Christmas in the Big House: Christmas in the Quarters

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Scholastic, Oct 1, 2002 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 80 pages
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Describes the customs, recipes, poems, and songs used to celebrate Christmas in the big plantation houses of the South and in the slave quarters just before the Civil War. Reprint.

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Review: Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters

User Review  - carrietracy - Goodreads

An excellent book but hard to figure the audience - far more focused on the political climate of the era - so fascinating. Most likely for educational settings. Read full review

Review: Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters

User Review  - AnnieM - Goodreads

This is what Everyone should read. It tells the two sides of the story. You get the glamor and grandeur of the big house. You also get to see the quarters and how they celebrated the same holiday. The illustrations add that extra something to the story. Add this to your reading list. Read full review

About the author (2002)

Patricia C. McKissack was born on August 9, 1944 in Smyrna, Tennessee. She received a bachelor's degree of arts in English from Tennessee State University in 1964 and a master's degree in early childhood literature and media programming from Webster University in 1975. After college, she worked as a junior high English teacher and a children's book editor. Since the 1980's, she and her husband Frederick L. McKissack have written over 100 books together. Most of their titles are biographies with a strong focus on African-American themes for young readers. Their early 1990s biography series, Great African Americans included volumes on Frederick Douglass, Marian Anderson, and Paul Robeson. Their other works included Black Hands, White Sails: The Story of African-American Whalers and Days of Jubilee: The End of Slavery in the United States. Over their 30 years of writing together, the couple won many awards including the C.S. Lewis Silver Medal, the Coretta Scott King Award for Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters, the Jane Addams Peace Award, and the 1998 Virginia Hamilton Award for making a contribution to the field of multicultural literature for children and adolescents, as well as the NAACP Image Award for Sojourner Truth: Ain't I a Woman?. She also writes fiction on her own. She won the 1993 Newberry Honor Book Award for The Dark Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural and the Caldecott Medal for Mirandy and Brother Wind.

Frederick L. McKissack was born on August 12, 1939, in Nashville, Tennessee. He received a degree in civil engineering from Tennessee State University. He was a civil engineer and a construction worker before he and his wife decided to become full-time writers. Since the 1980's, he and his wife Patricia C. McKissack have written over 100 books together. Most of their titles are biographies with a strong focus on African-American themes for young readers. Their early 1990s biography series, Great African Americans, included volumes on Frederick Douglass, Marian Anderson, and Paul Robeson. Over their 30 years of writing together, the couple won many awards including the C.S. Lewis Silver Medal, the Coretta Scott King Award for Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters, the Jane Addams Peace Award, and the 1998 Virginia Hamilton Award for making a contribution to the field of multicultural literature for children and adolescents, as well as the NAACP Image Award for Sojourner Truth: Ain't I a Woman?. He died of congestive heart failure on April 28, 2013 at the age of 73.

Brenda Niall is a former Associate Professor of English at Monash University. John Thompson is Chief Manuscripts Librarian at the National Library of Australia.

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