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Freedom Soup

Written by Tami Charles and illustrated by Jacqueline Alcantara
Published by Candlewick
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Join the celebration in the kitchen as a family makes their traditional New Year’s soup — and shares the story of how Haitian independence came to be.

The shake-shake of maracas vibrates down to my toes. Ti Gran’s feet tap-tap to the rhythm.

Every year, Haitians all over the world ring in the new year by eating a special soup, a tradition dating back to the Haitian Revolution. This year, Ti Gran is teaching Belle how to make the soup — Freedom Soup — just like she was taught when she was a little girl. Together, they dance and clap as they prepare the holiday feast, and Ti Gran tells Belle about the history of the soup, the history of Belle’s family, and the history of Haiti, where Belle’s family is from. In this celebration of cultural traditions passed from one generation to the next, Jacqueline Alcántara’s lush illustrations bring to life both Belle’s story and the story of the Haitian Revolution. Tami Charles’s lyrical text, as accessible as it is sensory, makes for a tale that readers will enjoy to the last drop.

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Quotes from Freedom Soup

  • One by one, I slide the ingredients into the bubbling liquid. The pumpkiny-garlic smell swirls all around us. "Long ago, my country was a land of sugarcane and coffee fields, and my people were slaves, working under the fiery sun, growing vegetables, making soup for their masters, soup they were never allowed to eat themselves. Freedom soup was only for the free."

What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • Belle makes soup with Ti Gran as a way to share history and traditions. Do you have traditional foods that you make with your family that bring you closer together?

  • Ti Gran teaches Belle about her ancestors. What do you know about your ancestors? Ask a parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle to tell you a favorite story they remember.

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Tami Charles's Book Dedication

To Nounoune, thank you for your gifts. Ti Gran, nou renmen'w nou ap manke pou eternite. (We love and miss you eternally.)

Jacqueline Alcantara's Book Dedication

For Nana, Abuela, and Mama — and all the Ti Grans who feed us dishes and stories that remind us to be proud of our past.

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Book Details

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Publication Date:
December 10, 2019
Text Details:
This book was typeset in Badger.
Illustration Details:
The illustrations were done in pencil, marker, and gouache and assembled digitally.