Book: Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters

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Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters

Author: Patricia C. McKissack, Fredrick McKissack
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Publisher: Scholastic

The year is 1859, and it's Christmastime on a Virginia Plantation. The slaves are cleaning and setting up the Big House - where their masters live - for the festivities. The Big House is filled with warmth, colorful decorations, and yummy food... but there is talk of war and a sense that times may be changing. In the quarters - where the slaves live - conditions are poor, dirty, and cold, but the slaves are filled with hope for better times ahead, and they sing songs of freedom.

Moving deftly between two worlds, this beautifully illustrated book is a historical tale as well as a holiday treat.

Describes the customs, recipes, poems, and songs used to celebrate Christmas in the big plantation houses and in the slave quarters just before the Civil War.

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