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Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson

Locomotion (original 2003; edition 2003)

by Jacqueline Woodson

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Authors:Jacqueline Woodson
Info:Putnam Publishing Group (2003), Paperback
Collections:Chapter Books, African American, Realistic Fiction, Poetry, Read but unowned
Tags:Overcoming obsticles

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Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson (2003)

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Lonnie learns about poetry and uses it to express his thoughts about loss. He and his sister are orphaned and then separated in foster care. Woodson's writing is thoughtful, honest , and poignant. ( )
  mosbor | Sep 19, 2014 |
In Locomotion, Woodson uses poems in the forms of journal entries to tell a story of a little boy, Lonnie. When Lonnie was little he lost his parents in a fire and only has a sister now, who he doesn't live with him because they were separated at orphanage. His teacher inspires him to put his words on paper and as a result he writes all the different forms of poems in Locomotion. The book includes: haiku, free verse, sonnet, list as well as epitaph poems. He writes about many events, big and small in his life. The whole book is from his perspective and touches on how he misses his parents and wishes he could be with his sister more. I recommend this book to grades 3 -5. This is also a good book to recommend or refer to when learning the different types of poetry. Reading Locomotion will inspire students to feel more comfortable expressing their feelings through poetry. ( )
  epoche | Sep 18, 2014 |
This book of poetry by Jacqueline Woodson portrays a story about a young boy who looses his mother and father through a tragic fire. However, him and his sister survive but are unfortunately separated. The young boy named Lonnie, or Locomotion, writes a lot of poetry about his environment around him presently, and about his unforgettable past. The love Locomotion has for his sister is special; he misses her more than any words in poetry can express. This book is touching and can influence students to express their thoughts through poetry. ( )
  Raquelb | Sep 18, 2014 |
This is a collection of poems written by a child after his parents died, and he was placed into foster care. You can really identify with, and it impossibly no to feel for the child through the writing. I enjoyed this powerful book. ( )
  alarso2 | May 19, 2014 |
This book would be good to read to the class during a poetry lesson or learning about different types of poetry that is written to show that poetry isn't all about rhyming, and the story is good!
  EmilySansovich | Apr 25, 2014 |
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This whole book's a poem 'cause every time I try to tell the whole story my mind goes Be quiet! Only it's not my mind's voice,
It's Miss Edna's over and over and over Be quiet!
You see God everywhere these days. Especially when Miss Edna makes her sweet potato pie and when your little sister smiles
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When Lonnie Collins Motion was seven years old, his life changed forever. Now Lonnie is eleven and his life is about to change again. His teacher, Ms. Marcus, is showing him ways to put his jumbled feelings on paper. And suddenly, Lonnie has a whole new way to tell the world about his life, his friends, his little sister, Lili, and even his foster mom, Miss Edna, who started out crabby but isn’t so bad after all. Award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson’s lyrical voice captures Lonnie’s thoughtful perspectives of the world and his determination to one day put a family together again.

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In a series of poems, eleven-year-old Lonnie writes about his life, after the death of his parents, separated from his younger sister, living in a foster home, and finding his poetic voice at school.

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