As slaves relentlessly toiled in an unjust system in 19th century Louisiana, they all counted down the days until Sunday, when at least for half a day they were briefly able to congregate in Congo Square in New Orleans.
Why I love this book
Everything about this award-winning book is lovely. Author, Carole Boston Weatherford, presents the difficult subject as a rhythmic countdown which makes the introduction to the struggles and oppression of slavery more approachable for a young audience.
R. Gregory Christie’s illustration style and color palette are perfect for the subject and tone of the text. I especially love the illustrations when the celebration begins – the art moves from rigid lines and darker tones when slaves are working and becomes more colorful and loose as the characters celebrate and dance across the page- one can truly feel the short but heartfelt joy.
This book comes complete with an author’s note and forward and will be a welcome launching pad for kids who want to learn more on the subject of slavery and the little-known history of Congo Square.
Freedom in Congo Square
by Carole Boston Weatherford
illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
Little Bee Book 2016