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Addy's Surprise: A Christmas Story (An American Girl: Addy #3)

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The books in this collection tell the stories of five American girls who lived long ago:
Paperback, 88 pages
Published September 1st 1993 by American Girl Publishing Inc
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Campbell
Mar 09, 2011 Campbell rated it really liked it
This book is about a little girl named Addy. It's Christmas time and it is her first Christmas with Momma, her mother, in freedom from slavery. She's very very excited and in the last chapter she finds her Poppa, her Daddy. He had been taken away in the first book with her brother Sam. The men had been separated and they didn't know where Sam was. She saw her Poppa in church on Christmas.
Nancy
Apr 28, 2015 Nancy rated it really liked it
Addy Walker, who along with her mother, escaped slavery during the Civil War and now lives in Philadelphia. They work at Mrs. Ford’s dress shop; Addy’s mother is a seamstress while Addy makes deliveries to Mrs. Ford’s clients. When Addy spots a beautiful red scarf in a second-hand shop, she hopes to save up the 20 cents it would cost to buy it for her mother for Christmas. When she finally saves up that money, however, she’s faced with another dilemma: should she spend that money on the scarf, o ...more
Vicki
Jul 26, 2008 Vicki rated it it was amazing
I read the book aloud to my 5 year old daughter. We liked how she gave her money to help bring more slaves to freedom. It was a sacrifice as now she wouldn't be able to buy her mom a Christmas present. We loved how God rewarded her for being faithful to his prompting.
Rosa Cline
Oct 13, 2015 Rosa Cline rated it really liked it
This was a very precious story that took place right after the slaves were freed. It explains from one little girls view point of how families at that time had to survive. She and her Momma had to run away from the owners that had them, leaving behind a little sister. Her Dad and older brother had already been sold and separated from them. But Addy and her Momma had Faith to survive and Faith that their family would one day be back together. Here it is Christmas and they (like most families whit ...more
Rosa Cline
Oct 13, 2015 Rosa Cline rated it really liked it
This was a very precious story that took place right after the slaves were freed. It explains from one little girls view point of how families at that time had to survive. She and her Momma had to run away from the owners that had them, leaving behind a little sister. Her Dad and older brother had already been sold and separated from them. But Addy and her Momma had Faith to survive and Faith that their family would one day be back together. Here it is Christmas and they (like most families whit ...more
Miri
Aug 03, 2014 Miri rated it it was amazing
It's Christmastime! The First Christmas Addy and Mama will celebrate in Freedom, and this is wonderful, but they will celebrate alone this year, papa and Sam were sold and Esther is still at the plantation where they were slaves. Addy and Mama give the money they have been saving for a lamp to the Freedmen fund to help other recently escaped and freed slaves. Addy really wants to use some of the money she has earned to buy mama a special present, a beautiful scarf, but she ends up donating her m ...more
Ciara
Dec 10, 2011 Ciara rated it it was ok
in my opinion, this book was a bit of a snore. addy is excited about the chistmas festivites at the church she & her mother are attending. they are also saving up to buy themselves a lamp. they are lighting their garret with candles & it's tough for addy to get enough light to do homework & for mrs. walker to get enough light to do the piece work on her sewing for mrs. ford's shop. at one point, mrs. walker says something about how a lamp costs a little more than $2, so they still ha ...more
Gale
Aug 17, 2013 Gale rated it it was ok
DISCOVERING THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT

Ten-year-old Addy is the African-American protagonist of this American Girl series, living with her mother in 1864 Philadelphia--a city whose Quakers were known to actively help escaped slaves, like Addy and her mother, reach safety via the Underground Railroad. As a result of their escape from a slave owner Addy's family has been separated, which increases their personal heartache as they struggle to make ends meet in a strange, northern city. Addy and her frien
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Karisa
Jun 23, 2015 Karisa rated it it was amazing
I read this book when I was a kid and reread it again this week. I purchased the book at a used book sale at my local library. I'm so glad to have these books again and hope my kids will enjoy them like I did!
Rahmadiyanti
Dec 08, 2009 Rahmadiyanti rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Buku ketiga tentang Addy, gadis cilik Amerika pada era Perang Sipil tahun 1800-an, tepatnya 1864. Setelah terbebas dari perbudakan, Addy bersama momma memulai hidup sebagai free person di Philadelphia. Menjelang Natal, Addy ingin memberi kejutan pada momma. Sehelai scarf cantik yang ia lihat di toko barang bekas Mr. Delmonte. Addy pun mengumpulkan uang dari tip yang ia dapat sebagai pengantar baju jahitan sang momma ke pelanggan. Suatu hari Addy mendengar kabar akan datang rombongan budak yang b ...more
Tiff
Feb 20, 2014 Tiff rated it really liked it
Loved these books as a little girl. One of my favorite American girls.
Rebekah
Oct 05, 2015 Rebekah rated it really liked it
this book is the story of Addy’s first Christmas as a free girl. It’s a bitter sweet time. Addy and Mama are in Philadelphia and are free but they don’t know where Papa and Sam are, and Esther is still on the plantation. Because the family is separated both Mama and Addy feel that they need to use the money they were saving for a lamp to give to a Freedom Fund, to help bring more slaves into Freedom. Addy also donates the money she had been saving to buy her mother a Christmas present.
Their sac
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Cathy Cramer
I'm reading these after my 5th grader.

