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Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Weatherford, Carole Boston, Lagarrigue, Jerome (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 0142408948     ISBN-13: 9780142408940
Publisher: Puffin
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: December 2007
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Annotation: After four courageous black teens sat down at a lunch counter in the segregated South of 1960, the reverberations were felt both far beyond and close to home. This insightful story offers a child's-eye view of this seminal event in the American Civil Rights Movement. Full color.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
African Americans; Fiction.
Civil rights demonstrations; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Historical | United States
- Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | United States
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Prejudice & Racism
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2007029946
Lexile Measure: 660
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 3-4, Age 8-9
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 10.00" H x 9.00" W x 0.25" (0.30 lbs) 32 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 85292
Reading Level: 3.5   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q37260
Reading Level: 3.2   Interest Level: Grades 3-5   Point Value: 2.0
 
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Publisher Description:
There were signs all throughout town telling eight-year-old Connie where she could and could not go. But when Connie sees four young men take a stand for equal rights at a Woolworths lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, she realizes that things may soon change. This event sparks a movement throughout her town and region. And while Connie is too young to march or give a speech, she helps her brother and sister make signs for the cause. Changes are coming to Connies town, but Connie just wants to sit at the lunch counter and eat a banana split like everyone else.

Contributor Bio(s): Carole Boston Weatherford lives in High Point, North Carolina.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2005 Fall)
This account of the 1960 sit-ins at the segregated Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, is told from the perspective of eight-year-old observer Connie. The text--full of detail and lively dialogue--moves along smartly and holds true to Connie's experience without sacrificing content or veracity. Somber, impressionistic oils lend the story dignity and weight. Copyright 2005 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2005 #1)
Two new picture books set in the civil rights-, protest-era South: one is romanticized idealism, the other child's-eye-view realism. Johnson's A Sweet Smell of Roses is a poetic evocation of a 1960s freedom march. The young black narrator and her little sister dash out of the house one morning and join a march led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Throughout the day -- listening to speeches, marching, enduring harassment from onlookers -- they smell roses. Then, singing freedom songs, the two skip home. The pervasive smell of roses is an effective metaphor for the scent of freedom in the air, and Johnson's poetic text is powerful. But in attempting to reflect a universal experience, the story becomes too generic, and the girls' blithely unchaperoned participation undercuts the tension and danger of the actual events. Velasquez's red-accented pencil illustrations capture the sweep and emotion of the march, although the girls' central role (they march in the front row with Dr. King) feels artificial. Much more successful is Weatherford's Freedom on the Menu, an account of the 1960 sit-ins at the segregated Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, from the perspective of eight-year-old Connie. The text -- full of detail and lively dialogue -- moves along smartly, taking readers from the first protests to the eventual integration of the lunch counter. Connie, unlike her older siblings, is mostly an observer, but the author manages to hold true to her experience without sacrificing content or veracity. Humor occasionally lightens the mood, as when, after Brother has announced that he's joining the sit-ins, and Sister that she intends to picket downtown, Connie says, "I want to go, too.... I'm plenty big enough to hold a sign, and I know I can sit." Readers will cheer when Connie, so long denied a banana split at the lunch counter, is finally served one with "an extra cherry on a mound of whipped cream." Lagarrigue's somber, impressionistic oils lend the story dignity and weight. [Review covers these titles: A Sweet Smell of Roses and Freedom on the Menu.] Copyright 2005 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2005 January #1)
Weatherford (Remember the Bridge) offers a fresh and affecting interpretation of a pivotal event in the civil rights movement. In 1960, four young black men sat down at a segregated Greensboro, N.C., Woolworth lunch counter and asked to be served, sparking a seven-month long protest in that city and inspiring sit-ins throughout the South. As a prelude, narrator Connie explains that she and her mother would often stop for a snack at the five-and-dime store, standing up as they sipped their sodas "because we weren't allowed to sit at the lunch counter." To bring the event home, Weatherford casts friends of Connie's older brother as the famous Greensboro Four, and later Connie's brother and sister also get involved in the protest. The author uses the wise voices of the girl's parents to address age-appropriate questions (e.g., when Connie says she would be too hungry to wait for hours at the lunch counter, as those four did, her father gently explains, "They didn't really want food.... They wanted to be allowed to get it, same as if they were white. To be treated fairly"). Lagarrigue's (My Man Blue) impressionistic paintings in what appear to be layers of oil paints, capture the story's considerable emotion: the protestors' determination, their opposers' disdain, and Connie's concern and ultimate joy as she, in the finale, digs into a banana split at the Woolworth lunch counter. Together, author and artist translate a complex issue into terms youngest readers can understand, in a resonant meshing of fact and fiction. Ages 5-up. (Jan.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2005 April)
K-Gr 4-Connie likes to shop downtown with her mother. When they feel tired and hot, they stop in at Woolworth's for a cool drink, but stand as they sip their sodas since African Americans aren't allowed to sit at the lunch counter. Weatherford tells the story from the girl's point of view and clearly captures a child's perspective. Connie wants to sit down and have a banana split, but she can't, and she grumbles that, "All over town, signs told Mama and me where we could and couldn't go." When her father says that Dr. King is coming to town, she asks, "Who's sick?" She watches as her brother and sister join the NAACP and participate in the Greensboro, NC, lunch counter sit-ins. Eventually, Connie and her siblings get to sit down at the counter and have that banana split. Lagarrigue's impressionistic paintings convey a sense of history as they depict the pervasive signs of a Jim Crow society. An author's note about the 1960 Greensboro sit-ins concludes the book, pointing out the role young African Americans played in the struggle for civil rights. This book will pair well with Angela Johnson's A Sweet Smell of Roses (S & S, 2005).-Mary N. Oluonye, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
 
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