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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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This is a great book for a compare/contrast between books. Students could compare this book to the boy in the striped pajamas with a venn diagram.
  whitneyosborne | Apr 25, 2016 |
This was a great picture book for all students. It talked about how two kids wanted to be friends but were told they weren't allowed to be by their parents because they were different. The other difference between the children was the color of their skin. As the reader I felt as though this book was talking about the racial issues that use to be about white and colored people being civil with each other. I think this a great book and shows diversity and lessons for all students. I think the message throughout this book was that no matter what people look like, where they are from and what they believe in you should accept everything and be kind to everyone. I think this is a great book for all ages to read, and as for adults to read. It shows how parents have a large influence on their children lives and how it is important to teach your children to love and accept others. The language throughout this picture book was simple, and descriptive, and was relatable to everyone in some way. ( )
  tkoret1 | Apr 17, 2016 |
Genre: historical fiction
Why it fits this genre: The book takes place in the

I would use this book to:
1. present students to historical fiction books.
2. begin a lesson about segregation in the 1800-1900's.

Summary: This book is about a girls named Clover who is asked by her mother to stay on there side of the fence because white people live on the other side. One day, a white girl named Anna asks Clover and her friends if she can play with them but one boy says no. From her house, Clover observes the girl playing outside happily and freely. One day, Clover decides to get close to the fence and is asked by Anna if she wants to play. Clover agrees and the two girls become great friends.

Media: watercolor

Critique: "The Other Side" is a great example of historical fiction because it is set in the past. For example, the story takes place in the segregated South. The book also does a good job of including details of what life was like during that time. For example, Clover's mom told her not to go near the fence because the other side was where the white people lived. This is something that was common for parents to tells their children during this time. ( )
  DaliaL. | Apr 16, 2016 |
"The Other Side" is a story about two young girls who are not allowed to cross sides of the fence near their homes due to the fact that they are segregating races. It's a great book to teach students about segregation, especially since it is coming from a child's standpoint and not just from a history background full of facts. ( )
  cbuquet5 | Apr 10, 2016 |
Genre: Historical fiction.
Review: "The Other Side" is a picture book about a girl named Clover who lives by a fence that separates the town into a white side and a black side. She is told to never go to the other side. She begins noticing a girl from the white side who stands by the fence and looks at her. Over time, they develop a friendship and sit on the fence together. I liked this book and I think it is a good example of historical fiction because it took place in the past and centered on something that was really happening: there were fences that divided many towns. The author also uses language that was common during that time, though it is understandable for children today.
Use: I would use this book in class to begin a conversation about segregation and civil rights. I could also use it to have students study themes of the book: segregation, friendship, etc. This book is great for encouraging deeper thinking and bringing up questions, so I think using it as an introduction would work well.
Media: Watercolors ( )
  jbohall14 | Apr 6, 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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