Christmas. Poverty. Compassion. Hard choices.
Aspen Cooper
Jun 10, 2015 Aspen Cooper rated it really liked it
Kids need a way to relate to history and this book does just that. It allows kids to understand what it was like during the Civil War for a runaway slave and her family. It's a very easy read for kids and a great way to get them to enjoy history.
Kimberly OutspokenMom
Apr 02, 2015 Kimberly OutspokenMom rated it it was amazing
Missing Poppa, her brother Sam and the baby, Addy undertakes to provide her mother with a Christmas gift by earning the money herself. But when she discovers the desperate situation of newly freed slaves in Philadelphia, she faces a moral challenged of how best to use her money. There are gifts which can be opened around the Christmas tree or at a birthday table, but Addy learns that there are other, non-tangible gifts which can hearten the receiver, as well as the cheerful giver
Mary Bronson
Dec 30, 2013 Mary Bronson rated it it was amazing
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Shannon
A very happy book in the end, lending it's power to the amazing series.
Jennifer
This book also teaches a valuable lesson for all to learn. By helping in even the most littlest way people will benefit and appreciate your kindness. Even if it is just a smile or it is contributing time or money. People will look on you and appreciate the time you have given them. Addy looked past just her mom and herself and by doing so got a bigger reward then she had ever dreamed of.
Bubbles
Apr 17, 2008 Bubbles rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people who like to read about slavery
Recommended to Bubbles by: nobody
this book is about a young girl and her mother living in a state that does not have slavery and she goes to with black and white kids this is a christmas and at the end of the book her father comes and they live together as a family but her brother and sister are not there yeat.
Lindsey
Feb 26, 2013 Lindsey rated it it was amazing
Another solid book in the series. Yet again, my students kept asking for more and didn't want it to end. They especially loved the big surprise at the end and couldn't wait to start the next book in the series.
Lanie Sanders
A sweet little book about Christmas time. I love addy & the illustrations are lovely. The story captures a good sense of giving. I'd love reading this to a little kid. Good for America. Girls fan.
Relyn
Jan 26, 2012 Relyn rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: teachers, parents, kids
Recommended to Relyn by: my class loves the Addy books
As with the previous two, my students loved Addy's adventures and voted to read the next. Connie Rose Porter leaves just enough of the family's back-story untold to keep kids reading and guessing.
Robyn
Jul 26, 2012 Robyn rated it it was ok
I barely remember this story, since I read it during middle school. It was the last of the Addy books that I remember reading.
Shauna
Nov 22, 2008 Shauna added it
I read this a long, long, time ago. When Katie was little. I loved all the American Girl Books.
Steph
Jan 19, 2009 Steph rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who loved The American Girls Collection
Recommended to Steph by: my aunt
A childhood favorite; very interesting, but now it's not quite as good as when I was little.
Katie
Feb 21, 2014 Katie rated it really liked it
Addy was always my favorite for her love of books and reading.
Emma
Dec 21, 2010 Emma rated it really liked it
Good Christmas story. It was so short I read it in one night.
Marya
Jun 14, 2013 Marya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-series
A little schmaltzy, but then, it is a Christmas story after all!
Nevada Libert
Nov 08, 2013 Nevada Libert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
great story. i like how addy cept hopping and did not give up.
Ysa
Jul 11, 2009 Ysa rated it really liked it
I liked it because she found her family Christmas time.
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Connie Rose Porter is an African-American author best known for her books for children and young adults. She was the third youngest of nine children of a family living in a housing project.
She has since taught English and creative writing at Milton Academy, Emerson College, and Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She was a fellow at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and was a regional winner
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An American Girl: Addy (6 books)
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