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Freedom Soup

By: Tami Charles

Illustrator: Jacqueline Alcantara

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.

Freedom Soup recipe. Author's note. Full-color illustrations were done in pencil, marker, and gouache and assembled digitally.

ISBN: 9780763689773

JLG Release: May 2020


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Haitians , Soups , Grandmothers and granddaughters , History of Haiti , Haitian Revolution (1791-1804) , Emigration and immigration , Caribbean and Latin America , Holidays and celebrations , Cooking , Cultural traditions

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Awards & Honors

Kirkus Best Books - 2019

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Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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It’s New Year’s Day, and Belle gets to help her grandmother, Ti Gran, make the Freedom Soup because the child “has a heart made for cooking.” As Ti Gran teaches Belle the recipe, she retells the history of the injustices of slavery in Haiti, how the people fought and died in the revolution so Haiti could be free, and how the soup that they It’s New Year’s Day, and Belle gets to help her grandmother, Ti Gran, make the Freedom Soup because the child “has a heart made for cooking.” As Ti Gran teaches Belle the recipe, she retells the history of the injustices of slavery in Haiti, how the people fought and died in the revolution so Haiti could be free, and how the soup that they are making is a celebration of that freedom. Ti Gran’s storytelling practically bursts with love and pride for the people who came before, and Belle (and readers) is swept up in her joy. The glorious, expressive illustrations will make everyone wish they had a Ti Gran in their lives as she and Belle exuberantly dance, snuggle, chop, and stir their way through the day. Belle says, “One by one, I slide the ingredients into the bubbling liquid. The pumpkiny-garlic smell swirls all around us.” The image of the bubbling pot with a golden steamy aroma weaves the past and the present together as Ti Gran recounts her tale. Finally, as family gathers to celebrate and remember, Belle feels proud of the soup she helped make and connected to her family’s past, present, and future. A recipe for Freedom Soup and an author’s note are included. 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.

Book Details

ISBN

9780763689773

First Release

May 2020

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

E

Trim Size

10 1/2" x 9"

Page Count

32

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Candlewick

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Haitians, Soups, Grandmothers and granddaughters, History of Haiti, Haitian Revolution (1791-1804), Emigration and immigration, Caribbean and Latin America, Holidays and celebrations, Cooking, Cultural traditions,

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