Freedom in Congo Square

Freedom in Congo Square

Book - 2016
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As slaves relentlessly toiled in an unjust system in 19th century Louisiana, they all counted down the days until Sunday, when at least for half a day they were briefly able to congregate in Congo Square in New Orleans. Here they were free to set up an open market, sing, dance, and play music. They were free to forget their cares, their struggles, and their oppression. This story chronicles slaves' duties each day, from chopping logs on Mondays to baking bread on Wednesdays to plucking hens on Saturday, and builds to the freedom of Sundays and the special experience of an afternoon spent in Congo Square.
Publisher: New York : Little Bee Books, 2016
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781499801033
Characteristics: 1 vol. : color ill. ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Christie, R. Gregory 1971-


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May 31, 2019

This is the first time I've introduced slavery and it's consequences to my daughter, who is almost 4. It's amazing, that with no historical background, no explanation besides reading the book and a word or two that she didn't understand, that she had the concept that slavery "is not right." She was sad, confused about why, and deliberate in her thoughts that slavery should not have happened. We didn't go any further than that, but this book, although heartbreaking, was an "easy" way to introduce slavery in a way that children can understand, and the illustrations are absolutely gorgeous. We looked through them several times and found something new with each turn of the page. I highly recommend this for parents that are looking for a resource to start the conversation about slavery and the consequences that are still alive today.

Dec 18, 2017

This is a really gorgeous book, and the story is both heart-breaking and inspiring. Recommended reading for children and grown-ups!

Oct 04, 2017

This is a great Caldecott winner for personalizing slavery at a level children can understand.

Mar 16, 2017

The vivid colors used in the illustrations and the rhyming text bring the slaves' lives - and Congo Square - to life. A forward and author's note both add historical context to the book.


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Mar 16, 2017

stepha89 thinks this title is suitable for 5 years and over


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