All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom by Angela Johnson, illustrated by E. B. Lewis is a true marvel. The beautiful words and the amazing paintings bring forth a moving story of a new day.
The poetic text show feeling and heart as well as amazement, awe, and an almost hushed disbelief. The art is done in watercolors on Arches 300 cold press paper. The muted palette goes with the story; a regular day, until..... until. And even then the colors aren't splashy or exuberant. They are a quiet... thoughtful... an easing into what the truth of the day is...really is.
This title is one of the finest combination of words and art that I've seen in awhile. It brings the message that is almost 150 years old feel like it could have happened just a couple of weeks ago. I'll use this book every chance I can.