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Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins

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When 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. Connie is used to the signs and customs that have let her drink only from certain water fountains and which ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published December 29th 2004 by Dial Books
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This story is based on the sit-ins at Woolworths in Greensboro, North Carolina. It follows a young African-American girl named Connie who is shopping downtown with her mother. She notices the segregation between blacks and whites in her town. There are different water fountains, bathrooms, and an only whites lunch counter. "All over town, signs told Mama and me where we could and couldn't go." She wishes she could sit and enjoy eating a banana split at the counter. Her brother and sister partici ...more
Based on the famous 1960 Greensboro Sit-In at Woolworth's in Greensboro, North Carolina, Freedom on the Menu authored by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Jerome Lagarrigue is a personal, kid-friendly depiction of a key event in the Civil Rights Movement through a picture book. This simple story is told from the point of view of 8-year-old Connie who is confronted with the harsh reality of segregation when she sees a white girl sitting at the lunch counter at Woolworth's enjoying a ba ...more
This is the story of the Greensboro, North Carolina sit-ins, a peaceful protest of the lack of equal rights for African Americans in the US in the 1960s. The protagonist is a young girl, and seems to be between 8-10 years old. The story starts with Connie and her mother at a local store snack counter where they are not allowed to sit down with the white patrons. Connie and her family go to hear Dr. King speak at their church, and her brother and sister join the NAACP. They eventually get involve ...more
"Freedom on the Menu: the Greensboro Sit-Ins" is a great read aloud for children who are just beginning to learn about the Civil Rights Movement. The story is told from the perspective of a young black girl named Connie. Connie and her mother like to go shopping in downtown Greensboro each week, but are not allowed to enjoy the same priveledges as the white people they encounter. The story helps children to learn who Dr. Martin Luther King is and gives insight into what the NAACP does. Read to f ...more
Chase Vombaur
This story is based on the sit ins at Woolworth's in Greensboro, North Carolina. The story is based around a young African American girl named Connie who notices that black and whites can't sit together. She notices that they eat at different restaurants, drink out of different water fountains and play at different parks. Everywhere they went there was a sign telling them what they could and couldn't do. Connie wishes she could eat at the counter and enjoy her banana but can't. Her family begins ...more
David Choquette
Many of the stories that pass for historical fiction in children’s literature are actually fictionalized history. Pilgrims and Indians, Johnny Appleseed, and George Washington’s encounter with the cherry tree come to mind. Students read or hear accounts that they assume are historical, but which are actually merely populist folk-history. There’s nothing wrong with folk-history, but a good work of historical fiction should not gloss over history, but illuminate it. Freedom on the Menu: The Greens ...more
Holly Sandefer
"Whites only" signs are posted all through the town of Greensboro, NC. Eight year old Connie desperately wants to sit at the lunch counter to eat her ice cream, but she can't due to the color of her skin. One day Connie notices four college students take a stand and make a statement for equal rights. Four black college students sat at the lunch counter at Woolworths and asked to be served. When denied service, the boys performed a sit in at the lunch counter. Connie watches her brother and siste ...more
Amber Haynes
Connie is a young girl growing up in Greensboro, North Carolina during the civil rights movement. She learns first hand about the unfair, black and white, world she's growing up in. While out with her mother, she witnessed the first step of the sit-in at Woolworth's first hand. Her confusion turned into interest after her brother and sister took active roles in the protests. The south began to make changes before her eyes.

I enjoyed reading this book. I haven't read many books about this time per
Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins
By Carole Boston Weatherford
**Historical Fiction Picture Book
Pages- 32
Copyright- 2007

I really enjoyed reading this book. The book was told through the eyes of a young girl living during the time of segregation. She talked about the struggles she and her family faced because of the color of their skin. The book would be great for children in 2nd-5th grade because Connie, the main character, faces injustices like not being able to sit at the lunch counter
Freedom on the Menu tells the story of the Greensboro Sit-Ins from a Connie, a young african american girl who wants to order a banana split at the lunch counter. The book describes how Connie, her siblings, family and community experience the fight for civil rights as it effects their community At one point, Martin Luther King Junior comes to their local church inspiring members of Connie's community to jump into action. Carole Boston Weatherford does a phenomenal job of telling a national stor ...more

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Grade Level or Age: 1st-3rd

Civil Rights Movement

Connie, an eight year old African American girl loves to go to shopping with her mom every week! She always looks forward to having a coke at a local restraunt but sometimes, she wishes she could have a banana split like the little girl sitting at the counter. At the time, she did not realize why she and her mom always stand while having their coke or never use the same facilities as the white people
Grade/Interest Level:Upper Elementary
Lexile Level: 660 L
Genre: Historical Fiction
Main Characters: Connie
Setting:Greensboro, North Carolina
POV: Connie
This story is told through the eyes of eight year old Connie who lives in Greensboro, North Carolina in the 1960’s. She describes how she isn’t able to sit at the counter at the diner because she was African Americans and that everyone obeyed the rules. When Dr, King visits and tells the people about peace and equality, people begin to stand up or
Erin Ramai
Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-ins is appropriate for children in grades 1-4. It could also serve as an anchor text for older readers. The illustrator, Jerome Lagarrigue, is a recipient of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award for his work in Freedom Summer

This text explains the Greensboro Sit-ins in a way that is accessible to children. The story is told from the perspective of a young girl named Connie. The opening scene of the book shows Connie and her mother standing
Marika Gillis
This story is told by a little African American girl, Connie, who is a witness to the Greensboro sit-ins. Weatherford writes about the movement through the eyes of a little one who realizes that she is not too young to challenge segregation and help fight for what she knows is right. I got goose bumps... To see more of my review go to Get Your Book On
The civil rights movement was pivotal in our history, this should not have to be stated. However, most students learn about it only in passing, as the history curriculum in schools still tends to end just after WWII. Even treating this through picture books is better than that.

