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Addy has begun to give up hope of ever having her family together. Then she gets word that baby Esther, Auntie Lula, and Uncle Solomon are on their way to Philadelphia. Addy searches the city for them, but the reunion she dreamed of is mixed with joy and deep sorrow. As Addy prepares for her reading at the Emancipation Celebration, she begins to doubt the words about freed Addy has begun to give up hope of ever having her family together. Then she gets word that baby Esther, Auntie Lula, and Uncle Solomon are on their way to Philadelphia. Addy searches the city for them, but the reunion she dreamed of is mixed with joy and deep sorrow. As Addy prepares for her reading at the Emancipation Celebration, she begins to doubt the words about freedom she is supposed to read. Momma reminds Addy that their family will always be together as long as their love and courage live in her heart.


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Addy has begun to give up hope of ever having her family together. Then she gets word that baby Esther, Auntie Lula, and Uncle Solomon are on their way to Philadelphia. Addy searches the city for them, but the reunion she dreamed of is mixed with joy and deep sorrow. As Addy prepares for her reading at the Emancipation Celebration, she begins to doubt the words about freed Addy has begun to give up hope of ever having her family together. Then she gets word that baby Esther, Auntie Lula, and Uncle Solomon are on their way to Philadelphia. Addy searches the city for them, but the reunion she dreamed of is mixed with joy and deep sorrow. As Addy prepares for her reading at the Emancipation Celebration, she begins to doubt the words about freedom she is supposed to read. Momma reminds Addy that their family will always be together as long as their love and courage live in her heart.

30 review for Changes for Addy: A Winter Story

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jenna Vahue

    Changes for Addy concludes the wonderful saga of Addy Walker in the American Girl series. I'm so grateful to have picked up Connie Porter's writing after being severely disappointed by Valerie Tripp's bratty baby dolls. Addy suffered through severe hardships like escaping slavery and racism, but she was still able to be kind and show her strength of character. She is a testament of how you can teach American history and be a great inspiration to little girls at the same time. In Changes for Addy Changes for Addy concludes the wonderful saga of Addy Walker in the American Girl series. I'm so grateful to have picked up Connie Porter's writing after being severely disappointed by Valerie Tripp's bratty baby dolls. Addy suffered through severe hardships like escaping slavery and racism, but she was still able to be kind and show her strength of character. She is a testament of how you can teach American history and be a great inspiration to little girls at the same time. In Changes for Addy, she understands what it's like to experience loss and friendship. It's a wonderful series and Addy Walker is my favorite American Girl. Hopefully I can find more sweet girls like Addy and Kirsten rather than brats like Kit and Molly in the American Girl book series.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Meira (readingbooksinisrael)

    I love Addy's whole family, but especially her mother. I love Addy's whole family, but especially her mother.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Moyes

    When I say that I fully wept through this--

  4. 4 out of 5

    Cassie

    I had been wanting to read at least one book from this series for a very long time and I finally got that opportunity. I acquired this book at a flea market about a month ago and decided it was time to finally read it. Porter captures the world of Addy beautifully and the search for her family. It was a very touching story to be reading at this particular juncture where I had been reading all of these serious books about the Holocaust. The book was still sad in places, but overall the book was a I had been wanting to read at least one book from this series for a very long time and I finally got that opportunity. I acquired this book at a flea market about a month ago and decided it was time to finally read it. Porter captures the world of Addy beautifully and the search for her family. It was a very touching story to be reading at this particular juncture where I had been reading all of these serious books about the Holocaust. The book was still sad in places, but overall the book was about starting over from the Civil War. I am very pleased that I read this book because it was well-written for children and will greatly benefit them in the process of learning about other time periods and other people. I had always wondered if this was a good series for children and now because I spent the time to read it I know that it is.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Seth

