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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Meet Addy: American Girl

   We found this awesome book browsing in Barnes & Nobles. I don't understand how we missed it! Ken is so in love with the book Meet Addy. Meet Addy is a part of the American Girl series written by Connie Porter.  The setting takes place in 1864 during the time of the Civil War. Addy is a courageous girl, smart, strong growing up during the civil war. I don't know what all the criteria is to label a book a "living history book", but this book is bringing the times during the Civil War and slavery alive for my little girl. Ken dosen't want to put this book down for one second. This is the first book ever that Ken requested on her own if she can write a book report when she is finished. The book is recommended for children ages 8 and up.
                                                                  The cover.

  Inside the first pages of the book are pictures of Addy's family tree and the characters in the story that play their roles in history during this time.

There are five chapters in this book, but five more books that tell about Addy's experiences. Ken has read up to chapter three. So far Addy has let us in on what her life is like working on the plantation as a slave girl, the pain of being separated from her father and brother who were both sold in slavery because the Master could no longer afford to feed and clothe them, now Addy and her mother are planning to escape.

To get a better understanding of the labor that Addy had to endure the author describes in detail how Addy had to carry loads of things throughout her work day, sometimes she carried things on top of her head. To bring it closer to home Ken walked the line with an empty basket on top of her head. When we added things to the basket it wasn't easy.

 Ken continues to practice walking the line with her basket and adding a few items along the way. She wants to be able to walk the line with items in the basket, on top of her hand, and carry a bucket of water at the same time. Ken wants to really connect with Addy.

The American Girl Series starts back in time at 1764 with a girl named Kaya and the books go through to a little after 1974. I know they just came out with a new book in the past week. Ken has already decided what her next time in American history will be. I have to admit I can't wait to find out what happens next with Addy and her momma. Ken and I agreed that we will read this book  together.

 Come and share your adventures in time and space at HIstory/Geography exchange hosted by Children Grow, Children Explore, Children Learn


  1. Oh, I look forward to reading these books when my daughter gets a little older. I'm always tempted to start reading them by myself. :)

  2. I was just telling Selena about these books the other night. She would love your lesson of balancing a basket on her head, she is always trying to find things to balance on her head. Thank you for linking up this week.

  3. I love that series and need to start collecting them.

  4. Alex LOVED the Addy series. We started with Addy, then Kaya and last night she finished up reading the last Felicity book. We're going to go in order from here out, but Addy was definetly a great book that hooked her on the series. I have a "quick" Addy post planned for tomorrow myself :)

  5. I was just looking at these series in the library yesterday, but of course it's a little early here. What a good way to connect to the story by trying some of the things out.

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