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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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This is yet another great picture-book to introduce students to the concept of the segregation that occurred. It also shows the importance of friendships and overlooking prejudice. This book could be used for all age ranges to teach this content or it could just stand-alone and be read aloud. The illustrations are vivid and the fence is a focal point to the book. ( )
  bmsherid | Nov 11, 2014 |
This was a great story. I really liked how it deals with the history of racism. The illustrations were cool colors and detailed which set the mood to be calm. The book was about a long fence that separated two girls' houses, one white one black. The girls always looked at each other over the fence and when they asked why they couldn't go over to the other side their mother's always said "because that's the way things have always been". One day the two girls decided to sit on the fence together, because their mother's had never said anything about sitting on it. They eventually got their other friends to join in and sit on it, and the races were mixed for the first time. At the end of the book one of the girls said "someday somebody's going to come along and knock this old fence down". This was great symbolism, because the fence symbolized racism, and how one day it's going to be knocked down too. I really loved this story because it was heartfelt and realistic. My favorite part was when the girls met on the fence and talked for the first time. I think that this is a great book for children of all ages because it shows that everyone's equal no matter what side of the "fence" you live on. ( )
  lgrube4 | Nov 10, 2014 |
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 |
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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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