Dinner at Aunt Connie's house, Volume 1993

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Hyperion Books for Children, Oct 29, 1993 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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Winner of the Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King awards, Ringgold gives us the story of Melody, an African-American girl who discovers her rich heritage in the attic of Aunt Connie's house. The stories of great and influential African-American women give Melody the courage to dream lofty dreams. Full color.

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User Review  - Future_educator - LibraryThing

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 ... Read full review

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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 ... Read full review


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Faith Ringgold grew up in Harlem, has a master's degree in education, and has taught art in New York City public schools. Deeply influenced by the Black Power movement, Faith developed an art style based on her African-American heritage. She created a series of narrative quilts about the lives of black women, one of which inspired her first picture book, "Tar Beach, " winner of a Caldecott Honor Award and a Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration. She went on to publish several more acclaimed picture books, including "Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the Sky" and "My Dream of Martin Luther King." Of this book she says, "If that bus Rosa Parks was on could tell us what happened, its story would be better than anyone's. It was wonderful to write something children could accept. They are ready to imagine and have open dreams, like Rosa, who must have had a dream in order to stretch herself." Faith Ringgold divides her time between New Jersey and Southern California.

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