Published by Candlewick
Summary: The girl telling the story is excited that her grandmother has invited her to help make the soup for New Year’s Day. The name of the soup is Freedom Soup, and making it inspires Ti Gran to tell the story of Haiti, and how the slave revolt there led to freedom for their ancestors. The story has been passed down from Ti Gran’s mother and grandmother, and both the girl and Ti Gran like the idea that she will someday pass it along to her own children and grandchildren. When the soup is done, it’s time to share it with the family, and everyone enjoys it to the last drop as they celebrate a new year. Includes an author’s note with additional information about Haiti and the author’s own grandmother and a recipe for Freedom Soup. 32 pages; ages 4-9.
Pros: A perfect way to celebrate New Year’s and effortlessly learn something about history and cooking in the process. The vibrant illustrations make the story come alive.
Cons: The recipe is billed as “kid-friendly”, but there’s a pretty long list of ingredients and will definitely require a good deal of adult help.