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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:K-3, Friendship, Easy, Multicultural

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The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson



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Two girls, one black and one white, are curious about each other in a time when it is not safe for them to be friends, so their parents think. Over the summer they work up the courage to tear the fences down between black and white.
  annereid1 | Mar 20, 2017 |
GREAT story to use for symbolism and inferences, and connections to text, self, and world ( )
  rri002 | Mar 3, 2017 |
In this story there are two little girls who live on opposite sides of a long fence. On one side, there is a little African American girl and on the other there is a little white girl. Both of their mothers said that they should not cross the fence, but they get curious when they see one another playing on the other side of the fence. The little white girl, Annie, meets the little African American girl, Clover one day and they begin talking to each other as they sit on the fence. By the end of the book, the group of African American children allowed Annie to play jump rope with them. They all played alongside each other that summer.
This book is a good example of realistic fiction because the characters, setting, and plot are realistic. This book could be considered a historical fiction book as well, but there are no explicit time markers, just implications of the time period through the relationships between the children and the clothes they are wearing in the pictures. But, since there are no explicit time markers, I'm categorizing this book as realistic fiction. It is realistic because the characters are realistic people, the setting shown is one that could very well exist, and the struggle between crossing societal standards is a realistic one.
Media: pencil and watercolor
Age Appropriateness: late primary- intermediate
  khofer15 | Mar 3, 2017 |
The Other Side is a great book to read because it gradually introduces the topic of segregation. The water coloring of the illustrations are also meaningful as well as the symbolism of the fence in the story. The topic of segregation is never explicitly stated in the book but utilizing the characters of the book and setting of the book, Woodson allows reader to realize the separation. The adult figures and some of Clover's friends warn and hint at the "invisiblility" of a line in the eyes of a child during this time. Both Clover and Annie seem to have interest in each other and want to play with each other but because of the predisposed warnings from both sides they cannot. This topic of segregation also introduces the symbolism of the fence. Although it is a physical separation between both races, the symbolic meaning towards the end of the book gives the fence a new meaning than just its apparent role as a fence. When the girls all sit on the fence, the symbolism of the fence as segregation turns to the fence being a place where both sides can come together in unity. The unity is greatly enhanced by the water color median used by E.B.Lewis who is known for his water coloring techniques. As the water colors mix with each other and form a picture, this supports the idea of unification rather than separation. This is most evident in the scene when Annie is helping Clover climb the fence. Both are wearing bright yellow colors that represent unification of color. The Other Side is a great book for both students and teachers to read! ( )
  sryoo1 | Feb 28, 2017 |
I loved this book. This is the story of two little girls, one black and one white, whose houses are separated by a fence. Both of their parents told them that they were not allowed to go over the fence. The girls spent weeks observing each other and not saying anything. Eventually, thy communicated and spent their time sitting on the fence with each other. I liked this book because it shows how pure children are. These girls did not understand why they were separated by the fence. They just wanted to be friends. This book shows that skin color does not matter when it comes to making new friends. ( )
  pwalke10 | Feb 27, 2017 |
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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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