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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ADDY: A Springtime Story: Book Four (4).

Porter, Connie.

ISBN 10: 1562470817 / ISBN 13: 9781562470814
Published by Middleton, WI: Pleasant Company, (1994.), 1994
Soft cover
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SIGNED first edition - First printing, a trade paperback, issued simultaneously with hardcover. The fourth book in the American Girls series about Addy, a young black girl determined to be free in the midst of the Civil War. In this book, Addy makes a new friend. Illustrated by Bradford Brown and with vignettes by Renee Graef and Geri Strigenz Bourget. SIGNED on the title page by the author, and uncommon thus. Also includes several pages of information about life in 1864. 61 pp. Fine in illustrated wrappers. Bookseller Inventory # 51598

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Title: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ADDY: A Springtime Story: ...

Publisher: Middleton, WI: Pleasant Company, (1994.)

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Soft cover

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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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.

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Grade 3-5-The story of Addy and her family, who have escaped from slavery, continues in these two stories set in Philadelphia just before and after the end of the Civil War. Happy Birthday, Addy opens with the protagonist leading a more stable life with her father now delivering ice and searching for a carpenter's position and her mother taking in laundry. Although both parents are being paid as free citizens, the realities of prejudice are clearly evident as Addy laments, "all the colored people got a strange kind of freedom here...There are jobs we can't get and shops we can't eat at just because of the color of our skin." Despite this, she learns the value of optimism from wise, old, blind M'Dear. Addy Saves the Day includes the excitement of a church fair sponsored for postwar family assistance and Abby helping to catch the thief who steals the raised monies. Both books have a good balance of emotion, historical facts, and suspense to keep readers interested; they are attractively illustrated with colorful vignettes and full-page paintings. An addendum, "A Peek Into the Past," provides a good explanation of the time period and its customs, conventions, and realities. Nicely done.
Rita Soltan, Baldwin Public Library, Birmingham, MI
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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