Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins

Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins


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There were signs all throughout town telling eight-year-old Connie where she could and could not go. But when Connie sees four young men take a stand for equal rights at a Woolworth’s lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, she realizes that things may soon change. This event sparks a movement throughout her town and region. And while Connie is too young to march or give a speech, she helps her brother and sister make signs for the cause. Changes are coming to Connie’s town, but Connie just wants to sit at the lunch counter and eat a banana split like everyone else.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142408940
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 12/27/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 100,376
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 10.06(h) x 0.14(d)
Lexile: AD660L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Carole Boston Weatherford lives in High Point, North Carolina.

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Simple and straightforward, the first-person narrative relates events within the context of one close-knit family. (Booklist)

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Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
mdrumgold on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Through the eyes of eight year old, read how connie tries to understand why she does not have the same rights as everyone else. And her admiration of her family as they overcome the hard times of segration.
michelleraphael on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A child's story about the civil rights movement. Illustrations are done very well, comparable to art work.
awidmer06 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Genre: Historical FictionAge Appropriateness: Primary/IntermediateReview: This book is a good example of historical fiction because the story reflects the past and includes accurate historic facts. The story portrays the 1960 civil rights sit-ins at the Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, NC. It offers an informative and vivid picture of what life resembled for African Americans. An 8-year-old girl, Connie, doesn't march or give speeches, but she offers her support and encouragement as she watches her older siblings stand up for their rights. Media: This book is a good example of oil paint illustrations because the pictures are solid and thick. The paint is applied with a palette, which depicts a blended look. The colors are neutrall and dark, which capture the texts and theme.Plot: This book is a good example of person against society because the African Americans are fighting for equal rights and change in society. The plot is well developed and clearly portrayed, which keeps readers engaged. Also, the plot is one that readers can connect with and relate to.
conuly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 the main character acts like a real child - she's proud of her siblings, yes, but she also wants them to stop protesting and stay home and be safe. She's eight years old, and, given the wordiness of the book, that's probably about the right age for the reader.The artwork is pretty enough, but it would have been better on a larger book. When sitting with a kid in your lap reading with the light dim for bedtime, they end up looking a bit muddled.
annikasmith on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent example of a historical fiction book. It is set in Greensboro North Carolina and tells of the famous sit-in as well as other pickets and protests. It tells accurate historical information but has fictional characters experiencing it. Art Media: oil paintingsAppropriate Age: Primary
pjw1173 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is another excellent book about the era of segragation in the South and how 'sit ins' helped to correct the injustices that black Americans faced in their daily lives. This book is a good mentor text and is a book I plan to include in my classroom library.
Pangle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A story of the segregated South in 1960 told from a child's point of view, gives today's young readers the idea of what it meant to be courageous and stand up for human rights. This piece of critical literature shows readers that we can all become involved in a great cause and stand up for what we believe and know is right and true.
Jill.Barrington on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A young African American girl describes her experiences living in Greensboro, North Carolina during the 1960 civil rights sit-ins.The book would be a great way to consider how children during the Civil Rights Movement perceived what occurred.