Freedom Soup

Freedom Soup Book Details

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 Alcantara'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.

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Title:Freedom Soup
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    Freedom Soup Reviews

  • Jon Nakapalau

    The story of the Haitian Revolution is remembered and celebrated with Freedom Soup - recipe in the back of the book!...

  • Alex  Baugh

    It's a cold, snowy day outside, but inside Ti Gran's kitchen, it is warm and busy. As the beats of traditional Haitian kompa music and dancing fills the kitchen, so does the aroma of traditional Haiti...

  • Lynn

    Gorgeous! Exuberant story of a family tradition and Haitian history and even includes a recipe! This one makes readers want to dance and cook....

  • Robin

    The best picture books take big ideas and make them fit between their pages, this one does that marvelously. Dynamic, colorful illustrations and a cozy family story frame the history of Haiti with sla...

  • Julia

    Read, cook, dance, eat, dance more! This is definitely not bedtime reading!...

  • Amanda Geske

    "Together, we mash the garlicky herbs to the kompa beat." This one is a rare perfect balance of gorgeous illustrations and a rolling story that makes you feel lucky to be in the kitchen with Belle and...

  • Christie Angleton

    Joyful...

  • Anthony

    This story shares the history and family traditions behind the celebration of Haitian Independence Day and the making and eating of Freedom Soup also known as Soup Joumou by Haitians all over the worl...

  • Donna Merritt

    Gorgeous illustrations by Jacqueline Alcantara and poetic text by Tami Charles tell the story of the slave rebellion in Haiti and the annual New Year's Day celebration with freedom soup. Bonus: There ...

  • Amy

    I loved everything about this bright, vibrant, hopeful, beautiful book! A grandmother is sharing a beloved family recipe celebrating the Haitian New Year and while they cook together, they dance and c...