It's bedtime, and Mazie is annoyed — she wants to stay up. "I can't go where I want, have what I want, or do what I want," she complains to her father. As he cuddles up with her in her bedroom, he explains that tomorrow is Juneteenth, the anniversary of the day that the Emancipation Proclamation finally came to Texas on June 19, 1865. He tells her about her "Great, Great, Great Grandpa Mose," who was enslaved until that day; about the continued struggles for equality; and about the freedoms that she enjoys today.
This beautiful story by award-winning author and illustrator Floyd Cooper will captivate both children and adults. Mazie's complaint will be a familiar one, but the story her father tells puts his daughter's life into context, both in the history of their family and in the history of America. Cooper's soft oil paintings capture the pride of the family's story and the love of this father-daughter pair as Mazie learns the true meaning of freedom.
"June 19, 2015 [marked] the 150th anniversary of the day the Emancipation Proclamation made it to Texas (two years after the rest of the country heard it). This title offers context for that occasion, hailed as 'Juneteenth'.... Cooper depicts the Selma to Montgomery March, a schoolroom, a church, and the rear view of a historic inauguration, making this a useful title for a bird's-eye perspective of the subject." — Wendy Lukehart, School Library Journal
|5 - 8
|Feb 1, 2015
|Capstone Young Readers