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All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom

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Experience the joy of Juneteenth in this celebration of freedom from the award-winning team of Angela Johnson and E.B. Lewis.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Through the eyes of one little girl, andlt;I andgt;All Different Now andlt;/Iandgt;tells the story of the first Juneteenth, the day freedom finally came to the last of the slaves in the South. Since then, the observance of June 19 as African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond. This stunning picture book includes notes from the author and illustrator, a timeline of important dates, and a glossary of relevant terms.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Told in Angela Johnsonand#8217;s signature melodic style and brought to life by E.B. Lewisand#8217;s striking paintings, andlt;Iandgt;All Different Now andlt;/Iandgt;is a joyous portrait of the dawn breaking on the darkest time in our nationand#8217;s history.

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"This elegant collaboration by the creators of Lily Brown's Paintings tells of the day that slaves on a Texas plantation learn they are free, more than two years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. Johnson's graceful poem is narrated by a girl who heads to the cotton fields one June morning with her family and other slaves, unaware 'that soon,/ it would all be different.' As word spreads, reactions range from serene contemplativeness to elation. Amid the cotton plants, an elderly man cries quietly, several adults bow their heads in prayer, and the girl's mother silently hugs her: 'My mama held my hand softly/ and looked beyond,/ as another breeze blew over/ and everything/ fell to a/ hush.' Using a lovely, muted palette, Lewis's expressive watercolors convey the impact of the news of freedom, dramatically contrasting the slaves' lives before and after. Initially picturing the slaves toiling 'under the hot Texas sun,' Lewis later captures their tranquil joy as they gather on a beach in the cool night 'as free people.' Back matter provides historical context for this powerfully visualized story. Ages 5 — 9." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Angela Johnson has won three Coretta Scott King Awards, one each for her novels andlt;iandgt;The First Part Lastandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;Heavenandlt;/iandgt;, and andlt;iandgt;Toning the Sweepandlt;/iandgt;. andlt;iandgt;The First Part Lastandlt;/iandgt; was also the recipient of the Michael L. Printz Award. She is also the author of the novels andlt;iandgt;Looking for Redandlt;/iandgt; and andlt;iandgt;A Certain Octoberandlt;/iandgt;. Her books for younger readers include the Coretta Scott King Honor Book andlt;iandgt;When I Am Old with Youandlt;/iandgt;, illustrated by David Soman; andlt;iandgt;Wind Flyersandlt;/iandgt; and andlt;iandgt;I Dream of Trainsandlt;/iandgt;, both illustrated by Loren Long; and andlt;iandgt;Lottie Paris Lives Here andlt;/iandgt;and its sequel andlt;iandgt;Lottie Paris and the Best Placeandlt;/iandgt;, both illustrated by Scott M. Fischer. Additional picture books includeandnbsp;andlt;iandgt;A Sweet Smell of Rosesandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;Just Like Josh Gibsonandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;The Day Ray Got Awayandlt;/iandgt;, and andlt;iandgt;All Different Nowandlt;/iandgt;. In recognition of her outstanding talent, Angela was named a 2003 MacArthur Fellow. She lives in Kent, Ohio. Visit her at AJohnsonAuthor.com.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780689873768
Author:
Johnson, Angela
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Author:
Lewis, E. B.
Subject:
Ethnic - African American
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-U.S. Civil War
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20140531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from K up to 4
Language:
English
Illustrations:
f-c (reflective); jkt spfx: foil
Pages:
40
Dimensions:
228.6 x 279.4 mm
Age Level:
from 5 up to 9

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This elegant collaboration by the creators of Lily Brown's Paintings tells of the day that slaves on a Texas plantation learn they are free, more than two years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. Johnson's graceful poem is narrated by a girl who heads to the cotton fields one June morning with her family and other slaves, unaware 'that soon,/ it would all be different.' As word spreads, reactions range from serene contemplativeness to elation. Amid the cotton plants, an elderly man cries quietly, several adults bow their heads in prayer, and the girl's mother silently hugs her: 'My mama held my hand softly/ and looked beyond,/ as another breeze blew over/ and everything/ fell to a/ hush.' Using a lovely, muted palette, Lewis's expressive watercolors convey the impact of the news of freedom, dramatically contrasting the slaves' lives before and after. Initially picturing the slaves toiling 'under the hot Texas sun,' Lewis later captures their tranquil joy as they gather on a beach in the cool night 'as free people.' Back matter provides historical context for this powerfully visualized story. Ages 5 — 9." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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