Didn't We Have Fun!

Didn’t We Have Fun!

Paintings by Hilda Robinson
Text by Hilda Robinson & Jeff Kunkel

Children’s Picture Book
Crickhollow Books, Milwaukee, WI  2012

Hilda Robinson, artist and grandmother, shares the joys of growing up in a closely-knit African-American family and neighborhood, long before television was invented.  Meet Hilda’s four sisters and one brother, her Mama and Daddy, her Philadelphia neighborhood of red-brick row houses… through these vibrant paintings and tales of a girl and the place she grew up.

Phil Martin, editor and author

When I was four, Mama said to me, “Hilda, you’re an artist.”  On my first day of kindergarten, she told my teacher, Mrs. Minkey, “Make sure you get my child an easel, paint, brushes, and paper.”  Mama also found me a drawing class at the Philadelphia Museum of Art…  When I was a grown up, I studied art at the University of Callifornia at Berkeley… Since then, my paintings have been displayed in art galleries, museums, offices, churches, and homes…. I’m a grandmother now, but I still have many happy memories of being a child, and I love to paint these memories so that I can share them with other people – like you.

         From the Introduction, Hilda Robinson