Through the eyes of one little girl, All Different Now tells the story of the first Juneteenth, the day freedom finally came to the last of the slaves in the South. Since then, the observance of June 19 as African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond. This stunning picture book includes notes from the author and illustrator, a timeline of important dates, and a glossary of relevant terms.
Told in Angela Johnson’s signature melodic style and brought to life by E.B. Lewis’s striking paintings, All Different Now is a joyous portrait of the dawn breaking on the darkest time in our nation’s history.
N- Nugget, Juneteenth is a holiday that I recently learned about. It had never been taught in my classrooms growing up or in my children's. It was the day when slaves gathered for word that the emancipation proclamation had been signed.
NE- A truly enchanting enticement that slowly pulls you into the book. Her words mirror the flow of the breeze in rhythm.
* Did you notice the point of view? Very unique.
E- Waiting for word that slavery was ended.
The general reading from a balcony declaring slavery had ended.
Their actions as a family after realizing that they were free.
SE- Her ending begins just as the story started but ends with All Different Now.
** Did you notice the softness of this story? What an oxymoron for the event that should have been shouted through the land.
S- Because this is a perspective of how events happened the author tells you that this is her perception. Since this is historical fiction the sources aren't included. But, she does include an author's note, there is an illustrator's note, glossary, index of dates and how Juneteenth is celebrated today. Also included are several sources for further reading.
SW- This is a perfect example of author and illustrator doing their 50%. Author's word are soft and flowing while the illustrator captured the strength in pictures. Simple wrinkled hands gathered in prayer, young arms stretched to they sky.
W- This is a little known celebration that to me should be celebrated at the same level as Thanksgiving and Independence Day. Thanksgiving is our celebration of coming to America with a new start. Independence Day is our celebration of earning our freedom from England. Juneteenth should be our celebration of Independence as a person- each of us responsible for ourselves.
NW- The need is clear, their needs to be freedom. What is missing (but it works is the want), there isn't a want in the story because the characters do not know that they have a right to want.