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Brown Girl Dreaming (Newbery Honor Book) (edition 2014)

by Jacqueline Woodson (Author)

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Title:Brown Girl Dreaming (Newbery Honor Book)
Authors:Jacqueline Woodson (Author)
Info:Nancy Paulsen Books (2014), Edition: 1, 370 pages
Collections:Read, Read but unowned
Rating:****
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Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

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    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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I thought this book was fantastic. The storytelling truly makes you transport to the time and eyes of the storyteller. You can see how the smallest kindnesses spark dreams in the hearts of children. She talks about growing up in the Jehova's Witness church and how that effected her. The book was near perfect. Then at the end she states that she believes in the Bible and the Koran and the good in all people. I can't recommend that philosophy. As a story, I'd read it a hundred times. She tells beautiful stories that make you feel more alive. ( )
  StephCherry | Sep 22, 2018 |
This book is about a girl growing up as an African-American during the 60's and he hardships she faced. The book i sabot the author and is written poetically, making this book unique. I really like this book, and would use it for middle school children or maybe high school. ( )
  MorganneLloyd | Sep 21, 2018 |
This book is great for all girls as it describes her life in the 60s-70s and even before she was born. She talks about historical events and people that changed the world such as Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King. She longs of her home in South Carolina and learn to accept and believe in herself. I think that this is a great book for both boys and girls so that they can build a self esteem and know that they can succeed and achieve anything they set their minds to. ( )
  MayraVasquez | Sep 19, 2018 |
Brown Girl Dreaming is an autobiography about Jacqueline Woodson. In this book, she describes what her life was like for her family before she was born, and writes about her life as well, taking place in the 1960's-70's. She uses poetry in order to tell her story. The book is beautiful because it is so real. It explains the challenges African Americans faced at that time, and how it affected her life. It also mentions historical events/ people that made a difference such as Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, and John F. Kennedy. This book would be so beneficial for students to hear because it is eye-opening for both the student who has and hasn't had an experience like this. It would allow them to think about the challenges people face, to teach acceptance, and to believe in themselves. Ways you can incorporate this book into lessons is poetry, the Civil Rights Movement and that their experiences can impact other peoples lives so never be ashamed of telling your story. ( )
  SavG. | Sep 18, 2018 |
This is the autobiography of Jacqueline Woodson. Unlike a traditional autobiography, this work is written as free verse poetry. The fact that she was able to fit in all this information about her life in such a small package is amazing. The poems transcend traditional memoir telling, bringing feelings and vivid images with just a few words.
Woodson begins her life in Ohio, going on to live in the South and New York as well. She relays the difference in experience between the two homes , and we are reminded that family is what makes somewhere home. This setting allows for a continuing discussion of civil rights, and through her stories of her religious background, we see a beautiful construction of a message of acceptance.
  maryganderson | Sep 17, 2018 |
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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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