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The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson

The Other Side (edition 2001)

by Jacqueline Woodson, E. B. Lewis (Illustrator)

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Title:The Other Side
Authors:Jacqueline Woodson
Other authors:E. B. Lewis (Illustrator)
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Tags:multicultural, picture book, friendship, change

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The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson




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In this book there are two little girls, one is white and one is black. They are neighbors but there is a very strong fence that separates their yards and also their friendship. Both of their parents warned them to not cross the fence. They spent a lot of time staring at each other from their side of the fence. They never crossed. Eventually, they decided to speak to each other. They sat on the fence together and talked as friends.
This book teaches young children about how segregated things were in the past. It shows them that you are not born a racist but you are instead taught to be one. The two girls had no clue as to why they could not be friends with each other. They only knew that they were both the same age and wanted to play jump rope with each other in the back yard. ( )
  hschmill22 | Oct 2, 2014 |
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“The Other Side” by Jacqueline Woodson is a book I chose because of the cover. The cover caught my eye because of the painting of the African American little girl on the tire swing and the Caucasian girl watching from the fence. The picture is beautifully painted and realistic. As I opened the book, the pictures continued to be just as realistic and intriguing to the reader. The mood of the book is captured with the illustrator using mostly tones of yellow, green and brown. The character is believable and well developed by putting the reader in the position of a child’s perspective on segregation. “When I asked my mama why, she said, “Because that’s the way things have always been”.” Young readers today probably only read about segregation and fortunately not experienced it. This book tells a story that flows and is organized so that readers can have better understanding and empathy for the historical aspect of segregation. The book provides opportunity for readers to be empathetic. “But every time it rained, I looked for that girl. And I always found her. Somewhere near the fence.” The character has a longing as a child to make friends and the only barrier is the metaphor of the fence. The big idea is children wanted to play and didn’t see the same color barriers adult felt during that time. ( )
  areyno5 | Oct 1, 2014 |
Jaqueline Woodson writes a wonderful story about two little girls from different backgrounds who become friends. The book is written in the time of segregation, and this conflicting subject is brilliantly represented by a fence in this story. The girls are not supposed to cross to the other side but their innocence and their wish to become friends is stronger and they find a way to not break any rules. It is a story very well written that could be used in a classroom to discuss segregation with the students from a different point of view. ( )
  cvarela | Sep 27, 2014 |
This story was about a young white girl and a young African girl who wanted to become friends but a fence was in the middle of the way. They would play and sit all the time on the fence and their parents would never make them get off of it. At the end of the book, the little white girl says hopefully one day this fence will be gone. It might be hard for some students to understand but I think this book is about segregation. ( )
  emilyann93 | Sep 18, 2014 |
Clover lives on one side of the wooden fence with white people on the other side. Her mom tells her not to go over the fence because it is not safe. Clover soon sees a white girl named Anna and they start a friendship. They sit on the fence together so that they are not breaking the adults' rules though.
This is a very insightful book into the life of a little African-American girl during the times of segregation. This provides other readers for an ability to understand how it was for children during this time. Children are innocent to most of what is happening in the world. The children had not idea why they could not play with each other except that they knew that this was just the way things were. The emotions between both girls was expressed very well through their facial expressions. The illustrator did a great job of expressing these emotions on the girls faces. I feel that this a very insightful book and can help children break down any other existing racial barriers.
The central message of this book is to not pay attention to the color of a person's skin, but rather the friendship that you could gain from this person. Children are constantly making new friends and should be able to see friendship possibilities in everyone. Racial barriers that still exist today should not be important and eliminated so that the younger generations of children will not have these issues to deal with any further. ( )
  mwade4 | Sep 16, 2014 |
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Follows the story of two girls who become friends in a very difficult time. This happens during segregation in a small town. The girls use their power to try and change things.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0399231161, Hardcover)

Clover's mom says it isn't safe to cross the fence that segregates their African-American side of town from the white side where Anna lives. But the two girls strike up a friendship, and get around the grown-ups' rules by sitting on top of the fence together.

With the addition of a brand-new author's note, this special edition celebrates the tenth anniversary of this classic book. As always, Woodson moves readers with her lyrical narrative, and E. B. Lewis's amazing talent shines in his gorgeous watercolor illustrations.

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Two girls, one white and one black, gradually get to know each other as they sit on the fence that divides their town.

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