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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
Rating:*****
Tags:multicultural, picture book, friendship, change

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The Other Side is an excellent book for younger readers that is a great introduction for discussing our country's struggles with segregation. Even though Annie's mother tells her never to cross the fence, they eventually, over time, decide that the fence is stopping them from playing with each other. The allegory of racism and segregation is fairly obvious, however this is a great starting point to a discussion with younger ones about looking past people's differences, or at least having those differences not be a barrier to friendship.
  jmitra1 | Oct 25, 2014 |
The Other Side was a cute little book that ( )
  abenne6 | Oct 20, 2014 |
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 |
The Other Side
“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 |
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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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