Drylongso (Hamilton book)

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First edition
AuthorVirginia Hamilton
IllustratorJerry Pinkney
CountryUnited States
GenreChildren's literature, picture book
Published1992 (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich)/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Media typePrint (hardback)

Drylongso is a 1992 children's book by Virginia Hamilton and illustrator Jerry Pinkney. It is about a farming family who is experiencing a drought and takes in a stranger.


School Library Journal, in a review of Drylongso, wrote "As in many of her other works of fiction, Hamilton combines myth and realism to create a poignant, powerful tale. .. Pinkney's illustrations are exquisite, expressive, and perfectly in tune with the tone and spirit of the text." and concluded "Despite the occasional seams, this is a fine book."[1] Booklist wrote "In an understated story of drought and hard times and longing for rain, a great writer and a great artist have pared down their rich, exuberant styles to something quieter but no less intense."[1] and Publishers Weekly called it a "thoroughly captivating story firmly rooted in the folktale tradition."[2]

Drylongso has also been reviewed by Kirkus Reviews,[3] The Horn Book Magazine,[4] and the Smithsonian.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Drylongso". Buffalo and Erie County Public Library. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
  2. ^ "Drylongso". Publishers Weekly. PWxyz LLC. September 28, 1991. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
  3. ^ "Drylongso". Kirkus Reviews. Kirkus Media LLC. October 1, 1992. Retrieved January 3, 2017. Told with elegant simplicity
  4. ^ N Barr (September 1992). "Drylongso". The Horn Book Magazine. Media Source. 68 (5): 582. Retrieved January 3, 2017.[dead link]
  5. ^ "Book Reviews: Drylongso". Smithsonian. Smithsonian Institution. 23 (8): 202. November 1992. Retrieved January 3, 2017.[dead link]