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 wif...more
Audience: I feel this book would best fit grades 1-3. The book is packed with colorful pictures. These grades would also best fit the book because it talks about family traditions and these students would be starting to learn about that topic.
Appeal: I believe that students will find this book very appealing because it covers a family tradition. Students in grades 1-3 are just starting to show an interest in things that involve their family tradition. Also the pictures in this stor...more
In church, Ellen's family learns that all former slaves living together as...more
Ellen sat in church with her family on a day that meant more than all the others. They were free. Slavery days were over. For Ellen's family this meant that in the eyes of the law she and her family would never have to be separ...more
Ellen’s Broom is a delightful book about how a broom that was once used during the time of slavery for marriage becomes a tradition. Readers will journey with Ellen as she carries the broom her parents once jumped over during slavery to bind the family, to a courthouse where her parents will be officially married.
Kelly has a wonderful and delightful way of creating characters that connects with young readers. And that connection...more
One of the things I loved about being a history major was finding out little details from the past. The author seems to have the same enjoyment because this book is based on a little bit of history she found: a list of former slave couples who were finally able to really marry once they were free. In this book, Ellen tells the story of her parents who were first married by jumping the broom, but after freedom were able to walk to the courthouse and make it offi...more
During Reconstruction, former slaves were allowed to register their marriages legally for the first time.
In the author's note, Kelly Starling Lyons describes the historical connections to Ellen's Broom and her own family's experiences.
A great book to add to my diversity collection.
Illustrations are colorful and cheery.