Dinner at Aunt Connie's House

Dinner at Aunt Connie s House For Melody the best thing about summertime was going to family dinners at Aunt Connie and Uncle Bate s big house on the beach This summer Aunt Connie an artist has several surprises for the family

  • Title: Dinner at Aunt Connie's House
  • Author: Faith Ringgold Ann Bryant
  • ISBN: 9780590137133
  • Page: 447
  • Format: Paperback
  • For Melody the best thing about summertime was going to family dinners at Aunt Connie and Uncle Bate s big house on the beach This summer, Aunt Connie, an artist, has several surprises for the family One is that she and Uncle Bates have adopted a son, Lonnie, whose green eyes and red hair instantly captivate Melody.While Melody and Lonnie are playing hide and seek, theyFor Melody the best thing about summertime was going to family dinners at Aunt Connie and Uncle Bate s big house on the beach This summer, Aunt Connie, an artist, has several surprises for the family One is that she and Uncle Bates have adopted a son, Lonnie, whose green eyes and red hair instantly captivate Melody.While Melody and Lonnie are playing hide and seek, they hear strange voices coming from the attic, and there they find Aunt Connie s other surprise She has painted twelve beautiful portraits of famous African American women and the paintings can speak Melody and Lonnie are at first amazed but are soon profoundly inspired as the women talk to them about their courageous lives.Faith Ringgold s powerful story and vibrant art underscore the magic of this special moment in Melody s and Lonnie s life as they discover in a new way how proud they are to be African Americans Cover excerpt, Dinner at Aunt Connie s House by Faith Ringgold, Hyperion Press, New York 1993.

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    1. Dinner at Aunt Connie’s house, by Faith Ringgold. Published by in 1996. 32 pages. 5 stars. 2nd and 3rd grade. Lexile: 640 L; G.R: MA young Faith has dinner at her aunt’s house where she runs into paintings of famous African American women who talk to her. The paintings join the family for dinner.We’ll study history, who these women were and African American history and culture in this country. It’s a perfect supplement to a social studies/ US history project / famous people thematic uni [...]

    2. Reading Level: Gradess 3-5Melody (grade school aged) and her family go to Aunt Connie and Uncle Bate's house on the beach every summer. On this occasion, Melody meets Lonnie, their newly adopted son and while playing, they stumble upon Aunt Connies new paintings. As they admire the 12 portraits of famous African-American women, the portraits literally speak to them and tell the stories of their lives. The illustrations are colorful and set the stage for the story. The idea of this story intrigue [...]

    3. Title: Dinner at Aunt Connie’s HouseAuthor: Faith RinggoldGenre: BiographyTheme(s): History, WomenOpening line/sentence: My aunt Connie is a great artist.Brief Book Summary: When it’s time to Visit Aunt Connie, Lonnie and Melody find a fun surprise in the attic that showcases several important women in history.Professional Recommendation/Review #1: Annie (BookHive (bookhive)) Are you hungry?! Then let's join Lonnie, Melody, and the rest of the Bates family for Dinner at Aunt Connie's House . [...]

    4. I could not believe that I have not given this book a review. As per usual, I love Faith Ringgold who I believe is an amazing illustrator and brings a lot of culture and information for children. In this book, Melody travels every year to Aunt Connie's house with her parents and when she visits Aunt Connie always showcases her paintings for the family to showcase what is the current theme in her life. For this occasion, Aunt Connie painted twelve portraits of African Women who helped changed the [...]

    5. On a visit to Aunt Connie's house, Melody meets her newly adopted cousin Lonnie, who like her is African American but has red hair and green eyes. While playing hide and seek, Melody and Lonnie hear voices coming from the attic. Upon further inspection, they find that it is Aunt Connie's paintings that are speaking to them. There are twelve portraits of famous, courageous women such as Rosa Parks, Dorothy Dandridge, Bessie Smith, and Sorjourner Truth. Their stories are captivating and Melody and [...]

    6. Every summer, Melodies family goes to her aunt Connie’s house on the beach for dinner. The family enjoys spending time with each other, playing on the beach, and eating a delicious dinner with good company. Melody and her adopted cousin Lonnie go exploring through the house and find many of Connie’s paintings. Little did they know, the paintings are not just paintings, but they can talk! Connie’s paintings are of historically important African American woman, such as Sojourner Truth and Ro [...]

