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Juneteenth for Mazie

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  539 ratings  ·  124 reviews
Mazie is ready to celebrate liberty. She is ready to celebrate freedom. She is ready to celebrate a great day in American history — the day her ancestors were no longer slaves. Mazie remembers the struggles and the triumph, as she gets ready to celebrate Juneteenth.
This beautiful story by award-winning author and illustrator Floyd Cooper will captivate both children and ad
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 2nd 2015 by CapstoneYoung Readers (first published January 1st 2015)
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Jessica Rodrigues Yes. There are big, bold, expressive pictures and short text. While it mentions the horrors of slavery, it doesn't do so in a way that would frighten …moreYes. There are big, bold, expressive pictures and short text. While it mentions the horrors of slavery, it doesn't do so in a way that would frighten or disturb a 3 year old.(less)

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Apr 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
The cover of this book elicits a feeling of pure happiness. The story it conveys does the same. I have never read a picture book about Juneteenth, and this one was a fine start.

Mazie is a little girl who is finding her restrictions (bedtime, sweets, etc.) very bothersome. Her wise father uses this as a teaching moment.

"I can't go where I want, have what I want, or do what I want."

He explains that her great, great, great grandfather had a much tighter reign on his freedom, and how he and other
Nov 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful story about the history of Juneteenth (which isn't an official holiday in the USA but should be) with lovely and sweet illustrations!

The last few lines were so poignant and well written.
Katie Logonauts
Juneteenth for Mazie introduces the holiday of Juneteenth through the father of young Mazie. Mazie is frustrated by the end of her day and expresses a complaint common to many children, "'I can't go where I want, have what I want, or do what I want.'" Mazie's dad helps her to see her complaints in context by telling her a quick overview of US history, beginning with her Great, Great, Great, Grandpa Mose before the Civil War.

This story deals with a difficult issue and a long history in quick, def
Denice Hein
Apr 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
1.) Text-to-world. This texts really explains why Juneteenth is celebrated in Lincoln and the United States. I think it could be used to connect to the events of today. That we have come far but have struggles still ahead. We need to celebrate the wins and keep working together for more.
2.) This books offers an historical perspective of early freed African Americans and the first celebrations of the end of the Civil War and freedom and it gives a short perspective of today’s celebrations. It als
Feb 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Mazie is a little girl who is always getting told “no” by her parents, which makes her grumpy. Her father tries to make her feel better by promising that the next day, she can be part of a celebration. He explains to her they will be commemorating Juneteenth Day, and tells her that this is the day the slaves in Texas got word of their freedom. They never forgot that wonderful day.

He then adds that in spite of the emancipation of slaves, things weren’t perfect, and blacks still had to protest and
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful children book about Juneteenth
Alex  Baugh
May 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: randomly-reading
I was pretty excited when I heard that Floyd Cooper was going to be at BEA 2015 and more excited when I found out he would be signing copies of Juneteenth for Mazie. In fact, I was so excited that I was the first person on line. What a nice man Floyd Cooper is, and what an incredible artist and writer.

