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Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
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Brown Girl Dreaming

by Jacqueline Woodson

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    Autobiography of a Family Photo: A Novel by Jacqueline Woodson (susanbooks)
    susanbooks: Autobiography of a Familly Photo is a prose novel and stands beautifully on its own. Read alongside Brown Girl Dreaming, the earlier book seems like the nightmare, R-rated version of the later one. Both are stunning.
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This book tells the captivating story of Jacqueline Woodson's childhood. Having lived in both the North and the South, this book captures the author's struggle to determine where she fit in. It also details her growing awareness of historical societal issues such as the Jim Crow laws and the Civil Rights movement and their affect on her. Woodson used a wonderful poetic tone to truly capture her feelings as a child and show how writing helped her to work through her everyday struggles. This book is excellent for young adults that want to gain a firsthand account of black history. It also serves as an excellent example of poetry. ( )
  Cayetlin_Hardeman | Apr 26, 2017 |
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The poetic layout of the book took a little while to het used to, but once I did it was easy to follow. Jacqueline Woodson wrote everything in a way that was poetic but also got the message across. ( )
  mrw522 | Apr 13, 2017 |
I love this book with a passion! This book has inspired me to read more of Jacqueline Woodson's books. Everyone must go read this book! You will not regret it! ( )
  Charmeisha | Apr 13, 2017 |
Brown Girl Dreaming is a book about the Jacqueline Woodson who shares her memories of being an African American growing up in the 1960s. I loved this book. The format that Jacqueline wrote the book in was very interesting. I wish that i could have been a little more detailed, but Jacqueline said that she based this book off of what she remembered. I would recommend this book for middle school. ( )
  kedydra | Apr 13, 2017 |
Beautifully written in free verse, this is a memoir of growing up in South Carolina and Brooklyn. Although her story is simple and short, she brings a wealth of images that allow the reader to empathize. Woodson dreamed of being an author in spite of having learning difficulties and not being able to come close to her sister’s scholastic achievements. Despite the conditions for African Americans in the sixties and seventies, Woodson was a happy child and relates her understanding of the growing civil rights movement, the strength of her family, and her dreams. If this had been written in prose it would simply have been an adult’s memoir. Free verse portrayed the candor of the child. ( )
  VivienneR | Apr 12, 2017 |
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In this memoir in verse Woodson tells us her life story and the history of her family. When young she lived near her father's family in Columbus, Ohio. After her parents separation/divorce she moved with her siblings to Greenville, South Carolina to live with her maternal grandparents. This was in the mid 1960s and Greenville was a center for civil rights activities. In the early 1970s the Woodson siblings moved with their mother to Brooklyn, NY.
The verses tell the story of each family member, Woodson's love of reading, writing and story telling, the lushness of the south verses the energy of New York, the civil rights movement, and friendships.
My family, like Woodson's, moved from a small town to New York City in the early 1970s. Woodson and I are roughly the same age and her cultural touchstones are identical to mine - I too listened to the songs she writes about and watched those television shows. ( I had nearly forgotten about The Big Blue Marble!) I could also identify with Woodson's love of empty composition books, reading and storytelling. I loved this book. Highly recommended.
 
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Hold fast to dreams/For if dreams die/Life is a broken-winged bird/That cannot fly.

Hold fast to dreams/For when dreams go/Life is a barren field/Frozen with snow.--Langston Hughes
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This book is for my family--past, present and future.  With love.
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I am born on a Tuesday at University Hospital Columbus, Ohio, USA--a country caught between Black and White.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0399252517, Hardcover)

Jacqueline Woodson, one of today's finest writers, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse.
 
Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child’s soul as she searches for her place in the world. Woodson’s eloquent poetry also reflects the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child. Her love of stories inspired her and stayed with her, creating the first sparks of the gifted writer she was to become.
 
Praise for Jacqueline Woodson:
Ms. Woodson writes with a sure understanding of the thoughts of young people, offering a poetic, eloquent narrative that is not simply a story . . . but a mature exploration of grown-up issues and self-discovery.”—The New York Times Book Review

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:14:21 -0400)

"Jacqueline Woodson, one of today's finest writers, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse. Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child's soul as she searches for her place in the world. Woodson's eloquent poetry also reflects the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child. Her love of stories inspired her and stayed with her, creating the first sparks of the gifted writer she was to become. Praise for Jacqueline Woodson: Ms. Woodson writes with a sure understanding of the thoughts of young people, offering a poetic, eloquent narrative that is not simply a story. but a mature exploration of grown-up issues and self-discovery."-The New York Times Book Review"-- "The author shares her childhood memories and reveals the first sparks that ignited her writing career in free-verse poems about growing up in the North and South"--… (more)

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