Ellen's Broom - Kelly Starling Lyons and Daniel Minter

Ellen’s parents were married as slaves, so they had a broom wedding. Their marriage wasn’t legal; instead, Deacon said a few words, and they held hands and jumped over a broom on the ground. Now there’s a new law that allows former slaves living as husband and wife to be registered as married. When the family visits the courthouse, Ellen brings the broom she’s decorated. ELLEN’S BROOM (Putnam, $16.99) is an important part of her parents’ wedding. Kelly Starling Lyons introduces children to the historical significance of the African-American tradition of jumping the broom. Daniel Minter’s block-print illustrations beautifully capture the time and place. Ages 5-8. HWP
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ISBN: 9780399250033
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - January 5th, 2012