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Publication Information:
Edina, Minn. : ABDO Pub. Co., c2012.
Physical Description:
24 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 23 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
Introduces the origins and significance of Juneteenth--June 19, the day when African Americans recall their heritage and their forebears' emancipation from slavery--and describes how the holiday is celebrated.


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Book J 394.263 MUR 1 1

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Easy-to-read text paired with colorful photos and informative captions introduces readers to a meaningful holiday, Juneteenth. Readers will learn the history of Juneteenth, including slavery in the United States, the American Civil War, and the birth of Juneteenth as a Texas state holiday. Associated symbols such as the color red and the Juneteenth flag are described, as well as traditions including parades and picnics, music and games, and special foods and drinks. This title concludes with a full page explaining the fight for freedom and equality for African Americans in the United States. Features include a table of contents, a glossary with phonetic spellings, and an index. Buddy BOOKS is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-Brief chapters give readers broad summaries of these holidays-their origin or meaning, how they are celebrated, traditions today, and "important words." Color photographs with descriptive captions give further explanations, while the texts are presented in simple sentences in a large font. Easter gives background information and explains the celebration through secular and sacred symbols and traditions: lilies, bunnies, Faberge eggs, and PEEPS, among others. Juneteenth provides the most complete information, introducing the Civil War, slavery, and typical activities and food to honor the day. Saint Patrick's Day offers a glance at Irish culture, symbols, and the history of the holiday and how it changed over time, but readers will need to search suggested web links about St. Patrick to find out more about the man and why he is revered. Each book contains a websites area that directs readers to links on the publisher's site but not all of them are designed for younger children. Additional purchases as needed by topic.-Mary Elam, Learning Media Services, Plano ISD, TX (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Booklist Review

Presenting information as straightforwardly as possible, this entry in the Holidays series centers around Juneteenth, a day that commemorates the end of slavery. Murray recounts how the holiday's name came from the date June 19, 1865 when the last slaves were freed after Northern troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, years after the Emancipation Proclamation. She balances more historical facts, including a quick look at the institution of slavery, the Civil War, and details of how the date became an official Texas holiday in 1980, with descriptions of how Juneteenth is celebrated: an emphasis on food, dancing, singing, storytelling, and the color red, evoking the blood of slaves and those who died fighting for freedom. A variety of festive photographs and a few pieces of period artwork break up the text and reinforce key concepts. In an age overloaded with tertiary holidays, here's a fine book to help introduce a celebration that warrants a bigger public profile.--Chipman, Ian Copyright 2010 Booklist

Table of Contents

What Is Juneteenth?p. 4
Let Freedom Ringp. 6
A Holiday Is Bornp. 10
Pass It Onp. 12
A New Lifep. 14
Blood Redp. 18
Juneteenth Todayp. 20
Freedom and Equalityp. 22
Important Wordsp. 23
Web Sitesp. 23
Indexp. 24
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