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By Floyd Cooper

Published by Capstone Young Readers

ISBN 978-1-62370-170-3 (hardcover)

ISBN 978-1-4795-5819-3 (library binding)

36 pages

Age level: 8 years old and up


In a very nicely illustrated book, we learn how young Mazie realizes that freedom is something to celebrate – especially after having been told ‘no’ so many times.


In the first pages of the book, we meet Mazie as she whines about how she can’t to what she wants all the time.  Her father explains that many years ago, freedom wasn’t something that was very common among those who came before her.


He tells the story of Mazie’s great-great-great-grandfather’s experience as a slave in the 1800s, many years ago.  That experience came to an end with the announcement of the end of the war that ended slavery.  The day of that announcement has come to be known as Juneteenth.


The detailed illustrations are effective.  Many faces are seen that reveal a range of emotions.


The text covers modern-day Mazie, then jumps back to her forefathers of 150 years ago, bringing the reader back to the present as each page passes.   Only one page of the book deals with the days of slavery – the horrid conditions of that life are missing from the page, so the reader won’t necessarily understand the importance of the end of slavery at the announcement of the end of the war.  It would have benefitted the reader to include some of that here – perhaps employing less pages about the celebration of Juneteenth itself and including a page or two more about those conditions.


There are several pages that cover the rise out of slavery – and here we certainly see the outcome of the end of slavery and how that result is so very worth celebrating.   The announcement itself of the end of the war is not very clear in the book itself, so I would like to make a suggestion:  read the last page of the book first.  It is here that the origin of JUNETEENTH is explained.  Reading it first will bring better understanding as the story unfolds in the book itself.



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Mission: Despite census data that shows 37% of the US population consists of people of color, only 10% of children’s books published have diversity content. Using the Multicultural Children’s Book Day, Mia and Valarie are on a mission to change all of that. Their mission is to not only raise awareness for the kid’s books that celebrate diversity, but to get more of these types of books into classrooms and libraries. Another goal of this exciting event is create a compilation of books and favorite reads that will provide not only a new reading list for the winter, but also a way to expose brilliant books to families, teachers, and libraries.


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