    I really didn’t like the cove of the book because there was only a girl on the cover.The book is all about a little girl is trying to find her aunt and her little sister.Eventually she finds both of them and later on the aunt dies and she stays with her sister and her mom,dad.Two strengths that I have are Sarah wants to be a teacher with Addy and that she finds her aunt and sister.The supporting evidence I have for the strengths are not as much emotion and makes her happy.Two weaknesses I have i I really didn’t like the cove of the book because there was only a girl on the cover.The book is all about a little girl is trying to find her aunt and her little sister.Eventually she finds both of them and later on the aunt dies and she stays with her sister and her mom,dad.Two strengths that I have are Sarah wants to be a teacher with Addy and that she finds her aunt and sister.The supporting evidence I have for the strengths are not as much emotion and makes her happy.Two weaknesses I have is the aunt and uncle dies and Sarah cant cant go to school.Supporting Evidence I have for weaknesses are it’s sad and not as much fun.My final thoughts about the book is that it was a really good book.it tels alout about the past with Martin Luther King.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth N. | ThePennilessBooknerd

    Addy and her Family are almost all back together again! Addy spends every evening with her brother searching around hospitals and other such places for Uncle Solomon, Auntie Lula, and Baby Esther. Will they ever be fully together again? The ending of this book is sad, but I enjoyed the series as a whole. The way the author writes just make the story flow very well. If you haven't read this and you like American Girl Books I'd recommend this to you. Rating all the American Girl Characters 1. Caro Addy and her Family are almost all back together again! Addy spends every evening with her brother searching around hospitals and other such places for Uncle Solomon, Auntie Lula, and Baby Esther. Will they ever be fully together again? The ending of this book is sad, but I enjoyed the series as a whole. The way the author writes just make the story flow very well. If you haven't read this and you like American Girl Books I'd recommend this to you. Rating all the American Girl Characters 1. Caroline (5) 2. Felicity (4.5) 3. Marie Grace & Cécile (4.5) 4. Addy (4.5) 5. Josefina (4) 6. Kirsten (3.5) 7. Kaya (1)

  7. 5 out of 5

    M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews

    After all that Addy had been gone through (and while age-appropriate, was still clear about the issues faced in this time) this book does give one a nice case of the feels as Addy has a truly merry Christmas. A nice ending to the Addy series.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Laura Vultaggio

    This was a re-read and it held up to the hype of my childhood. Porter does an excellent job of addressing the long-term impacts of slavery in a way that is accessible and appropriate for young children. Addy will always have a very special place in my heart since as 4th graders, my best friend and I wrote to Pleasant Company and demanded that they make a Black doll and about a year later Addy was born! I am sure that others complained as well but as kids, we fully believed that it was all thanks This was a re-read and it held up to the hype of my childhood. Porter does an excellent job of addressing the long-term impacts of slavery in a way that is accessible and appropriate for young children. Addy will always have a very special place in my heart since as 4th graders, my best friend and I wrote to Pleasant Company and demanded that they make a Black doll and about a year later Addy was born! I am sure that others complained as well but as kids, we fully believed that it was all thanks to us!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    I am so glad I decided to re-read Addy’s books! They were so incredibly well done, and surprisingly deep for a children’s series. I know a lot of the story was lost on me as a kid, so reading these again as an adult has been very rewarding. This was such a bittersweet ending, and I definitely teared up again. I’ve always considered Felicity’s books to be my favorite, but I think Addy’s books are a (very) close second now.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    I really appreciate these books and this series. The authors have done a great job of bringing a small piece of history to young children, especially girls. They teach some history and values all geared towards the tween. I have especially enjoyed reading the Addy series about slavery, the underground railroad and then the prejudice and segregation in the North. My nine-year-old liked this series as well. Recommend these for girls 8-11.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    Sorrowful end too an emotionally poignant series and teaching novel about US human history. My 5.75 aged daughter genuinely was able to grasp how immoral slavery was. We both want to study more African American history beyond MLK and celebrate the Emancipation Proclamation ourselves.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    Wonderful book for the American Girls series.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    This book was a happy ending to the addy series but it also made me very sad :(

  14. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    Addy life changed after she comes from slavery to freedom and bests her family is together forever an in freedom. The happy ending of addy story

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sarina

    This was a solid conclusion to the series. Overall, I have really enjoyed reading about Addy.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Definitely cried

  17. 4 out of 5

    Chloe Gaspard

    I really liked it.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kati Polodna

