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Juneteenth for Mazie
Juneteenth for Mazie
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Capstone Editions

Juneteenth for Mazie

by Floyd Cooper
Illustrated by Floyd Cooper

Mazie is ready to celebrate liberty. She is ready to celebrate freedom. She is ready to celebrate a great day in American history. The day her ancestors were no longer slaves. Mazie remembers the struggles and the triumph, as she gets ready to celebrate Juneteenth.

PublisherCapstone Young Readers
BrandCapstone Editions
Age Level6-9 Years
Reading LevelGrades 1-2
GenreRealistic Fiction
Trim Size8 1/2 x 11
Page Count40
Paper Over Board



Kirkus Reviews

"[Cooper's] full-page artwork—oil paintings in softly textured yellows and browns—captures the tender relationship between a father and daughter and the sadness and pride of their family story. Broad sweeps of history are encapsulated in double-page spreads focusing on determined, prayerful and happy faces. A quiet and informative picture of belated emancipation." - Kirkus Reviews

November 1, 2014

Foreward Magazine - Aimee Jodoin

"This sweet remembrance teaches about the day, known as Juneteenth, and celebrates freedom through the calm, assured tone and expressive faces of the characters. Somber shades of brown give the book a nostalgic, historical feel while remaining accessible and enjoyable for children today." - Foreward Magazine

March 1, 2015

Booklist - John Peters

"In his customary gauzy gold-and-brown illustrations, Cooper sandwiches historical images of figures picking cotton, fleeing “north to freedom,” and marching over a bridge, between contemporary scenes of Mazie snuggled up next to her dad, and dancing in a festive parade. . . .Other introductions to Juneteenth are more detailed, but this will give even young readers a glimmer of its significance." - Booklist

February 1, 2015


School Library Journal - Wendy Lukehart, District of Columbia Public Library

"Cooper’s signature oil wash and eraser technique elevates the presentation beyond the purely instructional. . . .Cooper depicts the Selma to Montgomery March, a schoolroom, a church, and the rear view of a historic inauguration, making this a useful title for a bird’s-eye perspective of the subject." - School Library Journal

January 1, 2015

BookTrib, "3 Spunky heroines to share with your daughter for Women’s History Mon - Michael Ruscoe

"My girl loved the book’s gorgeous pictures, and as she learned about the struggles and accomplishments of African Americans throughout our country’s history, we were able to talk about such notable trailblazers as Rosa Parks, Jackie Robinson and President Barak Obama. She even gave me a lesson about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whom she had just spent a month learning about in school. With the help of the book, this June, on the 150th anniversary of the first Juneteenth, Mazie and my little girl will be ready to celebrate together." - BookTrib, "3 Spunky heroines to share with your daughter for Women’s History Mon

March 11, 2015

Kid Lit Reviews - Sue Morris

"Being a children’s historical fiction and a diversity book makes Juneteenth for Mazie a picture book that deserves more than a quick glance. . . .Cooper’s technique does give the spreads the look and feel of a time long ago that has aged, but never lost its details, despite repeat readings. . . .[Cooper] keeps the story and history lesson interesting, thoughtful, and accessible to young children." - Kid Lit Reviews

April 25, 2015

Floyd Cooper

Floyd Cooper

Award-winning author and illustrator Floyd Cooper was the illustrator of over 90 childrens books. He received the Coretta Scott King Honor Award three times and the Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration in 2009 for The Blacker the Berry. From the Land of Milk and Honey was nominated for a 2013 NAACP IMAGE AWARD for literature, and These Hands was awarded the 2012 Sankei Award in Japan for outstanding illustration. Floyd traveled extensively, sharing his talents in schools and conferences across America. He lived in Easton, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Velma, and two sons, Dayton and Kai. Sadly, Floyd passed away in 2021.

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