Dinner at Aunt Connie's House by Faith Ringgold

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Dinner at Aunt Connie's is even more special than usual when Melody meets not only her new adopted cousin but twelve inspiring African-American women, who step out of their portraits and join the family for dinner.

About Faith Ringgold

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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.
Published October 29, 1993 by Hyperion. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A history lesson introducing 12 notable African-American women (Rosa Parks, Mary McLeod Bethune, Zora Neale Hurston, et al.) in the guise of a story about a special family dinner: 12 portraits in the hostess's attic come magically to life and speak to the nine- year-old narrator.

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Melody loves the annual family excursion to Aunt Connie's house: everyone gets to go swimming, share a fabulous dinner and see an exhibition of Aunt Connie's most recent art.

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