    A fantastic end to the series.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sesana

    A bittersweet ending for Addy, in keeping with the rest of her series.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Olivia Cox

    10/10. A amazing end to Addy's story. 10/10. A amazing end to Addy's story.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Halle Burton

    I love a good series and this was one of them!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    Changes for Addy by Connie Rose Porter Series: Yes: Addy An American Girl #6 Format: Hardcover Stars: 3 Recommend: Yes Would Reread: Maybe I give honest reviews and all my opinions are my own. For more of my reviews go to Heavenly High Seas Books https://heavenlyhighseasbooks.blogspo... Changes for Addy by Connie Rose Porter Series: Yes: Addy An American Girl #6 Format: Hardcover Stars: 3 Recommend: Yes Would Reread: Maybe I give honest reviews and all my opinions are my own. For more of my reviews go to Heavenly High Seas Books https://heavenlyhighseasbooks.blogspo...

  23. 4 out of 5

    Neeky

    Why did they have to die? Addy's story makes me sad no child should be born into slavery or taught that they can't live life as carefree as non-coloured folks. Why did they have to die? Addy's story makes me sad no child should be born into slavery or taught that they can't live life as carefree as non-coloured folks.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ciara

    basically the changes happening in addy's life are that a) her best friend sarah's family is really strapped for cash & mrs. moore is making sarah stay home from school to help with the wash (mrs. moore is employed as a washerwoman). sarah is upset about this because she really wants to go to school & eventually be a teacher, & addy is upset because she wants sarah to be a teacher too. plus she misses seeing sarah at school. eventually addy offers to come by after school every day & bring sarah basically the changes happening in addy's life are that a) her best friend sarah's family is really strapped for cash & mrs. moore is making sarah stay home from school to help with the wash (mrs. moore is employed as a washerwoman). sarah is upset about this because she really wants to go to school & eventually be a teacher, & addy is upset because she wants sarah to be a teacher too. plus she misses seeing sarah at school. eventually addy offers to come by after school every day & bring sarah up tp speed on the lessons. & while i am sure this seems like a very generous gesture & a great solution from a child's perspective...it's not so great as an adult. obviously sarah isn't going to get as good of an education from addy in an hour after school as she could get by actually going to school & being able to immerse herself in school for hours every day, aided by adults. poor sarah. b) addy's family is still looking for baby esther. they have been writing letters to various freddmen's camps throughout the south, asking if anyone fitting esther's description, accompanied by two elderly adults fitting the descriptions of the couple that offered to care for esther so ma walker could run away to freedom, have shown up anywhere. they are surprised one day to get a letter from a camp in maryland or somewhere. the coordinator basically writes, "dear walker family, not long ago, two old people & a toddler came into the camp. they were sick. they hung around until they weren't sick anymore & then they took off for philadelphia. we tried to get them to stay & build up their strength for the journey, but they said they had a little girl that needed to be reunited with her parents. they should be in philadelphia soon." that's it. which really begs the question: how did anyone ever get in touch with anyone back in ye olden times? the walkers estimate that the old folks & esther should be in philadelphia by now (considering how long it took for the letter to show up). they decide to spread out & just start looking around philadelphia. having lived for a summer in philly, i can vouch for the fact that it's the kind of town where you can seriously just walk down the street & run into sixteen people you know in under half an hour, including people who don't even live there. i have had more random run-ins with acquaintances in philly than i have in all other cities put together. so i will suspend my disbelief & assume that esther will be reunited with the family in about five minutes. sure enough, addy takes a spin by a church to see if esther & the old folks are there. she shows up just in time to see an old woman helping a little girl down the stairs. it's the old lady & esther! addy gathers them up & takes them home, where everyone's reaction is basically, "o hai." esther doesn't recognize her parents or siblings, although the old lady says she has been reminding esther about them every chance she gets. old dude died on the journey. & about five minutes after the big reunion, the old lady takes ill & explains to addy, "i made it to freedom & reunited you with your sister. my work here is done." *dies* it kind of bothered me that this is a woman who spent her entire life in slavery, & she only got like three months of freedom, which was spent ferrying a toddler to her "real" family up in philadelphia, & then she dies. it kind of reminds me of the infamous movie trope in which terrible things happen to female peripheral characters in order to develop a dramatic narrative arc for a dude character. i am just not really loving addy's books as much as i wanted to love them. but i would be interested in someday reading them with a child & seeing what kinds of conversations they generate.