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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:K-3, Friendship, Easy, Multicultural

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In my opinion this is a fantastic book. First, I liked the book because the illustrations really fit the written text. When I viewed the pictures, they matched up to what my image of the story was. When the author had said "they were divided by a fence", I pictured a wooden, brown fence, and that's exactly what was on the page. In addition, this book caused suspense as to whether either girl, the White girl or African American girl, were going to go against their parents and play on the opposite side of the fence. The message of this story is that you should not let skin color determine one's friendship. ( )
  vziolk1 | Sep 13, 2016 |
This book, The Other Side, tells the story of two young girls, one African American and one white, and their journey in becoming friends when racial relations would expect the opposite. I enjoyed the book because it pushes the reader to think about the meaning of friendship. The main message shared with young readers is despite differences anyone can be friends and to always be inclusive towards others. This strong moral message is important for young readers and allows them to think of tough issues in past and present society as well as their own personal lives. I also enjoyed this book because the characters are young like the students who would be reading this book. Clover and Annie, the two main girls, do the same activities the readers would do—for example, the girls would play jump rope and jump in rain puddles together which is something the young readers can relate to. The activities the girls play and the story line help create believable and well-developed characters. I would rank this book a five out of five for its colorful pictures, readability, relate-ability and moral message that young children would enjoy. ( )
  landre8 | Sep 9, 2016 |
This is a great book to read during black history month. Teaches about segregation. This book would also be good for teaching about characters, settings, and events. Students could also do a writing about how they felt when reading the book.
  Kendralpayne | Sep 6, 2016 |
I very much enjoyed reading this book. I am definitely a supporter of mixed races coming together as one and this is exactly what this book is about. The two little girls were both very curious about something that both of their mothers told them not to bother with; they wanted to find out who/what was on the other side of the fence and when they did a new friendship arose. ( )
  Neshia.Rowe | Aug 21, 2016 |
Clover and Annie live on either side of a fence that separates the "white side" of town with the "black side". The girls have both been warned by their mothers not to cross to the other side. The girls watch each other from their respective sides. Their friendship begins with smiles and nods until they are sitting side by side on the fence. Finally, the girls are playing together on one side. The book ends with Annie saying, "Someday somebody is going to come along and knock this old fence down." The metaphor for the divide is powerful. This complicated adult issue is made simple by how the children in this book treat it. The illustrations in this book echo both the darkness of this divide and the brightness of hope demonstrated by the girls. ( )
  RebeccaRyan | Jul 18, 2016 |
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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 Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:23:18 -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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