Ellen's Broom

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Ellen's Broom

By Kelly Lyons; Daniel Minter (Illustrator)

G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780399250033, 32pp.

Publication Date: January 5, 2012


A young girl learns a new meaning for freedom during the time of Reconstruction

Ellen always knew the broom resting above the hearth was special. Before it was legal for her mother and father to officially be married, the broom was what made them a family anyway. But now all former slaves who had already been married in their hearts could register as lawful husband and wife.

When Ellen and her family make the long trip to the courthouse dressed in their best, she brings the broom her parents had jumped so many years before. Even though freedom has come, Ellen knows the old traditions are important too. After Mama and Papa's names are recorded in the register, Ellen nearly bursts with pride as her parents jump the broom once again.

Ellen is a wonderfully endearing character whose love for her family is brought to life in Daniel Minter's rich and eye-catching block print illustrations.

About the Author

DANIEL MINTER is an award-winning illustrator and adjunct art instructor at Maine College of Art. He received a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Honor in 2013 for Ellen's Broom. Minter finds inspiration from observing the natural world and thinking about history and science. He also practices Asian and African martial arts, including capoeira angola, karate, and escrima.Minter lives in Portland, Maine, with his wife and their son.