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.
JLG Release: May 2020
Awards & Honors
Kirkus Best Books - 2019
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
School Library Journal*, Publishers Weekly*, Booklist, Kirkus Reviews*
School Library Journal
10 1/2" x 9"
Scholastic Reading CountsN/A
Potentially Sensitive Areas
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,