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Ellen's Broom

By Kelly Starling Lyons

A young girl learns a new meaning for freedom during the time of Reconstruction

Ellen always knew the broom resting above the hearth was special. Before it was legal for her mother and father to officially be married, the broom was what made them a family anyway. But now all former slaves who had already been married in their hearts could register as lawful husband and wife.

When Ellen and her family make the long trip to the courthouse dressed in their best, she brings the broom her parents had jumped so many years before. Even though freedom has come, Ellen knows the old traditions are important too. After Mama and Papa's names are recorded in the register, Ellen nearly bursts with pride as her parents jump the broom once again.

Ellen is a wonderfully endearing character whose love for her family is brought to life in Daniel Minter's rich and eye-catching block print illustrations.

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ISBN

0399250034


Format: Book
Author: Lyons, Kelly Starling
Summary: Cherishing the special broom resting above her hearth for its representation of the slave heritage that once forbade legal marriages, Ellen prepares for her parents' triumphant registry at a Reconstruction-era courthouse as lawful husband and wife and proudly carries the broom so that they can repeat a cultural wedding tradition.
Title: Ellen's broom / Kelly Starling Lyons ; illustrated by Daniel Minter.
Publisher Date: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2012.
Subject: African Americans -- Juvenile fiction African Americans -- Social life and customs -- Juvenile fiction. Weddings -- Juvenile fiction. Reconstruction -- Juvenile fiction. United States -- History -- 1865-1898 -- Juvenile fiction.
Isbn: 0399250034 9780399250033
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 12
System Items Total: 14
Call Number: P Lyons
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Bib Id: 421175

Format: Book
Author: Lyons, Kelly Starling
Summary: Cherishing the special broom resting above her hearth for its representation of the slave heritage that once forbade legal marriages, Ellen prepares for her parents' triumphant registry at a Reconstruction-era courthouse as lawful husband and wife and proudly carries the broom so that they can repeat a cultural wedding tradition.
Title: Ellen's broom / Kelly Starling Lyons ; illustrated by Daniel Minter.
Publisher, Date: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2012.
Description: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 28 cm.
Subjects: African Americans -- Juvenile fiction
Subjects: African Americans -- Social life and customs -- Juvenile fiction.
Subjects: Weddings -- Juvenile fiction.
Subjects: Reconstruction -- Juvenile fiction.
Subjects: United States -- History -- 1865-1898 -- Juvenile fiction.
Other Author: Minter, Daniel ill.
LCCN: bl2011036792
ISBN: 0399250034
ISBN: 9780399250033
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 12
Total Copies: 14
Call Number: P Lyons