    7. Grade/interest level: Primary (K-2)Reading level: 5.8 (Lexile 640L) Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy Main Characters: Melody, Lonnie, Aunt ConnieSetting: Aunt Connie’s House in Sag Harbor, Long IslandPOV: Melody Dinner at aunt Connie’s house is an amazing book that brings African American female leaders to life. Aunt Connie’s family comes to visit her every summer, but this summer will be much different. This summer Melody will meet her new addition to the family, Lonnie. Lonnie is Aunt [...]

    8. Grade/interest level: Primary (K-2)Reading level: 5.8 (Lexile 640L) Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy Main Characters: Melody, Lonnie, Aunt ConnieSetting: Aunt Connie’s House in Sag Harbor, Long IslandPOV: MelodyEvery summer, Melody’s family is invited to dinner at Aunt Connie’s house on the beach. Not only does the family come for dinner, but also to see Aunt Connie’s artwork because she is an artist. Melody is also excited to see Lonnie, her aunt and uncle’s adopted son. Melody is [...]

    9. This is a great story simply because of its uniqueness. This is a mystical biographical children's book that takes place around the time of dinner at the home of the main character's Aunt's house. Before going to dinner the main character gets the opportunity with her cousin to talk to some activist, leaders, and inspirational African American women from the past. These women are separate paintings on the wall in her Aunt's house, but they come to life and are able to talk in order to share thei [...]

    10. Dinner at Aunt Connie's House by Faith Ringgold is a great book to read to students to introduce prolific African American females who have made a difference in the African American community and the world as a whole. This story provides things for children to think about and consider when they become ungrateful about a situation. The plot is rich and engages the reader. The illustrations match the text, however they are not that creative and appealing. On the other hand, they are colorful, but [...]

    11. Dinner at Aunt Connie's House is a great story about a boy and a girl who talk with some of the great African American women who made a difference in the United States. Their aunt Connie is a painter and she painted several paintings of these women that she wanted to share with her family. While the children were playing they heard someone talking and figured out that the paintings actually told them their story and their significance. I think a great activity would be to do a study on influenti [...]

    12. Dinner at Aunt Connies House is a nice book about African American women in history. Melody goes to visit her Aunt and Uncle and she ends up finding great treasures in the attic. As walks along the wall of paintings, they come alive and talk to her. The women tell her about themselves and all the wonderful things they have done throughout history. This is a nice book to introduce young children to historical African American Women. This can be used as an introduction in the classroom and then th [...]

    13. This story is about a little girl going to her Aunt Connie's house and discovering her aunts paintings of famous historical women who changed history. These women talk to the little girl and explain a little about how they contributed to history. This story relates to my topic because it talks about women who have done great things and shows other African American women that they too can do great things. This story's illustrations helps move along the text. This story also teaches children about [...]

    14. This book is fiction and informational. I think this book is great for teaching children ages 6-10 about some of the most powerful African American pioneers in history. I really like how there is a story line in between the information given. The children in this book get to hear from the paintings of these women to learn about their accomplishments. It is very creative and takes the reader/listeners back in time by allowing the paintings to speak in first person. Awesome!

    15. I love any book that covers African-American history! Faith Ringgold did just that covering some memorable African American female heroins. We checked this out for 1st grader, Ella, but 4th grader, Olivia, loved reading this book just as much. This would be an excellent book to read before students had to make a chose for a biography project. And all of the illustrations were bright and colorful, the way I imagine Faith Ringgold's own home to be.

    16. This was a very interesting book where a child was invited to Aunt Connie's house. The paintings in this house came to life. She was able to learn a little bit about a lot of different famous people from the civil rights movement from MLK Jr. to Harriet Tubman. Very interesting book. Great introduction to this historical time period.

    17. This was a great story about different african american heroes. We read this as a class during black history month and it really grabbed the kids attention with the abstract paintings/illustrations. I like this story becuase it gives facts about civil war activists but in a fun memorable way. I read this story and then we were able to talk about the things we learned at the end.

    18. While I think that this book fails as a read-aloud or traditional picture book, I think that it could be a very handy teaching tool for an early reader learning at home about Black History in America. I'd add this to my library for my second or third grader.

    19. Very cute book that includes mini bios of prominant African Americans. Perfect selection to read to inform students about African American history.

    20. Dinner at Aunt Connie's HouseRinggold, Faithlearning about black women in american history and how they affected and helped society, and people through out american history

    21. Sadly, the illustrations aren't that great, but the story itself is educational. I don't think anyone can go wrong learning about prolific African American women.

    22. 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.

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