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Dinner At Aunt Connie's House by Faith Ringgold
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Jan 20, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: african-american

On a visit to Aunt Connie's house, Melody meets her newly adopted cousin Lonnie, who like her is African American but has red hair and green eyes. While playing hide and seek, Melody and Lonnie hear voices coming from the attic. Upon further inspection, they find that it is Aunt Connie's paintings that are speaking to them. There are twelve portraits of famous, courageous women such as Rosa Parks, Dorothy Dandridge, Bessie Smith, and Sorjourner Truth. Their stories are captivating and Melody and Lonnie dream of a future where they can be anything they want.

The paintings are brought to the dining room where the women step out of their portraits and join the family dinner. Rosa Parks tells the children that Aunt Connie has created the paintings to tell the history of their struggles. What a wonderful way to have a meaningful discussion at the dinner table. This is a great book to begin discussions about diversity and civil rights. Faith Ringgold "added this element of magic to commemorate the courage, vision, and creativity of women who have made great contributions to American history but have been largely unknown." Ringgold (1993)

Dinner at Aunt Connie's House began as a story quilt. Ringgold combines painting, quilted fabric, and storytelling. Her characters come from her life and the people she has known. She uses folk art and rich colors to bring her characters to life.
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January 20, 2011 – Started Reading
January 20, 2011 – Shelved
January 20, 2011 – Shelved as: african-american
January 20, 2011 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Leane (new)

Leane Sounds like a cool concept! Good for younger grades?

message 2: by Marija (new)

Marija Very cool idea. I love that the women come to life and talk about their roles in history. It sure gives students a unique perspective to consider.

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