Young Mazie feels that sometimes her life is full of the word no - no cookies before bedtime, no playing outside when it's dark, no staying up late. When she tells her dad that she can't do what sh
This book starts by relating how Mazie resents keep being told, “No!” Her father then tells the story of her Great, Great, Great Grandpa Mose’s life as a slave who managed to run away to Galveston to hear the proclamation at the end of the Civil war which ended slavery in the United States. It explains why every year on June 19th, the day that has become known as Juneteenth is when the abolition of slavery and emancipation of African American citizens is commemorated throughout the United States ...more
Feb 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-kid-lit, netgalley
I always enjoy Floyd Cooper's beautiful illustrations and this book is no exception. As Mazie's father explains the history of Juneteenth to her, the scenes from the past fill the pages. There is her Great Great Great Grandpa Mose working in a cotton field. Here is the crowd celebrating in the streets of Galveston as the news of emancipation is announced. Some scenes are much more recent. Her father mentions, "They marched for jobs...shouted for opportunity" and we see a crowd crossing the Edmun ...more
Patricia Tilton
Jul 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Floyd Cooper’s "Juneteenth for Mazie" beautifully illustrates and celebrates a memorable day in American history. His picture book about June 19, or Juneteenth, will encourage a new generation of children to celebrate, ask questions and remember. This year will mark the 150th anniversary of that auspicious day.
This is a lovely saga about Mazie, her family and their ancestral relationship to Juneteenth. Her father narrates this touching story about Grandpa Mose who “worked in fields that stretche
Jaimie Lee
Mar 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As any young child, Mazie does not want to sleep at her bedtime! However, on this particular day, Mazie is reminded that tomorrow is a very important day for her and her family. Mazie’s parents remind Mazie that tomorrow is Juneteenth, the very day when Grandpa Mose walked into the world of freedom. Afterwards, her community worked extra hard to not only maintain the freedom but have equal rights through determination, love, and perseverance. Mazie is told to always be thankful and never forget. ...more
Aisha Oaktree
As a Jamaican I had no idea what Juneteenth was about. Even though I am a Black woman in America this isn't something I learnt about in school and as my parents are immigrants they don't know about this and didn't know to teach us about this one.

I'm so happy for this book, I think it will be a great way to teach young children about this important holiday and of course a way for them to see themselves in the books we read.

The illustrations are beautiful and totally capture the images and facial
I received a copy of Juneteenth for Mazie from Net Galley and Capstone Publishers in exchange for my honest review. Love the cover of this lushly illustrated picture book which features a smiling a smiling young Mazie. When Mazie becomes upset because she doesn't want to go to bed her father explains to her that although she doesn't like to hear the word no her ancestors had to hear the word quite often. He explains to Mazie the significance of the Juneteenth Celebration and how her forefathers ...more
When Mazie is feeling disgruntled by all the things she's being told she cannot do, her father provides her with several reasons for celebrating. Her family and others will be celebrating Juneteenth, the anniversary of the day when slavery was abolished and the Civil War ended on June 19, 1865 with an announcement in Galveston, Texas. He traces the story back to Mazie's Great-great-great-grandfather Mose who was a slave and then links each succeeding generation's fight for freedom. This is a goo ...more
Cara Byrne
Aug 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I don't think I've picked up a single book by Floyd Cooper that I haven't loved or that hasn't brought tears to my eyes. Whether he is writing about family history, loss or heritage, his gorgeous and luminous illustrations are realistic and nostalgic simultaneously. This picture book focuses on a lesser publicized American holiday- Juneteenth, which is celebrated on June 19th and commemorates the day in 1865 when the end of the Civil war was announced and the abolition of slavery was officially ...more
Mar 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
First of all this book has spectacular illustrations!
Second of all, Maize's dad helps to remind both the reader and little Maize what it is to have true Freedom. That even though she may hear the word 'no' or be told she can't have a cookie there was a time, not long ago that members of her family heard the word 'no' a lot more often, and lived a much harsher life. He tells her the story of Juneteenth and the struggles of her great great great grandpa and how she should celebrate and remember t
Yoo Kyung Sung
Apr 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nbgs-2015
" On June 19, 1865", soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, announcing the end of the Civil War and the end of slavery in the United States. It was more than two years after president Lincoln's EMancipation Proclamation. Celebrated every year on June 19, Juneteenth commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery and the emancipation of Afriian American citizens throughout the entire US."

Generation-by-generatin celebrations on Juneteenth!. From the great great great granpa Mose crossed i
Amy Rae
Nov 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Fuzzy-edged, subdued illustrations--almost like peering into someone else's memory of long ago--accompany a family-based explanation of the meaning of Juneteenth. As someone who does not know much about Juneteenth, it was informative as well as pleasant to read. Cooper's warm, loving text keeps the book from feeling didactic. A short note at the end explains the holiday for those who might not know it.

NB: I received a free galley copy of Juneteenth for Mazie from NetGalley in exchange for an hon
Mar 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
The story itself is cool - it gives a very good overview of Juneteenth and what it meant at the time, as well as the current celebrations and modern meaning. The text also brings a reminder that it definitely wasn't "over" in 1865; that there is still fighting to be done before everyone is truly free.

