Christmas in the Big House: Christmas in the Quarters

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Scholastic, Incorporated, 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  - 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 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, 1944 - Patricia C. McKissack was born on August 9, 1944 in Smyrna Tennessee. After her parents divorced, she went to live with her grandparents in St. Louis. Years later, she moved back to Tennessee with the rest of her family and made the reacquaintance of her old friend Frederick. They both attended Tennessee State University, where Patricia graduated from in 1964 with a Bachelor's Degree of Arts in English. She went on to receive her Master's in Early Childhood Literature and Media Programming at Webster University in St Louis in 1975. After college, Patricia worked as a junior high English teacher and a children's book editor, but she didn't truly enjoy either job. One day her husband asked her what she'd really like to do and she said, "Write books." They have been collaborating together on books ever since the 80's, writing over a hundred books. Frederick does the research and Pat does the writing, with subjects ranging from racism, the Civil War, slavery and biographies of famous African Americans. Pat writes fiction on her own. Patricia has won many awards, including the 1993 Newberry Honor Book Award for "The Dark Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural," the 1993 Coretta Scott King Award, the Caldecott Medal for "Mirandy and Brother Wind" 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.

Frederick L. McKissack was a civil engineer and a construction worker before he and his wife decided to become full time writers. He attended Tennessee State University, where he met his wife again after not having seen her for many years. Since the 1980's, he and his wife Patricia have written over a hundred 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, Paul Robeson, and many others. Over their 30 years of writing together, the couple won many awards, including the C.S. Lewis Silver Medal, the Coretta Scott High Author Honor and the Jane Addams Peace Award. McKissack died of heart failure on Sunday, April 28. He was 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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