Amy's Reviews > Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins

Freedom on the Menu by Carole Boston Weatherford
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Mar 04, 10

bookshelves: historical-fic
Read from February 28 to March 03, 2010

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 family celebrates their journey by dressing up and sitting down for a meal at the counter.

Simply told and poignant, this story tells the details of an important event through a young girls eyes. Young children will be able to relate to Connie's emotions and her desire to participate with her older siblings. This story is excellent for K-2 and could even be used for older readers.

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message 1: by Ch_beth (new)

Ch_beth Rice This part of history is so important and a the day to day struggles of ordinary people are stories that need to be told. Sounds like a great book to teach kids about the past.

message 2: by Ch_amyM (new)

Ch_amyM I am always looking for books to read aloud to my students about the struggles of African Americans during the Civil Rights movement. Often the are aware of people like Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks. This would be an excellent book for teaching them about some of the lesser known heroes of the movement.

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