This book, featuring a young girl whose socially active brother and sister participated in the sit-ins, signed people up to vote, and got arrested for their troubles, takes a good look at the Greensboro sit-ins. I like how
Kylie Hodgson
This book is about the sit ins that took place during the civil rights movement. I really enjoyed this book and I paired it with two other books about the civil rights movement and all three books really gave a complete history of the movement itself. This books illustrations are a little dark and at times I am questioning the image but they fit with the book perfectly and I think that other images would take away from the book itself.
Ashley Storms
This book invites readers to view the Greensboro Sit-Ins through the eyes of a young child, making the history of the book easier to understand for young readers. I would use this with a historical unit about Martin Luther King Jr. or about segregation. This book would be appropriate for second to fifth graders, but also, in secondary classrooms because it allows students to see what was happening.
All young Connie wants to do is sit at the counter at the diner and enjoy a banana split. But African Americans aren't allowed to sit at the counter. It is 1960 and Greensboro, North Carolina is on the verge of change. After Dr. King visits, preaching to people about peace and equality, Connie's siblings join the NAACP. She wants to go to the protests, but stays home because she is young and watches on TV. Her brother is part of the sit-ins at the lunch counter. And, at the end of the story, the ...more
Grade/interest level: Primary
Reading level: AD660L
Genre: historical fiction
Main Characters: Connie
Setting: Greensboro, North Carolina, 60s
POV: first person

Set in Greenboro, North Carolina, at the center of the Greensboro sit-ins, fictional Connie and her mother experience the wave of college students who sit-in at Woolworth's Diner to protest segregation. As her older sister is arrested for participating, Connie and her family begin to realize the sacrifice that is ultimately necessary to sup
Grades 2-8
This fictionalized story depicts the events surrounding the Greensboro Sit-Ins in a way that is particularly well-suited for children of a wide age range. Through the main character's eyes, many questions are answered. Although Connie is too young to directly participate in the protests, she helps make signs. It is effective to answer contemporary children’s' questions through the questions that she asks the adults around her. Also commendable is the recognition that some white people
Erica Mayberry
I think this is a great way for young children to be introduced to discrimination. They will see that this was wrong and that will bring into question the ways of the land for such a long time. It will spark great discussion for the children who read it.
Amanda Hicks
This is told from an 8 year old girls perspective. Things are changing in her town when blacks come together and Stand up by sitting down for equal rights. This is a great book to show children how life was for blacks during the civil rights movement
Linda Lipko
Eight year old Connie loves to spend time with her mother on Saturdays when they shop and then go to Woolworths for a coke. Standing in the back of the counter, they drink their soda and go home.

Connie wonders why only white people are allowed to sit. When Connie observes four young black men take a stand by sitting at the counter in Greensboro, North Caroline, she notes changes is occurrng.

Soon her brother and sister become involved in non violent protests, and they explain that sit ins are ha
This historical fiction picture book tells the story of segregation and the fight to end it through the eyes of an eight year old. Students would do well reading this book because they would be able to relate to the main character, who is a young girl.
February, 1960: Four African-American young men college students asked to be served at the lunch counter at Woolworths in Greensboro, NC. They were breaking the social codes that constrained African Americans for too long. The narrator of this book is a young African American girl who tries to make sense of the fact that change is indeed coming.

Lovely illustrations and a good recounting of the event that began sit-ins in the South and all over.

Bonus: I went to college in Greensboro and had a h
A little girl growing up under segregation with a family willing to start change, Connie sees the Civil Rights movement come to her town in the form of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, the Greensboro Four, even her elderly aunt who disregards separate drinking fountains because, “I’m too old for silly rules.” Sometimes stories inspire and depress the read all at once. The generations-long tradition of prejudice is tragic but the bravery of those who were willing to risk everything is beyond inspirati ...more
Debra Landay
The author does an excellent job of setting the stage for the sit ins-- what happened before and what happened following the sit ins, and is age appropriate for 3rd grade and above. The illustrations are beautiful and compliment the text. At the end of the book, she provides more background information including original statements from the men who started the sit in. The book also highlights the fact that the first blacks to sit at the counter and be served were the black women who had worked i ...more
First of all, I loved the illustrations in this picture book, by Jerome Lagarrigue. The story is well-written as well! Eight year old Connie is too young to participate in the sit-ins and protest marches that her older brothers and sisters participate in, but she understands the injustice of not being able to sit at the Woolworth's lunch counter to eat an ice cream sundae when she's shopping with her mom. The book presents a powerful movement seen through a child's point of view. In the Author's ...more
Feb 16, 2009 Laura rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: elementary teachers
Shelves: civil-rights, k-4, k-6
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. 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 ...more
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Carole Boston Weatherford is a children's book author and poet who "mines the past for family stories, fading traditions, and forgotten struggles." A number of Weatherford's books tell the stories of African-American historical figures such as Harriet Tubman, Jesse Owens, and Billie Holiday. Other books recount historical events such as the Greensboro Sit-ins and the bombing of the Sixteenth Stree ...more
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