Item description for Changes for Addy: A Winter Story (American Girls Collection) by Connie Rose Porter & Bradford Brown...
Overview With the end of the Civil War in 1865, Addy desperately hopes that her family will be reunited in freedom in Philadelphia, but the future may hold both happiness and heartache.
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Studio: American Girl Publishing Inc
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.88" Width: 6.48" Height: 0.41" Weight: 0.64 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2005
Publisher American Girl
Grade Level Multiple Grades
Series American Girl Addy
Series Number 6
ISBN 1562470868 ISBN13 9781562470869
Availability 0 units.
More About Connie Rose Porter & Bradford Brown
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.
Reviews - What do customers think about Changes for Addy: A Winter Story (American Girls Collection)?
changes for addy May 5, 2008
My daughter and I loved the addy story's wonderful story for girls to understand a bit of history told in a way that they can relate to . slavery is a tough subject and they really make the characters come to life enabling the reader to have compassion and insight to their lives . I only wish they had more addy story's so we could continue to follow her journey.
good book! Nov 15, 2003
Of all the Addy books, this last one was my favorite as a girl. (I remember crying when I finished it)-by no means do I want to give away the end, but this book really illustrates the consequences reaped by the civil war. Though written for younger girls, I would even recommend this for older people to read because adults would probably be able to grasp the deeper meaning of this book- that perhaps we ought to take a lesson from history. Our prejudices and arrogance led to the enslavement of part of our race, which led to hate and violence. We still see these things today and so perhaps by reading books like these, that go back to times of hardship or war, it makes us see that there will always be consequences to our actions, and oftentimes it takes a generation or so for it to take its harsh affects.
Uplifting Nov 14, 2002
This is another in the American Girls series about Addy Walker, a ten-year-old African-American girl living in the America of 1865. With the war over, but so many ex-slaves displaced, Addy and her family still hope to find sister Esther. In yet another winter, Addy finds the good and the bad, gain and loss, and hope and the cost of freedom.
The final chapter is a historical look at the post-Civil War years, with Reconstruction, segregation, and the Civil Right Movement. This is another great Addy book, one that tells the unvarnished truth of life for African-Americans in America, but in an uplifting way. My eleven-year-old daughter is now the proud owner of the Addy books, and an Addy doll. She loves these books, and the young lady in your life will too.
We're all together again Jul 13, 2001
This story is about a young American girl named Addy. In "Changes for Addy", Addy gets a letter from a women named Bertha Miller saying that she has found Addy's Auntie Lula, Uncle Solomon, and Addy's baby sister Esther. They were going to Philadelphia to give Esther back to Addy's momma. When they find Auntie Lula and Esther outside a church, Auntie Lula explains that Uncle Solomon has died and she, Auntie Lula, may die too. The joy of Christmas for Addy is washed away, leaving only the sadness of death. Is Addy's Christmas ruined? Or will Addy find joy in the happiness of the Christmas? I would highly recommend this book to a friend. This book is a tiny bit better than "Happy Birthday, Felicity" because Addy has way more adventure than Felicity. Connie Rose Porter is an awesome reader and writer.
Historic Jun 14, 2001
Breaking the original overemphasis on the experiences of white girls, the Addy series remains one of the most realistic ones written.
The process of escaping from Slavery and starting over in a "free" society only to discover that society does not actually regard you as an equal either is not the happiest topic in the world, but it needs to be told in order to learn from our mistakes. The authors could have sugar coated the harsh realities of that world, but wisely chose to tell the whole truth to their elementary age target audience.
If ever there were a case where the Congressional Medal of Honor should be given out to a team of Children's Literature writers and illustrators, this team certainly has earned it.
In this installment, Addy is reuinted with her baby sister ester after what seemed like an eternity. While the previous reunions with her father and her brother were also emotional, the symbolism of shadows moving forward in a Church is especially powerfull. Her beloved Uncle Solomon has died, but has found peace because of his brief status as a free man.
The end of the book, which provides a historical recap is especially touching because it goes all the way into the civil rights movement of the 1950's and 1960's. Considering many public school districts give this portion of American History little attention (whether on purpose or not) I feel it is especially important for young women to read this particular portion of the American Girl's series.