Join the celebration in the kitchen as a family makes their traditional New Year’s soup - and shares the story of how Haitian independence came to be
Product Code: 6967
ISBN: 9780763689773
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Published Date: 12/10/2019
Pages: 32
Availability:In stock
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Price: $16.99

The shake-shake of maracas vibrates down to my toes.
Ti Gran’s feet tap-tap to the rhythm.

Every year, Haitians all over the world ring in the new year by eating a special soup, a tradition dating back to the Haitian Revolution. This year, Ti Gran is teaching Belle how to make the soup - Freedom Soup - just like she was taught when she was a little girl. Together, they dance and clap as they prepare the holiday feast, and Ti Gran tells Belle about the history of the soup, the history of Belle’s family, and the history of Haiti, where Belle’s family is from.

In this celebration of cultural traditions passed from one generation to the next, Jacqueline Alcántara’s lush illustrations bring to life both Belle’s story and the story of the Haitian Revolution. Tami Charles’s lyrical text, as accessible as it is sensory, makes for a tale that readers will enjoy to the last drop.

Ages 5 - 9


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"A Haitian grandmother and granddaughter share a holiday, a family recipe, and a story of freedom…This tale features characters for whom cooking is an elaborate dance as well as family bonding, and the soup looks so tempting readers will swear they smell it. A stunning and necessary historical picture book." - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"From Ti Gran ceremoniously adorning Belle with a matching apron to the final view of city windows full of revelers, this book is a start-to-finish celebration of family, history, and culture. A delectable first purchase for libraries." - School Library Journal (starred review)

"The dynamically detailed mixed-media artwork swirls with motion, feeling, and references to Haitian culture, and Alcántara creates memorable characters in Ti Gran and Belle. Complete with a soup recipe and a personal note from Charles honoring her family and Haitian history, this vibrant title is bound to teach, empower, and rumble the bellies of its readers." - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Each and every page effortlessly flows into the next, emphasizing the strength of Belle’s ancestors and the poignancy of a beautiful, celebratory tradition created out of respect for those who fought for freedom. Alcántara does an equally wonderful job, imbuing her mixed-media artwork with lively movement and bold color while Belle and Ti Gran are busy in the kitchen and movingly juxtaposing those scenes with images of the Haitian revolution. This well-told story is a natural choice for multicultural holiday collections, as well as for sharing stories about heritage and tradition." - Booklist

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