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Ellen's Broom (Coretta Scott King Honor - Illustrator Honor Title) Hardcover – January 5, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 610L (What's this?)
  • Series: Coretta Scott King Honor - Illustrator Honor Title
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (January 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399250034
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399250033
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 8.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #638,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kelly Starling Lyons (www.kellystarlinglyons.com) lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Daniel Minter (www.danielminter.com) lives in Portland, Maine.

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Kelly Starling Lyons began her journey to become a children's book author in her hometown of Pittsburgh. She learned the art of storytelling from her mom who took her to productions at a children's theater, wrote plays and made up bedtime tales. Her grandparents, who showed their imagination through cooking and gardening, taught her to honor the magic of history and home. Surrounded by creativity, Lyons began to write.

She curled up near the radiator behind her bedroom door and allowed her pen to take her to other worlds. A canopy of trees transformed into a make-believe fortress, backyards hid treasure and tunnels to faraway lands, bridges that crossed the Monongahela, Allegheny and Ohio rivers spanned distance and time.

Now a children's book author, Lyons works to transform moments, memories and history into stories of discovery. Her books include chapter book, NEATE: Eddie's Ordeal; CCBC Choices-honored picture book One Million Men and Me; Ellen's Broom, a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Award Book and Junior Library Guild and Bank Street Best selection; Tea Cakes for Tosh, a Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People and Phillis Wheatley Book Award winner and Hope's Gift, a 2013 winter/spring Okra Pick by SIBA (Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance).

Find out more about Kelly at www.kellystarlinglyons.com.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Edmond L. Hooks on March 18, 2012
Format: Hardcover
African American couples still jump the broom at their wedding ceremonies today. I'm sure young people wonder about it and reading Ellen's Broom is a great way to introduce the tradition to them. It is a very warm and loving story that can open up a lot of conversation among children and parents. Her author's note gives an important look into Lyons' motivation and research. I highly Ellen's Broomrecommend it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Madigan McGillicuddy on May 15, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I was really charmed by this antebellum story telling about the complex history of "jumping the broom" at African-American weddings. Ellen's parents are eager to put the past behind them when they are finally able to legally wed at a courthouse after slavery has ended. Ellen reclaims and transforms the tradition into something positive, by decorating the family broom with flowers. The book is illustrated with beautiful full-color linoleum woodcuts.
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This story takes place in the reconstruction period after slavery had been abolished. Before this time Ellen’s parents were not allowed to marry, and so they like many others participated in ceremony where they jumped over the broom together into marriage. I really enjoyed this book and it would be a perfect pairing for teaching kids about this time period in American history. Even though the illustrations for this book were honored, I think the story itself is wonderful too. I think an appropriate age range for this book would be 5-7 years old.
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My daughter has read the story many, many times... and shared it with others. She takes it to poetry class, church and to family's houses so they can see her new book. The illustrations beautifully marry the text and characters to one another. Freedom begets freedom... and Ellen's Broom is a wonderful illustration of that!
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By lmcq on March 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
A unique and moving story of a young African-American girl learning of her family's heritage. A wonderful story to share with all children and adults.
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