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Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  802 ratings  ·  129 reviews
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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Mariah Roze
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a great story that explained what sit-ins were. This lead to an amazing discussions with my students about how African-American's were treated at restaurants. We talked about the privileges my students have today and how they are able to sit anywhere they want in a restaurant because of the strong people that fought peacefully with these sit-ins.
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
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Freedom on the Menu, by Carole Boston Weatherford, is a historical fiction children’s book that tells the story of the Greensboro Sit-Ins. The young narrator, Connie, provides the audience with her account of events surrounding the Civil Rights Movement and their impact on her life. Experiences related to segregation and the Civil Rights Movement are often told from adult perspectives and a child’s point of view adds refreshing diversity to the pool of literature surrounding the topic. By tellin ...more
Feb 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical-fic
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
Jan 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Breanna Newton
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Freedom on the Menu by Carole Boston Weatherford is a historical fiction book that tells the story from a time in history where 4 college students sat down at a counter in Greensboro, NC during a time of segregation. The author does a great job explaining what life was like during this time and used a young girl named Connie to narrate the book. Connie being so young added more of an innocence and would help a younger reader to understand what was happening back in this time of history as well a ...more
Stephanie Hughes
Mar 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Freedom on the Menu by Carole Boston Weatherford, a historical fiction book, tells about a young girl who is unable to sit down while drinking her Coke because of the color of her skin. The story goes on to tell about the sit-ins and protests that took place in Greensboro, NC during the 1960s. We learn about how the Civil Rights Movement affects a family and how the different members take part in protesting and fighting for equal rights.

I think Weatherford does an excellent job of making this s
Hope Chasteen
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is a historical fiction children’s book that tells the story of the Greensboro Sit-Ins. The book focuses on the events surrounding the Civil Rights Movement and their impact on African American's lives. This is told by Connie's, a child’s, point of view which I thought was interesting and different from the typical stories we hear. This point of view makes it more relate-able to it’s readers, therefore giving the readers more motivation to read.
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Nov 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Dec 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Amber Haynes
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical-fic
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
Feb 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical-fic
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
Christy Bennett
Sep 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
1. No awards
2. K-5
3. This book retells the story of the Greensboro sit-ins from the perspective of the narrator, a young girl named Connie. She watches as her neighbors and family members participate in the peaceful protest, with mention of the NAACP and hearing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous I have a dream speech.
4. The illustrations are very reminiscent of impressionist paintings. Retelling part of the story of the civil rights movement through a child's perspective gave a different, poig
Jan 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
"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
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I wasn't thrilled with the illustrations, but I loved the story. A young girl and her family witness the Greensboro sit-ins of 1960. I loved the ending, when her whole family goes to Woolworth's, sits at the counter, and orders lunch! I think this should have won a Coretta Scott King award. Highly recommended.
Aug 22, 2015 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book, but having read it on the same day as Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down, it paled in comparison.
Kristin Nelson
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
More straightforward than Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down. Both books are good and factual; this one is less artistic.
Feb 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A great kids book that has meaning for us all. I used to read this with my Clyde School kids every year.
Narcarsia Cannon
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a great short story, it had a very powerful message.
David Choquette
Feb 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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

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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
Kristina Wise
Freedom on the Menu is an extraordinary story that tells historical events during the Greensboro Sit-Ins in the South during the 1960’s. This remarkable story is told from the perspective from a little girl named Connie, a very fearless and audacious little girl. Connie and her mother were shopping downtown one day when Connie noticed major changes that were going on in her town. From not being able to sit at a counter, drinking from different water fountains, and signs to tell Connie and her mo ...more
May 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
I'm not partial to this type of artwork where everything just looks blurry and out of focus (like I forgot to put my glasses on before viewing), which is the main reason I didn't give this book a higher rating.

But the story itself, about the sit-ins and other civil disobedience begun at the Woolworth's lunch counter by four young men in Greensboro, North Carolina on February 1st, 1960, and told from the perspective of an 8-year-old black girl, was very moving and very informative. I wonder how
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
Anna Shepstead
Mar 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Freedom on the Menu is the fictional story of a young black girl watching history unfold before her eyes; she, along with every other black American, is forbidden from sitting at the counter of any restaurant, and so she watches on the television with her family as four brave black teenagers dare to defy the social norms set in place by sitting at the counter of a diner in Greensboro. These teens set off a spark that lit a flame inside other black teens across the country to challenge the law i ...more
Ariel Filion
Sep 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Freedom on the Menu follows Connie as she watches history unfold in front of her eyes. She sees that her family and friends who are black cannot drink, eat, or sit in the same facilities as white people. She always wants to go to this diner and cannot because the waitress will not serve her or her brothers and sisters. The book follows the sit-in's at Woolworth's in Greensboro North Carolina. The book follows Connie's family's dedication to the movement.

This is one of the best children's books
Brittany Martin
Feb 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Connie is a young girl growing up in the civil rights era. She doesn't understand why she can't eat banana splits at the counters like the other little girls. Her mom tries to explain, but it still seems unfair to young Connie. One night, Daddy talks about a Dr. King coming to their town. Connie asks who is sick, but Daddy said he wasn't a medical doctor. After Dr. King came to town, Connie's brother and sister joined a group called the NAACP. Her siblings as well as other students started sitti ...more
May 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
Beautifully told & illustrated; a superb story. Reviewed for my daughter's pre-k class; I very much recommend this.

When these events happened, I was in about 5th grade, and I remember hearing about them. Where I lived was a farm town in Central Illinois, about as non-diverse of a place as you could get, then. So I had not seen discrimination with my own eyes, and did not even know a single person who was not European American. Yet I still had a strong sense -- shared by just about the whole
Chase Vombaur
Sep 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
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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