Dinner at Aunt Connie's house

by Faith Ringgold

Paper Book, 1993




New York : Hyperion Books for Children, c1993.


Dinner at Aunt Connie's is even more special than usual when Melody meets not only her new adopted cousin but twelve inspiring African-American women, who step out of their portraits and join the family for dinner.


½ (14 ratings; 3.5)

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LibraryThing member marybetha
This books was transformed from an adult story to a children's book. She originally inteded the original story for adults to recall their childhood memories of good times and festive dinners with relatives and close friends, sharing family stories and great food. It is a belief of the author that
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this is an expression of her belief that art can be more than a picture on the wall--it can envision hisotry and illustrate proud events in people's llives.
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LibraryThing member atlomas
This book is about a big family who, get together every summer and have a big dinner. Aunt Connie, who hosts the big dinner, is a famous artist and always debus her latest art work at these dinners. Aunt Connie painted 12 portraits (who talk!) of important women in African American history. I would
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definitely use this book to integrate history.
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LibraryThing member dukefan86
Interesting combination of family time, art, African American history, and fantasy in this children's book. I enjoyed the illustrations, and learned a little more about famous African Americans.
LibraryThing member Future_educator
On a summer visit to Aunt Connie's house, young Melody meets her newly adopted cousin, Lonnie, a boy whose red hair and green eyes captivate her immediately. Exploring the house, the two discover Aunt Connie's artwork, and her secret: Her paintings can talk! Through the portraits, the children meet
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12 courageous, ground-breaking women, including Rosa Parks, Mary McLeod Bethune, Dorothy Dandridge, Zora Neale Hurston, Bessie Smith, Sojourner Truth, and Madame C.J. Walker. Their stories are fascinating and inspiring, and as Melody and Lonnie return to the dinner table — to feast on favorites, from roast turkey to macaroni and cheese — they feel the magic of the women whose images surround them, and dream of a future where they can be anything they want to be. The book is a great historical fiction because the images off the wall actually join them for dinner.
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LibraryThing member Cheryl_in_CC_NV
(thrift store find)
How does one rate this? ?�I did not 'enjoy' it all. ?áThe conceit that the paintings of famous black women would speak their story, in a v. brief biographical blurb, made this a trivia book designed to be taught in February, and never picked up the rest of the year. ?áThe
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'frame' of the romance between the children made no sense in context, and almost no sense on its own. ?áBut if you are a teacher and you need a certain book like this for your classroom because of curriculum mandates, you certainly could do worse....
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Physical description

26 inches


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