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Freedom Soup

By Tami Charles
Illustrated by Jacqueline Alcántara

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.

  • Tami was inspired to write Freedom Soup by her own family's history, particularly her grandmother-in-law's stories and family recipe. With an insider's view of a culture and country whose history resonates deeply with that of the U.S. in ways both important and timely, Tami manages to deal with a weighty but somewhat difficult subject with charm and emotional depth that will hit home for young readers.
  • Tami Charles is a rising star in children's publishing.
  • While the novel deals with Haitian history and hints at Haitian diaspora, at its heart Freedom Soup is a story about a young girl continuing her family's legacy in a sweet "growing up" moment.

About the author

Tami Charles is the author of numerous books for children, including her fiction debut, Like Vanessa. During an appearance on Good Morning America, she featured a Thanksgiving version of Freedom Soup, which she first learned to make from her husband’s ti gran. Tami Charles lives in New Jersey.

About the illustrator

Jacqueline Alcántara, the illustrator of The Field by Baptiste Paul, was selected for the inaugural We Need Diverse Books Mentorship program. She lives in Chicago.

ISBN: 9780763689773
Imprint: Candlewick
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: December 1, 2019
Dimensions: 229 x 269mm, 32pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $24.99
New Zealand RRP: $27.99
Stock Level: In Stock

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