The illustrations, though, are amazing. They add a new and fascinating layer to the text, calling out specific moments in the history of civil rights that will give you the shivers when you realize
Cheryl Belt-Jackson
May 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
A young girl name Mazie is told the history of her great-grandpa Moses. Mose's history was being a slave then freed, and how and why June 19th became a day of celebration.
I really like this book because of the realistic pictures, past history including current history. This book shares the struggles and accomplishments of Black Americans in the America. This would be a good story to share with elementary and middle school students during Black History month and of course, June 19t
Teresa Bateman
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Floyd Cooper's amazing muted and textured illustrations flow across double-page spreads as young readers get to meet Mazie. Mazie is an African-American girl and she's tired of being told what to do. She can't go outside because it's too dark. She can't stay up late when she wants too. Where's her freedom? Loving parents explain what freedom really means and tell her about the upcoming Juneteenth holiday that celebrates the freedom from slavery. This is a gentle and compelling story, beautifully ...more
Meghan Nels
Mazie is tired of hearing the word no. After being told no repeatedly one night, her father tells her the story of how her Great, Great, Great Grandpa Mose was told no repeatedly and how he fought for his freedom. From her father, Mazie learns the story behind Juneteenth celebrations. Colorful, endearing pictures accompanied by simple text create a picture book that will assist even the youngest readers in understanding the importance of Juneteenth.
Mar 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Juneteenth for Mazie is written and illustrated by Floyd Cooper. Mazie is a typical kid who wants to push the boundaries of her world a little bit. She gets mad when she can't eat what she wants, go outside when she wants, or stay up as late as she wants to. Her father teachers about a time when African American men and women were also not allowed to do as they liked. He explains the Juneteenth celebration to Maizie and they celebrate together. ...more
Apr 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just completed testing for the day, opening mail as I was gone to TLA last week and found this little gem from one of my vendors. Sepia tones with the right amount of color, history, cries, celebration, growth, forgiveness, achievement, as well as memories. Mr. Cooper has expressed a joyous celebration for all who overcome oppression, degradation, and the evils others put upon them. Excellent book to read to the youngest children to help them understand why Juneteenth is celebrated. Well done!
Nov 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Juneteenth for Mazie is a beautifully illustrated book for young children that describes the significance of June 19th and its commemoration of African-American's freedom from slavery. In lyrical prose, Maize learns about her history and develops pride and delight in the story of her people's fierce struggle for liberation.

Thank you to Netgalley for my review copy of this book.
Mar 13, 2015 added it
June 19, 2015 is the 150th anniversary of the day the Emancipation Proclamation made it to Texas.
The oil wash and eraser technique works really well.
Awesome images to go with the narration-- a boy's profile in a cotton field, a man and women running to the North Star, the proclamation read in TX....
Jun 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Warm soft brown illustrations feature cheerful Mazie, a young African-American girl who learns about Juneteenth when the end of slavery is celebrated from her father. Scenes from slavery's cotton fields, 1960's Civil rights marches, de-segregated schools, and Obama's Presidential swearing in ceremony lead to a barbecue celebration of Juneteenth for Mazie, her friends and family. ...more
Oct 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rll-538
I loved this book. My family started celebrating Juneteenth this year for the first time and we will continue to celebrate it every year. This is a great story of Mazie asking her family about Juneteenth and they go back in time to explain the importance of the day. This is a great book to help younger children understand the importance of June 19th for the African American community.
Apr 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book that could be shared with a younger audience as well as appreciated by an older audience. It's just enough to get across the importance of the holiday without being so technical that an elementary audience might lose interest. Great job. ...more
Jessica Rodrigues
Maybe it's just 'cause I'm pregnant, but this brought a little tear to my eye. ...more
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Floyd Cooper received a Coretta Scott King Honor for his illustrations in Brown Honey In Broomwheat Tea and I Have Heard Of A Land. Born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Mr. Cooper received a degree in fine arts from the University of Oklahoma. In 1984 he came to New York City to pursue a career as an illustrator of books and now lives in Easton, Pennsylvania, with his wife and two sons.

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