Located at the Louis Armstrong Park in New Orleans, rich in history, this is a story of Congo Square, in slave time, this was a place of luxury, a plaLocated at the Louis Armstrong Park in New Orleans, rich in history, this is a story of Congo Square, in slave time, this was a place of luxury, a place and time where the slave can let the music take him o r her wherever they dreamed. In Congo Park one could be free from rank and cruelty.
Unique in concept, the black slave could have one day off, and that day was Sunday. But, sadly as time went on, there was only one place where the black slave on New Orleans could congregate, and that place was Congo Square.
Today, as then, musc occurs, and the spirit is lead to a feeling of freedom, away from everyday grind, and as the music flows the spirit is soon to follow. In New Orleans, after 1817, slaves could only gather in one place on their one day a week, and that place was in an open field known as Congo Square. There, the slaves could play African music, dance, play, and sing.
Each day was as grueling as the next, but the spirit of ancestry and comradery helped to make the other six days somewhat bearable.
Freedom in Congo Square is indeed worthy of all the many awards of recognition, including the following:
2017 Caldecott Honor
2017 Coretta Scott King Honor
2017 Charlotte Zolotow Award
A 2016 New York Times Best Illustrated Book...more
When the illustrations are beautiful, and the story is also lovely, I smile and want to say to all "read this book!" "read it!"
This is a soft story, aWhen the illustrations are beautiful, and the story is also lovely, I smile and want to say to all "read this book!" "read it!"
This is a soft story, an exquisitely lovely story accompanied by wonderful illustrations. When a young boy forgets his prayers, he gets out of bed and gets on his knees. Asking God to please remember those in need, renders this child a special one.
Usually it is the illustrations that drive the story. In this book, the opposite is true. While the illustrations are lovely, the story is simply deliUsually it is the illustrations that drive the story. In this book, the opposite is true. While the illustrations are lovely, the story is simply delightful. It is a soft tale of snow, soup, solidarity, and love.
Crisp snow surrounds the country house, and as a boy walks his dog and collects fire wood, his grandmother is stirring soup. As the boy helps stir the soup, his grandmother tells him the soup should be made because it is turning cold. The moon is almost full, and the candles are burning low. Outside, folk with boots, sleds, snow shoes and ponies Tgather to the home where they are welcomed with soup.
"No one is different and No one is alone." This is a tale of softness and generosity as all are gathered round the table.
It was a perfect time to read this soft book. We had a snow fall last night; it was a pretty snow fall, a snow globe type of snow fall....more
Well deserving of a 2017 Newbery honor award, this book is wonderfully crafted from beginning to end. The setting is rural Pennsylvania in the 1940'sWell deserving of a 2017 Newbery honor award, this book is wonderfully crafted from beginning to end. The setting is rural Pennsylvania in the 1940's when the war is raging. And, while the farming community lives their quiet lives, still they are impacted by the war abroad.
The reader is immediately pulled into the story of young Annabelle who is bullied by Betty, a new girl at school. And, a lesser, but mentioned character is a German adult man who sells his produce and doesn't harm, and does not deserve to be ostracized by the local adults.
Betty is a new girl at school who is nasty and evil. While walking on the wooded path to school, Betty stops Annabelle and tells her to bring something the next day or, her two small brothers will pay a price. To reinforce that she means business, Betty uses a large stick to swing and produce welts on Annabelle's leg.
To protect her brothers, and placate Betty, Annabelle takes a penny from her bank, but unfortunately the bank slips and is broken. When questioned, Annabelle lies to her mother.
This simple lie sets in motion the thread that unwinds the spool of nastiness and harm to innocents undeserving of what occurs. And, as Annabelle watches Betty's actions, she grows increasingly fearful and continues not to tell her parents.
Like Scout in the excellent book To Kill a Mockinbird, Annabelle has an introverted male friend who lives in the woods. Toby looks a tad weird, but would never harm or bother others. And, because he saw Betty's cruelty, and cares for his young friend, he firmly warns Betty to leave Annabelle alone.
Sadly, Toby now becomes a target and watches as day after day Betty ups the ante of ugliness as her nastiness expands outward to others. In school, to find an accomplice, she wisely chooses an outcast who looks for trouble and is more than happy to help.
Because the town is already suspicious of someone different than them, Toby is an easy target. And, when a German man stops to allow the children to pet his horse, from high above, a rock is hurled directly at the eye of Annabelle's young school friend. Now, as others are dramatically, physically harmed, Betty sets the trap for Toby to be blamed.
