolina come in. When Ernestine finally travels on a train to the place of her birth, everyone in her family sacrifices something to make her trip possible. Gloria Jean and Jerry Pinkney together depict family warmth as bright as sunshine. Full color.