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Freedom on the Menu by Carole Boston Weatherford
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Apr 06, 10

bookshelves: historical-fiction

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Grade Level or Age: 1st-3rd

Themes:
Civil Rights Movement

Summary:
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. One day, on their weekly shopping trip, Connie saw four of her brother's friends sitting at the snack counter. She watched as these boys were asked to leave but remained seated. The weeks following this historical day, Connie begins to understand why she and her family are treated differently and she wants to help.

Personal Response:
I think that this book is very well written. While the language and writing style is geared toward a younger audience, all of the information seemed to be unbiased and accurate. Because this story is written from the point of view of a young girl, most elementary aged students will be able to relate to this story and understand the message that is being shared here.

Classroom Use:
Freedom on the Menu is referenced from documents that were written from the time of the civil rights movement. This book in particular has a very nice "Author's Note" after the story. It tells all about the events that took place surrounding the setting of Freedom in the Menu. After reading this book, I like to encourage my students to write a news paper article in which they tell about the events that took place.
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