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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)
Info:Putnam Juvenile (2001), Hardcover, 32 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:multicultural, picture book, friendship, change

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The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson



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I enjoyed reading this book for many reasons. First, I liked it because the theme of the story was about friendship. The characters in the story were very different and came from different backgrounds, but were similar in age. The illustrations in the story were very detailed and realistic, and I liked that. Each illustration correlated with the words and parts of the story. This book was based back during segregation but showed that whites and blacks could still be friends. This book was easy to read, and shared a powerful meaning. ( )
  Lwatso7 | Mar 23, 2015 |
I really enjoyed this book. It provides students with a chance to look at issues of race and equality. The story is about a white family and a black family that are neighbors. The young girls from both of the families notice each other from afar, but never interact. Eventually, the young white girl realizes how silly it is that she does not know anything about the girl who lives next door. She goes to the fence and strikes up a conversation. This leads to the children from both families playing and breaking down racial barriers. The illustrations in this story are done beautifully. There is not a lot of facial features, but everything else is drawn with detail and precision. This book is a great way to start talking about race and civil rights with young children.
  akern3 | Mar 22, 2015 |
This is a beautifully illustrated book with a beautiful message. When flipping through this story, you will see large and detailed illustrations that can tell the story without needing to read the words. The pictures show a young African American girl looking into her backyard where she sees a young Caucasian girl on the opposite side of a fence. Though they were separated at first and warned against going near one another, they eventually became friends. The big idea behind this story seems to be that differences don't make people incompatible. These girls were warned against being friends because they were different, but that didn't stop them from being friends in the end! This plot kept me engaged, hoping that the girls would overcome their obstacles before the story ended. This plot was organized with appropriate conflict. Finally, the language in this story was very passionate about change and acceptable. While keeping this story appropriate for children, there seems to be an underlying message of acceptance. On the last page, the main girl Annie says "one day this fence will be torn down". This message may seem simple to a young reader, but it has a strong theme of change. The fence, while in the story is a real fence, seems to also be referring to racism and a hope that it will soon end. This book would be a staple on a classroom bookshelf. ( )
  kwhite18 | Mar 22, 2015 |
Clover is Black and lives on one side of the fence. Annie is White and lives on the other side. Annie sits on the fence. The two watch each other as the days pass, but one day Clover bravely goes over to talk to Annie. The two become friends and play with each other. Clover even invites her other friends to play. This is a very good book to show children that it does not matter how a person looks or the color of their skin. They can still be friends. ( )
  dorthys | Mar 15, 2015 |
This was a wonderful book to read to my 3rd graders. They loved that the characters were about their age. This is a very complex message, shared in such a simple way. All children can relate to finding someone to play with, and being accepted by other children. We discussed the meaning of the fence at the end, and we talked about what a metaphor is. They made great connections to other stories we'd read regarding the same topic. They enjoyed the illustrations as well. ( )
  HeidiJones | Mar 15, 2015 |
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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.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:00:37 -0400)

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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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