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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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: AD610L (What's this?)
  • Series: Coretta Scott King Honor - Illustrator Honor Title
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (January 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399250034
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399250033
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #581,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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