Christmas in the big house christmas in the quarters

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Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters by Patricia C. McKissack

Rich in historical detail and filled with luminous illustrations, this poignant book movingly describes the holiday celebrations of both slaves and slave owners on a pre-Civil War plantation.

The year is 1859, and its 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.
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Published 30.07.2019

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It is about the preparations and workings around the Christmas season on a slave plantation in s Virginia. Publishers Weekly , reviewing Christmas in the Big House , wrote "This is a book of significant dimension and importance, and could be read at any time of year. The authors also add riddles, rhymes, recipes and copious notes.
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Think of yourself as a time traveler, a visitor who has just gone back to a Virginia plantation in at Christmastime. The Big House is awash with light and color. Elegance and beauty dazzle your eyes at every turn. There's plenty of food and warm hospitality. But, the people seem uneasy. Listen to their conversations.

McKissack, and Frederic L. New York: Scholastic Inc. Authors Patricia and Frederick McKissack begin their narrative by describing the preparations for the Christmas season and the celebrations that follow. The Big House is full of light and color and elegance and beauty at every turn. In the slave quarters nearby, there is no such grandeur for the families who live in cramped one-room cabins with dirt floors.


  1. Unoceven says:

    On a Virginia plantation in , the slaves work hard to get the Big House ready for Christmas, and to prepare their own Quarters for the "Big Times" also.

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