Bibliographic Information:  Lyons, K. S. (2012).  Ellen’s broom. New York: G.P. Putman’s Sons.

Annotation: This book is about Ellen and her family going to the courthouse so her parents can be legally married. Her parents were slaves and the way they symbolized married before being free was by jumping the broom. So, Ellen has the important job of bringing her parents’ broom.

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: K-2nd grade

Readers who would like this: Readers who enjoy stories about historical events and family.

Rating and Response: I would rate this book 4/4. It was an extremely sweet story about love and family. It also was an important reminder of what little freedoms slaves did not have before the Civil War.

Text-Dependent Questions: What is special about the broom? What did it symbolize?