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Freedom in Congo Square
Freedom in Congo Square | Carole Boston Weatherford
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This poetic, nonfiction story about a little-known piece of African American history captures a human s capacity to find hope and joy in difficult circumstances and demonstrates how New Orleans' Congo Square was truly freedom s heart. "Mondays, there were hogs to slop, mules to train, and logs to chop. Slavery was no ways fair. Six more days to Congo Square." As slaves relentlessly toiled in an unjust system in 19th century Louisiana, they all counted down the days until Sunday, when at least for half a day they were briefly able to congregate in Congo Square in New Orleans. Here they were free to set up an open market, sing, dance, and play music. They were free to forget their cares, their struggles, and their oppression. This story chronicles slaves' duties each day, from chopping logs on Mondays to baking bread on Wednesdays to plucking hens on Saturday, and builds to the freedom of Sundays and the special experience of an afternoon spent in Congo Square. This book will have a forward from Freddi Williams Evans (freddievans.com), a historian and Congo Square expert, as well as a glossary of terms with pronunciations and definitions."
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taylorscalfaro
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This book won an award for its stunning illustrations, making it a Caldecott Honor Book. These illustrations were striking and really enhanced the text. It is a great book to teach a tough topic and teach about finding joy in the hardest of situations.

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taylorscalfaro
Freedom in Congo Square | Carole Boston Weatherford

I would use this in my future classroom because it is a great book to use to teach something that is not always easy to teach. Also, it is easy for children to follow along with the rhyming text and amazing images.

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taylorscalfaro
Freedom in Congo Square | Carole Boston Weatherford

“Congo square was freedoms heart.“

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agreco1925
Freedom in Congo Square | Carole Boston Weatherford

“Congo square was freedoms heart“

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agreco1925
Freedom in Congo Square | Carole Boston Weatherford

I would use this in my classroom when teaching about American history or a fun rhyming book.

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agreco1925
Freedom in Congo Square | Carole Boston Weatherford
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This award winner has amazing illustrations and has an original technique that will keep the readers engaged. This book has a powerful message that will touch the hearts of the class.

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Niaaelizz
Freedom in Congo Square | Carole Boston Weatherford

“It was a market and gathering ground where African music could resound.”

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Niaaelizz
Freedom in Congo Square | Carole Boston Weatherford

I really enjoyed this book as it can help you get children understand how difficult life was for slaves. I would definitely use in my classroom.

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Niaaelizz
Freedom in Congo Square | Carole Boston Weatherford
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This non-fiction book gives insight to what Congo square was and what it meant to slaves back in history. The book tells of how were treated, what their weeks consisted of and the things they were forced to do. The authors use of rhyming and repetition help pull the story together.

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mollywimmers1
Freedom in Congo Square | Carole Boston Weatherford

“Congo square was freedoms heart“

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mollywimmers1
Freedom in Congo Square | Carole Boston Weatherford
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my favorite thing about the book was that it was also a poem and had lots of rhyming and repetition.. the layout of the book in general was so great, I love the illustrations and the unique designs of the pages

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mollywimmers1
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love, love, love. the book was written in a way that children could easily read and understand it. this topic can be hard to talk about but I think this book would be a great resource

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thejessashmore
Freedom in Congo Square | Carole Boston Weatherford
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This book, a Caldecott Honor Book, is about a normal week schedule for slaves and the jobs they had to do. On Sundays though, they were able to be free for half of the day in Congo Square with food, music, and African culture.

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thejessashmore
Freedom in Congo Square | Carole Boston Weatherford

I would use this book when talking about slavery, or even as a fun, rhyming, book to read. This book is a way to positively show parts of African culture.

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thejessashmore
Freedom in Congo Square | Carole Boston Weatherford

This piece of earth was a world apart. Congo Square was freedom's heart.

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Allierd22
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“They rejoiced as if they had no cares; half day, half free in Congo Square”

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Allierd22
Freedom in Congo Square | Carole Boston Weatherford

I would love to have this book in my classroom because it is a great way to introduce a history lesson about the truth regarding slavery in our country‘s past

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Allierd22
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Published in 2016- this story is based on a real place and real events of Congo Square where the slaves would rejoice in their day of freedom. It is a book about the hardships of life back when slavery was allowed to happen. It is a book about celebration of the little things as well. Even though these people have life so rough, they manage to smile and rejoice together

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hmarkins
Freedom in Congo Square | Carole Boston Weatherford

“It was a market and a gathering ground, where African music could resound.“

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hmarkins
Freedom in Congo Square | Carole Boston Weatherford

the illustrations are colored so that they match the mood of what the words are saying

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hmarkins
Freedom in Congo Square | Carole Boston Weatherford
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I like this book for a couple reasons. One, it rhymes which can help keep the students' attention. Two, the illustrations are great.

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Kaylasarka
Freedom in Congo Square | Carole Boston Weatherford

“This piece of earth was a world apart. Congo Square was freedom's heart.“

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Kaylasarka
Freedom in Congo Square | Carole Boston Weatherford

My favorite part about this book were the illustrations and the beautiful bright colors that were used.

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Kaylasarka
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Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford published in 2016 was amazing! it was about slaves working through the week days counting down the days until Sunday. Because Sunday's were when slaves had the afternoon off and were allowed to go to New Orleans Congo Square. It is sad yet cute how excited they were to get one day off from being slaves. But rather said because they get excited over such a little thing. But to them it is huge!

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Abby_Karagory
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“The piece of earth was a world apart. Convo square was freedoms heart.”

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carlypabin
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Abby_Karagory
Freedom in Congo Square | Carole Boston Weatherford
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Such powerful imagery of rest surely not takes for granted.

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carlypabin
Freedom in Congo Square | Carole Boston Weatherford

A great, poetic story that tackles slavery and discrimination. Using great imagery and a rhyming it is easy and fun to read while portraying a lovely message

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Abby_Karagory
Freedom in Congo Square | Carole Boston Weatherford
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Published in 2016, a great representation of culture, history, rhythm, and imagery in poetry. The book is perfect for any age discussing history topics like slavery, and the feeling of being free when there is an evening break.

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carlypabin
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Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford (poetry, published 2016) was a rhythmic book that told an amazing story. The images and the message are very impactful, it tackles slavery while using images thag are emotion provoking.

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mack2799
Freedom in Congo Square | Carole Boston Weatherford


Mondays, there were hogs to slop,

mules to train, and logs to chop.

Slavery was no ways fair.

Six more days to Congo Square.

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mack2799
Freedom in Congo Square | Carole Boston Weatherford
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this poem in poetry tells a story and evokes emotion like anticipation and sadness with the freedom these people don‘t deserve. It contains good rhyming throughout the whole book and even contains different shapes of words to get more feelings of emotion!

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cparsley
Freedom in Congo Square | Carole Boston Weatherford

“four days until congo square” I thought this was a good quote because it shows the repitition being used

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cparsley
Freedom in Congo Square | Carole Boston Weatherford

This would be a good example of poetry because it uses a lot of the poetry aspects. I would use this in the class when teaching poetry early on

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mack2799
Freedom in Congo Square | Carole Boston Weatherford

I think this book was really cute and enjoyable for kids to read. I thought it would be a good introductory story book with rhythm to get them thinking about how someone can be so excited about something they enjoy. It also gives good history!

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cparsley
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This is a poetry book. This book used repetion and rhythm when talking about how many days until the congo