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CHRISTMAS IN THE BIG HOUSE, CHRISTMAS IN THE QUARTERS

McKissack, Patricia & Fredrick

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ISBN 10: 0590430270 / ISBN 13: 9780590430272
Published by New York: Scholastic, 1994, 1994
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Hard Cover. FINE in a FINE Dustjacket. SIGNED BY AUTHOR. CORETTA SCOTT KING MEDAL WINNER 1995, no award medal on dj. 68 pgs, boards. Poignant portrayal of two contrasting yet simultaneous holiday celebrations, one in the big plantation houses & the other in the slave quarters befor e the outbreak of Civil War. Describes the customs, recipes & songs of the time. Bookseller Inventory # 030146

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Title: CHRISTMAS IN THE BIG HOUSE, CHRISTMAS IN THE...

Publisher: New York: Scholastic, 1994

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition, First Printing.

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A lavishly illustrated historical book describes Christmas on a pre-Civil War plantation from the viewpoints of the big house family and the slave quarters.

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Gr. 4-6, with interest for older readers. This unusual book shows life on a Virginia plantation in 1859. Beginning after the harvest is in, the narrative describes the preparations for the Christmas season and the celebrations that follow. The differences in resources, lifestyles, and traditions between the plantation owner's family and the slaves provides a continuous contrast. Although the slaves' hardships are evident, they are not sensationalized, and the slaves' relationships with Massa and Missus in the big house are drawn with more subtlety than in many other children's books on the period. The final scenes use ironic foreshadowing: the master tells his young daughter that she'll be old enough to have her own slave in 1865, and in the quarters, a mother tells her son not to speak of running away, because she has heard rumors of freedom coming. Dramatic, full-color illustrations throughout the book offer windows on the period, showing individualized portraits of the characters at work, at rest, and at play. Some may find this a romanticized picture of slavery, but appended notes provide background information and show the authors' research on the period. Carolyn Phelan

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