When Connie and her mother go shopping at Woolworth's, they can have a soda as a treat — but they have to drink them standing up, since African Americans aren't allowed at the lunch counter. In fact, all over town there are signs telling Connie where she can't go. But when Connie sees four young men take a stand for equal rights at a Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, she realizes that things may soon change.
That moment sparks a movement in town, which even brings Dr. King to visit. And while Connie is too young to march or give a speech, she helps her brother and sister make signs for the cause. Kids will sympathize with Connie's simple desire — to sit and have a banana split, just like she sees white kids do — while also learning about the power of community action and peaceful protest.
"Connie likes to shop downtown with her mother. When they feel tired and hot, they stop in at Woolworth's for a cool drink, but stand as they sip their sodas since African Americans aren't allowed to sit at the lunch counter. Weatherford tells the story from the girl's point of view and clearly captures a child's perspective. Connie wants to sit down and have a banana split, but she can't, and she grumbles that, 'All over town, signs told Mama and me where we could and couldn't go.' When her father says that Dr. King is coming to town, she asks, 'Who's sick?' She watches as her brother and sister join the NAACP and participate in the Greensboro, NC, lunch counter sit-ins." &mdahs; School Library Journal
|Recommended Age||5 - 8|
|Author||Carole Boston Weatherford|
|Illustrator||Jerome Lagarrigue Lagarrigue|
|Publication Date||Dec 27, 2007|