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The Sunday Outing

The Sunday Outing is a 1994 children's picture book by Gloria Jean Pinkney and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney. It is a prequel to Back Home and is about a young girl, Ernestine, who makes sacrifices so she can afford a train trip.

The Sunday Outing
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First edition
AuthorGloria Jean Pinkney
IllustratorJerry Pinkney
CountryUnited States
GenreChildren's literature, picture book
Published1994 (Dial Press)
Media typePrint (hardback)


School Library Journal, in a review of The Sunday Outing, wrote "Gloria Jean Pinkney reaches back into her childhood to create another realistic and moving depiction of African-American life. .. The text reflects the true essence of African-American dialogue and meshes with Jerry Pinkney's illustrations"[1] and Booklist called it "upbeat".[1]

Publishers Weekly wrote "Gloria Pinkney skillfully captures the fidgety impatience of childhood. .. Jerry Pinkney's pale watercolors include several tender, warmly lit portraits. The yellowish-brown backgrounds, unfortunately, add an almost dulling sameness to many scenes."[2]

The Sunday Outing has also been reviewed by Kirkus Reviews,[3] The Horn Book Magazine,[4] and Library Talk,[5] The Washington Post,[6] and The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books.[7]


  1. ^ a b "The Sunday outing". Buffalo and Erie County Public Library. Retrieved January 6, 2017.
  2. ^ "The Sunday Outing". Publishers Weekly. PWxyz LLC. May 30, 1994. Retrieved January 6, 2017.
  3. ^ "The Sunday Outing". Kirkus Reviews. Kirkus Media LLC. June 15, 1994. Retrieved January 6, 2017. A welcome companion to Back Home.
  4. ^ "The Sunday Outing: Reviews". Retrieved January 6, 2017. Gloria Jean Pinkney's quiet story and Jerry Pinkney's illustrations provide a loving portrait of an African-American family working to make a dream come true.
  5. ^ "African American". Library Talk. Linworth. 7 (5): 23. November 1994. Retrieved January 6, 2017.
  6. ^ Hearn, Michael Patrick (July 3, 1994). "A Banner For The Proud". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 6, 2017. It is certainly one of the loveliest picture books for the dog days.
  7. ^ "New Books For Children and Young People Pinkney, Gloria Jean The Sunday Outing". Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books. The Johns Hopkins University Press. 47 (11): 168, 169. July 1994. Gloria Pinkney knows how to play out a scenario, and Jerry Pinkney's art is as lyrically decorative in an urban setting as it was in the rural outdoors.