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    Rereading as an adult, here's what stands out: This one makes me cry now. Esther is just the age my daughter is now and my heart breaks for Ruth Walker. And I have so much respect for Auntie Lula and Uncle Solomon - and the real people like them - traveling all that way on foot with a toddler, when they're not well. It's interesting that we more often see Addy surrounded by adults than other children. (Sarah and Harriet are the exceptions, of course.) Here, she befriends Mr. Polk as she's searchin Rereading as an adult, here's what stands out: This one makes me cry now. Esther is just the age my daughter is now and my heart breaks for Ruth Walker. And I have so much respect for Auntie Lula and Uncle Solomon - and the real people like them - traveling all that way on foot with a toddler, when they're not well. It's interesting that we more often see Addy surrounded by adults than other children. (Sarah and Harriet are the exceptions, of course.) Here, she befriends Mr. Polk as she's searching for Lula, Solomon and Esther - and wins over the hospital nurses, too. As we see her starting to dream about becoming a teacher, I picture her growing up to teach freed men and women to read. We never see her interact with younger children, but we know she's really good with older folks. In addition to thinking about her future, Addy finally finds her last missing family members and she reads the Emancipation Proclamation in a New Year's church service. She has claimed her freedom, her family has reunited, and it's a beautiful conclusion to the main series. As I've said before, this is the most tightly plotted series of the first five AG dolls and has the most satisfying arc. So let's talk a moment about Addy's clothes. In Addy Saves The Day, I said Addy's family wouldn't have splurged on cute two-tone boots, but when Addy was released in 1993, all the dolls had different shoes for their summer dresses. Similarly, as part of the American Girl collection, Addy has a unique outfit for each book. Through the first three books, her new clothes are specifically explained. After that, we're left to assume that enough time has passed for her mother to make her more clothes. (Very convenient for her mother to be a seamstress, no? Clever choice on that one, Pleasant Company.) So by this point, that's five dresses plus her winter coat and various other clothes that show up in illustrations. That doesn't seem like SO much... until you get to this book and the holes in Sarah's boots. And remember Harriet's digs back in Addy Learns a Lesson about Sarah's faded dress? In contrast, Addy's clothes are bright and beautiful and perfectly detailed in every illustration. Suddenly the Walker family (who we know has next to nothing and puts all their spare change toward finding their missing family members) looks positively well off. Presumably the Moores' jobs just don't pay as well as the Walkers' jobs - and now Sam's working, too. Though on that point, I don't think we don't actually know whether Sarah has siblings or who else her parents may be supporting. But I think Sarah's situation is very likely the more realistic version of Addy's life. I suspect the demands of the collection mean that Addy has more clothes - and nicer clothes - than a real child in her position likely would.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Toneeshia

    Changes for Addy is the sixth book and final book of the Addy collection. It is a historical fiction book intended for the intermediate age group. This particular book is about Addy and her family receiving a letter that her aunt, uncle, and baby sister are on their way to Philadelphia to freedom. However, Uncle Solomon does not make it, he dies along the way. I rated the book as deserving five stars because based on previously taught knowledge it appears to capture the time period. The book's Changes for Addy is the sixth book and final book of the Addy collection. It is a historical fiction book intended for the intermediate age group. This particular book is about Addy and her family receiving a letter that her aunt, uncle, and baby sister are on their way to Philadelphia to freedom. However, Uncle Solomon does not make it, he dies along the way. I rated the book as deserving five stars because based on previously taught knowledge it appears to capture the time period. The book's is set into 1864 near the end of the Civil War. Addy and her family's speech is an appropriate representation of how slaves and former slaves spoke. The novel ends with Addy reading the Proclamation. Another great addition to Changes for Addy is the “ a Peek into the Past” section located in the back of the book. This section gives a more nonfictional look at the era. Young readers will be attracted to this book, collection, as well as the other American Girl collections because it makes each historic era more understandable and interesting. This book is obviously great in the classroom setting for teaching history more specifically slavery and the Civil War.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Crawford

