Item description for Happy Birthday, Addy!: A Springtime Story (American Girl Addy #4) by Connie Porter & Bradford Brown...
Overview Trying to shape a new life of freedom in Philadelphia after having been a slave, Addy finds inspiration from a new friend
Publishers Description Addy and her parents have moved to a boarding house. There Addy meets an inspiring friend, M'dear. Like many people who grew up enslaved, Addy doesn't know when she was born, so M'dear urges Addy to claim a day for her birthday. Then M'dear falls ill. When Addy goes out to get medicine, she faces prejudice--and danger. M'dear helps Addy overcome her anger and gives her a deeper understanding of freedom. When Addy finally claims a birthday, it is a special day indeed, and the whole city celebrates.
Citations And Professional Reviews Happy Birthday, Addy!: A Springtime Story (American Girl Addy #4) by Connie Porter & Bradford Brown has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
School Library Journal - 11/01/1994 page 106
Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/1994 page 70
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Studio: Pleasant Company
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 6.25" Height: 8.75" Weight: 0.3 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2005
Publisher American Girl
Grade Level Multiple Grades
Series American Girl Addy
Series Number 4
ISBN 1562470817 ISBN13 9781562470814
Availability 0 units.
More About Connie 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.
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SINGING HER OWN SONG Nov 27, 2006
Addy Walker, a former slave girl, lives in Philadelphia with her parents, though still missing two members of her family. The Civil War is winding to a close but prejudice against Blacks--slave or free--is rampant in the streets and stores of the City which was founded on the concept of Brotherly Love. Her father can't find work as a carpenter because of his skin color, so all he can do is deliver ice--a waste of his training and natural talent.
When Addy and her friend, Sarah, try to ride the streetcars to a drug store in another section of the city, they encounter shocking prejudice and nearly get trampled. Addy faces two challenges in this 4th book in her series: to acquire the skills to jump rope double-dutch style and to chose a nearly perfect day to become her very own birthday. She gains some valuable life philosophy from blind M'Dear in the boarding house, who can See in very special ways.
Realistic, and yet gentle Nov 6, 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. In this story, Addy makes a new friend in the form of M'dear, a kindly old African-American woman whose blind eyes see more than most. Sadly, as Addy learns more about her new life of freedom, she learns more about the racial discrimination that pervades the world around her. It's up to Addy, with M'dear's insights, to see the way forward in such a dark world.
The final chapter is a look at what it growing up was like for African-American children in the America of 1864. Once again, I must praise American Girls for producing such a wonderful book. This story sets out race relations in a no-nonsense way, but without recrimination-it is a true lesson in healing. My eleven-year-old daughter loved this book, with its realistic history and gentle lessons, and I loved it too!
Wonderful addition to children's litterature May 27, 2002
This book continues Addy Walker's adventures after successfully escaping her plantation for freedom up North.
Addy continues to be amazed by the opportunities that are so much more broader than those on the old plantation, but also realizes that even "free" states have racial segregation and discrimination. She is no longer the property of slaveowners, but still cannot travel certain places or excercise privlleges that whites in Philadephia are able to use.
With her friend Sarah's encouragement, Addy picks out a birthday. While such an action might seem mundane by today's standards, Addy (like others during slavery) never had a day that was uniquely hers. Taking her time with the big decision, Addy ultimately picks a day that has meaning for her and indeed, the entire nation.
A Lovely Story Oct 10, 2000
Addy, an escaped slave, makes a friend, and worries about segregation. When is Addy's birthday? What can she do about prejudice between blacks and whites? How can she make this birthday a happy one? And can her new friend help her? Find out in this lovely tale.