Kelly Starling Lyons, author of One Million Men and Me has a new picture book out!
Ellen's parents walked over to the broom hanging on the wall. Mama always said it was part of the family-a record of the way things were.
The way things were was that Mama and Papa had been slaves. As slaves they didn't have the right to be legally married. So they had a broom jumping ceremony and a deacon to say a few words.
But all that was in the past. Now they are free. And a new law says they can be married officially. It will be recognized by the law. And the whole family gets to participate!
Ellen's Broom is a peek into history. It is a story of a new beginning. A story of family. And also community. It is a celebration. Once again Lyons brings to the written page the strength and resiliency of the African American community with a story of hope and change.
Daniel Minter's block prints strike just the right tone - there is the earthy quality that reminds the reader of slavery mixed with brilliant joyful colors that express an indomitable spirit
This post is a part of Kelly's blog tour which celebrates the release of Ellen's Broom. If you leave a comment here or at one of the other stops on the tour and you will be entered to win a decorated wedding broom made by Stuarts Creations and also a copy of the Ellen's Broom cover. The winner will be announced on January 16.
Oh, and before you leave me, take a minute to peek inside this gorgeous and tender story.