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Addy's Surprise: A Christmas Story (American Girl Addy #3) [Paperback]

By Connie Porter (Author), Melodye Rosales (Illustrator) & Renee Graef (Designed by)
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Item description for Addy's Surprise: A Christmas Story (American Girl Addy #3) by Connie Porter, Melodye Rosales & Renee Graef...

Knowing that Christmas will be hard without the rest of her family, Addy sets out to earn money to give her mother a special Christmas gift, but after discovering the plight of newly freed slaves, she decides to give her money to the Freedman's Fund. Simultaneous.

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Addy knows that Christmas will be hard without Poppa, Sam, and Esther. When Addy spots a beautiful red scarf in a secondhand shop, she's determined to save her money and buy it for Momma to brighten her holiday. But when Addy sees the plight of newly freed slaves, she's torn. Can she help them and still save money for Momma's scarf? In the end, Addy's Christmas surprise for Momma is different from what she had planned. And a surprise awaiting Addy is better than she even dared to hope for.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Pleasant Company
Pages   65
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.58" Width: 6.18" Height: 0.24"
Weight:   0.44 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2005
Publisher   American Girl
Grade Level  Multiple Grades  
Age  8-12
Series  American Girl Addy  
Series Number  3  
ISBN  1562470795  
ISBN13  9781562470791  

Availability  0 units.

More About Connie Porter, Melodye Rosales & Renee Graef

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Connie Porter has written Addy's series and related short stories. She's also the author of the YA/Adult novels All-Bright Court and Imani all Mine. Ms. Porter grew up near Buffalo, NY, and now lives in Virginia Beach, VA.

Connie Porter currently resides in San Antonio.

Connie Porter has published or released items in the following series...
  1. American Girl
  2. American Girl: Beforever

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Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > African American
2Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12 > General
3Books > Subjects > Children > History & Historical Fiction > United States > Fiction > General
4Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Holidays & Festivals > Christmas > Fiction
5Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Multicultural Stories > African-American
6Books > Subjects > Children > Series > Historical > American Girl > Addy

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Notes on an American Girl Story  Sep 1, 2008
My third grade granddaughter is finding the series to be of historical significance and, at least, bearable. At eight years of age, she knew only a smattering about slavery and its impact on families. She knew a little about the Underground Railroad, but learned what it really was. Thse little books make the era seem more real to her. Addy's Surprise brings together some realities of African Americans growing up just after the Civil War in foreign territory, the heartache of separation, learning how to cope, the hope of tomorrow, the reality that not all white people supported slavery and the fact that "freedom" had its problems. It has a positive,though realistic, ending. The reader is left wanting more. The Looking back and Looking forward features keep the reader engaged. My granddaughter cannot wait to see if her prediction that the family will be united comes true.
this book was amazing by JC from North Boulevard  Dec 19, 2006
The book I am reviewing is "Addy's Surprise," written by Connie Porter. I think this book deserves five stars because it was the best book I ever read. This book is about a girl named Addy who escaped from slavery in 1864. She's living in an apartment above a dress shop that her mother works in. Before Christmas Addy sees a red scarf in a store window that she wants to get her mom for Christmas. To earn money, Addy delivers dresses from her mother's store and keeps the tips. When Addy gets home from school one day, she sees the jar full of money her mother and her have been saving to buy a lamp. Here mother really needs the lamp to sew clothes. Addy decides to put all her tip money in the jar. Then one day, a woman with a young girl walk into the shop and the woman gave back a beautiful dress that Addy's mother worked so hard on to make and says that it was too small, so Addy's mother took it back. The next day, when Addy was in the shop and her mother was in there apartment, Addy sees a long piece of red trimming that she could make into a scarf. Addy worked all that day to make the trimming a scarf. On Christmas Addy's mother gave her the beautiful dress and Addy gave her the scarf she made. They wore their new clothes to church and after church when all the kids were watching a shadow play Addy saw a familiar shadow peeking through the door. Read the book to see who Addy's "surprise" is!
A Beautiful Christmas Story  Jun 28, 2006
I never can quite pick a favorite American Girls character, but I think Addy's Christmas Story is my favorite of those. I think the selflessness she shows (as does her friend Sarah) throughout the story is a wonderful example of Christian love in action.
A great lesson and a moving story  Oct 31, 2002
This is another in the American Girls series about Addy Walker, a ten-year-old African-American girl living in the America of 1864. With Christmas coming up, Addy spots the perfect gift for her mother, a bright red scarf. However, when their church puts out a plea for money for those arriving from slavery with nothing but the clothes on their backs, Addy and her mother decide that their money should go to those less fortunate. In this book Addy learns a lesson on giving and receiving, and hope.

The final chapter is a look at Christmas for African-American children in the America of 1864. This is another great Addy book, with a great lesson and a moving story. My daughter loves this book, and yours will too.

A Heartwarming Story  Oct 10, 2000
Addy, an escaped slave, lives during hard times with her escaped mother. She wants Christmas to be happy. Will Christmas be a disappointment? Will they find Sam and Poppa, who were sold before Addy and her mother escaped, or Addy's baby sister, whom they had to leave behind? Get the questions answered in this beautiful tale of hope in hard times.

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