Juneteenth Is

Chronicle. Apr. 2024. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781797216805.
PreS-Gr 3–The heart of Juneteenth celebrations lies in the community and family gatherings that take place on this day. This story offers a poignant and deeply meaningful look at the holiday through the eyes of one extended family. The family comes together to honor their heritage, share stories, and express their cultural pride. Tripplett’s text is a heartfelt ode to the holiday, inviting readers to go with the family to the parade, dance to the music, to share fist bumps and hugs, and enjoy a plethora of food made from old family recipes. The prose is concise and impactful: “Juneteenth is the history lesson not taught at school.” O’Brien’s smooth, emotion-packed illustrations are the perfect counterpart, uplifting the text and sharing a story of their own.
VERDICT A recommended purchase.

Be the first reader to comment.

Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.



We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing