Bound To Stay Bound

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 Flag for Juneteenth
 Author: Taylor, Kim

 Publisher:  Holiday House (2023)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [32] p., col. ill., 26 cm

 BTSB No: 840030 ISBN: 9780823452248
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Juneteenth -- Fiction
 African Americans -- History -- Fiction
 Sewing -- Fiction
 Flags -- Fiction
 Slaves -- Emancipation -- United States -- Fiction

Price: $23.28

The story follows Huldah and her community as they process the news of their freedom and celebrate together by creating a community freedom flag.

   Kirkus Reviews (11/15/22)
   School Library Journal (01/27/23)
   Booklist (01/01/23)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/12/22)
 The Hornbook (00/03/23)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 01/01/2023 It’s June 19, 1865, and Huldah’s tenth birthday, but festivities take on more significance for the enslaved girl when soldiers arrive at the Texas plantation where she lives. When one soldier reads President Abraham Lincoln's proclamation declaring all enslaved people free, the newly emancipated Black people deem June 19 a day of jubilee and freedom. They quickly prepare to celebrate as children gather branches for flagpoles, men carve the branches with African symbols of independence, and women stitch together flags reminiscent of patchwork quilts. Taylor aptly depicts this story through colorful woven fabrics and folk art-style, quilted scenes. Huldah’s birthday is not forgotten, however. After donning her white birthday dress, the girl is presented with her own freedom flag and a white star, which she sews on the flag to help guide her on her new path. A concluding author’s note explains her impetus for the picture book, but does not include more background on Juneteenth. Complete the history with Alice Faye Duncan's Opal Lee and What It Means to Be Free (2022). - Copyright 2023 Booklist.

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