    Changes for Addy The final book in the series has Addy and her parents still looking for three members of their family and preparing to give a speech at the Church. Addy searches wherever she can and finds out that a letter she had written was answered, noting that her youngest sister and her Aunt and Uncle were at a center but had left, heading for Philadelphia. Addy ends up visiting one person she met in the hospital while checking to see if her relatives were there and one night leaves somewhat Changes for Addy The final book in the series has Addy and her parents still looking for three members of their family and preparing to give a speech at the Church. Addy searches wherever she can and finds out that a letter she had written was answered, noting that her youngest sister and her Aunt and Uncle were at a center but had left, heading for Philadelphia. Addy ends up visiting one person she met in the hospital while checking to see if her relatives were there and one night leaves somewhat later than she planned, but the timing ends up being perfect as she spots her Aunt and her younger sister. Not everything is happy, though, as she finds out her Uncle had died during their trip up from the South and her Aunt is extremely frail herself. Sam had lost an arm during the war but at least most of her family is back together. The historical section of the book has some more good information on the discrimination and prejudice against black people in the U.S.. A good conclusion to the series and a lot of good historical information in the series.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Addy, an American Girl living in Philadelphia right after the slaves have been freed, is longing for her family to be back together again. Her Auntie Lula, Uncle Solomon, and her sister Esther were the last to leave the plantation and Addy wonders if they will ever make it back. Meanwhile, Addy's friend Sarah and her family are extremely poor and Addy is devastated when she finds out Sarah has to quit school in order to work with her mom doing laundry. The story is very sad, but sends a good mess Addy, an American Girl living in Philadelphia right after the slaves have been freed, is longing for her family to be back together again. Her Auntie Lula, Uncle Solomon, and her sister Esther were the last to leave the plantation and Addy wonders if they will ever make it back. Meanwhile, Addy's friend Sarah and her family are extremely poor and Addy is devastated when she finds out Sarah has to quit school in order to work with her mom doing laundry. The story is very sad, but sends a good message of freedom. It shows how hard it was in Addy's time for black people even though they were free.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Alisse

    This book was really sad.Addy's family, Addy's dad, mom, and brother were all looking for Uncle Solomon and Auntie Lula and baby Esther. But one day, Addy was at church and she thought she saw Auntie Lula and Esther coming down some steps. Addy called on the thin figure," Auntie Lula? Is that my Addy? But in the end it was Auntie Lula and baby Esther. Uncle Solomon died in freedom though. But after that Auntie Lula died 2 days before Christmas. Everybody was sad. I started to cry when I read tha This book was really sad.Addy's family, Addy's dad, mom, and brother were all looking for Uncle Solomon and Auntie Lula and baby Esther. But one day, Addy was at church and she thought she saw Auntie Lula and Esther coming down some steps. Addy called on the thin figure," Auntie Lula? Is that my Addy? But in the end it was Auntie Lula and baby Esther. Uncle Solomon died in freedom though. But after that Auntie Lula died 2 days before Christmas. Everybody was sad. I started to cry when I read that part. Two days before Christmas! That would've been so sad.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lola

    Okay, I think it is definitely necessary for American Girl to make an Addy movie. In fact, I think it is long overdue. If you don't think that is a good idea, simply read Changes for Addy, the final installment of her story. What is more heartbreaking than Addy searching the city for her relatives? What is sadder than Addy's family reunited but not quite whole? And what, tell me, is more powerful than Addy reading the Emancipation Proclamation at her church and really believing in it? Please, m Okay, I think it is definitely necessary for American Girl to make an Addy movie. In fact, I think it is long overdue. If you don't think that is a good idea, simply read Changes for Addy, the final installment of her story. What is more heartbreaking than Addy searching the city for her relatives? What is sadder than Addy's family reunited but not quite whole? And what, tell me, is more powerful than Addy reading the Emancipation Proclamation at her church and really believing in it? Please, make an Addy movie!

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