Is it Friday already? The days seem to fly by! The good thing is that it’s time for a Perfect Picture Book review and craft activity. Susanna Hill’s blog is the place to go to find a whole bunch of other Perfect Picture Book Friday entries.
Today’s Perfect Picture Book is a perfect book to read as we celebrate Martin Luther King Day on January 19th.
All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom
Written by Angela Johnson
Illustrated by E.B. Lewis
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (2014)
Themes: First day of freedom, slavery, family togetherness
“A June morning breeze off the port blew the smell of honeysuckle past the fields, across the yard, and into our room to wake us. And nobody knew as we ate a little, talked a little, and headed to the fields as the sun was rising, that soon it would be all different.”
“Through the eyes of one little girl, All Different Now tells the story of the first Juneteenth, the day freedom finally came to the last of the slaves in the South. Since then, the observance of June 19 as African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond.”
Why I like this book:
- Lyrical language engages the reader and listener from the very first word
- Illustrations are filled with emotion and light
- You feel you are right there with the slaves, in their cottages and in the fields
- Author and illustrator notes and a timeline and glossary give important background information
How a parent can use this book:
- This is a perfect picture book to help give young kids a small window into the life of a slave at that important moment in history
- Launching pad to talk about what being free really means – take note of the last illustration where the entire family is packed up to leave – freedom doesn’t mean you can do anything you want – it means making decisions about your future
MAKE A JUNETEENTH FLAG
You will need: Red, blue and white construction paper (the white can be a piece of copy paper), scissors, and paste.
- Fold red paper in half and cut on fold.
- Paste it on the bottom half of the blue paper.
- Cut out a star and a thin zig-zaggy larger star-like shape.
- Paste in place.
There are fabulous lessons plans and activities on various internet sites:
Martin Luther King was all about freedom and equality. On Monday, January 19, we celebrate Martin Luther King Day. Here are some resources:
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