Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters
The year is 1859, and it's Christmastime on a Virginia Plantation. The slaves are setting up the Big House -- where their masters live -- for the festivities. The Big House is filled with warmth, colorful decorations, and delicious food... but there is talk of war and a sense that times may be changing. In the quarters -- where the slaves live conditions are poor, dirty, and cold, but the slaves are filled with hope for better times ahead, and they sing songs of freedom.
Moving deftly between two worlds, this beautifully illustrated book by award-winning authors Patricia and Fredrick McKassick is a rich historical tale as well as a holiday treat.
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Review: Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the QuartersUser Review - Gale - Goodreads
“A Tidewater Upstairs, Downstairs” In some 60 pages (followed by 4 pages of Notes) the authors present a faithfully detailed account of the contrasting ways that Christmas was celebrated in the Big ... Read full review
Review: Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the QuartersUser Review - Shauna Drossart - Goodreads
This book would be good for middle elementary students (grades 3-4). It shows the different ways both slaves and slave owners celebrated Christmas during the Civil War. This would be great to go with a History lesson, and introduce some of the ideas of slavery and vocabulary. Read full review
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