Melena’s Jubilee, The Story of a Fresh Start by Zetta Elliott and illustrated by Aaron Boyd, Tilbury House Publishers, 9780884484431, 2016
Rating: (1-5, 5 is a starred review) 5
Genre: Picture book
What did you like about the book? The author writes a note at the back of the book saying that as a black child, she grew up believing she was invisible and that it hurt just as much to realize that she was also invisible in the world of the imaginary. This is a beautifully written story about a day to forgive and to be forgiven. It’s a book about social conscientiousness and a book about hope. At the end of the book, after a page from the author, there is also a page of suggestions of how a child can make a fresh start every day.
Anything you didn’t like about it? I liked everything about the book
To Whom Would You Recommend this book? This would be great for children ages 3-8. It’s also a book of empowerment for all children, not only black children.
Who should buy this book? all libraries
Where would you shelve it ? Children’s Books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Sandra Pacheco, ESL teacher, Washington, D.C.
Date of review: Dec.9, 2016