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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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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 |
This story was about a young white girl and a young African girl who wanted to become friends but a fence was in the middle of the way. They would play and sit all the time on the fence and their parents would never make them get off of it. At the end of the book, the little white girl says hopefully one day this fence will be gone. It might be hard for some students to understand but I think this book is about segregation. ( )
  emilyann93 | Sep 18, 2014 |
Clover lives on one side of the wooden fence with white people on the other side. Her mom tells her not to go over the fence because it is not safe. Clover soon sees a white girl named Anna and they start a friendship. They sit on the fence together so that they are not breaking the adults' rules though.
This is a very insightful book into the life of a little African-American girl during the times of segregation. This provides other readers for an ability to understand how it was for children during this time. Children are innocent to most of what is happening in the world. The children had not idea why they could not play with each other except that they knew that this was just the way things were. The emotions between both girls was expressed very well through their facial expressions. The illustrator did a great job of expressing these emotions on the girls faces. I feel that this a very insightful book and can help children break down any other existing racial barriers.
The central message of this book is to not pay attention to the color of a person's skin, but rather the friendship that you could gain from this person. Children are constantly making new friends and should be able to see friendship possibilities in everyone. Racial barriers that still exist today should not be important and eliminated so that the younger generations of children will not have these issues to deal with any further. ( )
  mwade4 | Sep 16, 2014 |
Good book to teach about segregation. It can be used to show that sometimes in society there are norms or implied rules that sometimes are not just or right, and it's ok to question things and be a critical thinker. Authority isn't always correct.
  hugo.johnson | Aug 13, 2014 |
This book is about how two little girls one white and one black struggle to understand the racial struggles that are in her world.
  iceangel456 | Jun 12, 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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