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Can you believe we are just days away from ringing in the New Year? I say it every year, but I honestly can’t believe another year has gone by! I have a gorgeous new book to share with you that would make a perfect read for New Years! Freedom Soup is a stunningly beautiful story all about celebrating freedom and the start of a New Year! I know that you and your kids will absolutely love it!
I love learning about different cultures and their traditions and celebrations! Have you ever heard of Freedom Soup? I know I hadn’t until I read this beautiful new book. Freedom Soup is a dish that is made by Haitian families all around the world. It is not only a dish made to ring in the New Year but it is also a celebration of Haitian freedom and independence!
Freedom soup is the story of Belle and her grandmother, Ti Gran. It is time for the tradition of making Freedom Soup to be handed down from grandmother to granddaughter. Ti Gran tells Belle the story of Freedom Soup, of her Haitian roots, and of her family history. Together they dance, clap, and cook up the magic that is Freedom Soup.
Author Tami Charles has created such a beautiful story. Her words flow like music…you can almost hear the maracas. It is more than a story about soup…it is a story about family, tradition, and freedom. You can feel the joy that Ti Gran has as she shares her family’s history with her granddaughter. The illustrations by Jacqueline Alcantara are breathtaking. They are the perfect complement to the book. The rich warm colors seem to bring the story to life. Both the artwork and words make you feel like you can almost smell the delicious Freedom Soup!
I absolutely fell in love with this book. The story was so full of family traditions, love, and pride. There is something so special about the passing down of a recipe from one generation to the next. Along with the recipe comes so much history. In the case of Freedom Soup it is not only the history of this family, but it is the history of an entire nation. This is going to be a book that we read again and again. I can’t recommend this one enough. Absolutely wonderful.
For more information about author Tami Charles, you can visit her website here.
For more information about illustrator Jacqueline Alcantara, you can visit her website here.
To order a copy of Freedom Soup for yourself you can click here or on the image below!
Do you have any family traditions for bringing in the New Year? I would love to hear them!