We all may know a bully like Betty from our childhood, or perhaps in our adult work environment She or he is nicely dressed and smiles beguilingly while weaving nasty lies, knowing how to plant the seed that grows out of control, tangling others while stepping back, claiming innocence while blaming others.
This book is stellar in development, and never over dramatic. Well written, the reader can almost hear the sounds of scary background music as crafty Betty picks the most innocent, vulnerable targets, and harms for sheer pleasure.
4.5 Stars! I would have given five stars, but wanted more development regarding the way in which the community treated the Germanic farmer. He was mentioned, then dropped. Annabelle watched the adult treatment of him, and thus may as a result, become hesitant to tell others about Betty, but this wasn't pulled together as tightly as it could have been.
Twelve year old Mathilde loves her family. And twelve year old Mathilde loves her friend Megs. Their country is at war. Slowly the surrounding areas aTwelve year old Mathilde loves her family. And twelve year old Mathilde loves her friend Megs. Their country is at war. Slowly the surrounding areas are confiscated. Each night the remaining people of Sofarende hide in shelters as the sound of bombs pounds their ears.
Resources are scarce, and as the enemy encroaches, food is more scarce each day. The military has a plan. They make a very complicated test that school children whose parents allow can have a chance to give their parents more food and resources. A college education is promised, if the selected children returns when the war is finished.
And increasingly as the bombs hit, it is questionable who will die and who will live. Megs is the brightest in her school, but Mathilde is the one who passes the test.
Mathilde is hidden away with other gifted children. Each child possesses a unique gift. Mathilde's assignment is to daily meet with a young enemy soldier who was captured. As she grows to know the enemy, she questions if there is a right and wrong to war.
Found at a local library sale, this was a joy to discover and slowly read each page, noting the text and paying particular attention to the art work.Found at a local library sale, this was a joy to discover and slowly read each page, noting the text and paying particular attention to the art work.
The American Wing of the Metropolitan Art Museum in NYC, houses approximately 1,700 works of fine and decorative art including sculpture, stained glass and paintings.
When visiting the Met, I usually go to the American Wing first. Filled with exquisite paintings including, to name just a few of my favorites: Madame X and The Wyndham Sisters by John Singer Sargent, and Gulf Stream by Winslow Homer.
There are wonderful intricate carved furniture pieces, detailed costumes, and Tiffany glass.
And, there is more, oh so much more. If you haven't been there, and can visit, I highly recommend you do so. And, if you are not able to visit, this lovely book highlighting some of the acquisitions, will show you just one wing of what is the marvelous MET museum!...more
Young Henry loves his lion stuffed animal named Leo. In his mind, Leo is real. He and Leo have adventures and Leo listens to Henry. Dispite what his pYoung Henry loves his lion stuffed animal named Leo. In his mind, Leo is real. He and Leo have adventures and Leo listens to Henry. Dispite what his parents tell him, Henry holds fast to the knowledge that Leo is alive.
When the family goes on a trip into the woods, that night, Henry realizes Leo is still in the woods. Firm in his belief that Leo will find his way home, still, he is worried...deeply worried.
As the reader sees via the lovely illustrations. Leo finds his way home with the help of his woodland friends the bear and the fox.
The art work is colorful and lovely in appearance. As a child, I had a cartoon friend Bertie the Bunyip. I knew he was real. When my mother told me adamantly that he was not, through tears, when I phoned my beloved grandmother, she affirmed that if I knew Bertie was real, then he was indeed real.
This story brought back many found memories....more
It was a restless night, and I spent awake time finishing this fascinating story by Coretta Scott King. To live with a man who was so very instrumentaIt was a restless night, and I spent awake time finishing this fascinating story by Coretta Scott King. To live with a man who was so very instrumental in becoming and remaining one of the pivotal members of the American Civil Right movement was not an easy task. Their's was a relationship of strength with a very strong bond of Christian faith.
I found it sad to learn that in many of the events, women were not encouraged to attend. For example, she was not invited to go with Martin to meet then President John Kennedy after the very successful march on Washington. She literally walked by Martin's side for hundreds of marches. Trained in college for a life of operatic singing, when she met Martin, all that changed.
She noted many behind the scenes bickering regarding who received the most attention, but overall knew that even though the paths were different, the cause remained the same.
Strong, resilient and beautiful, Coretta was instrumental in keeping the memories of MLK, Jr. alive, long after his assignation, There is such beauty in her portrayal of family life with Martin and their four children.