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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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The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson

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This is really such a great picture book! It is about two young girls who are separated by a fence and are told to never go over it. Both girls keep an eye on each other throughout the story. Eventually, they decide that it is acceptable for them to sit on top of the fence, and from then on they are the best of friends. Readers can tell by the clothing the characters wear that the story takes place long ago in a time that is unfamiliar. This is a beautiful book that touches on segregation and overcoming segregation. Even though these two little girls were not supposed to be friends because they were different races they overcame this terrible norm. Neither one of these girls knew exactly why they were not supposed to be friends, which means kids do not really see color as being an issue. That is a learned trait. ( )
  cedoyle | Feb 4, 2016 |
In a story where segregation divides a town, with the whites on one side, and the blacks on the other, two young girls , one white, one black, meet at the fence line and defy the boundaries. Since both Clover and Annie's mothers had told them they were not to cross over to the other side of the fence, they each stayed on their own side and gazed at one another. Then one day, the two of them began talking and sat on top of the fence. They became friends and shocked Clover's other friends. After a while, Clover's friends joined the two of them up on the fence, bringing two cultures together once and for all.
Although the author intended for the setting to be present day, the illustrations of Lewis showed otherwise. The pictures presented a Southern town, around the 1950's, when segregation divided two cultures. The fence emphasized the segregation. The boundary was made clear, which is why the friendship of the two young girls was so shocking. During that time, it was no acceptable for white people to befriend black people, or vice versa. However, even race does not stand in the way of these two girls. The moral of the story was that cultures should not be divided. ( )
  srmorgan | Feb 4, 2016 |
Clover was an African American girl and Annie was a Caucasian girl who lived next to each other but were separated by a fence. Both of the young girls were told by their mothers “Don’t climb over that fence when you play.” Living next door to each other during a time of segregation was when curiosity grew, especially when they were not allowed to play together. One-day after the rain stops Clover says “I felt she felt brave that day”, that is when Clover approaches Annie and they begin talking and sitting on the fence together. The two girls begin to play rope with the other girls on Clover’s side of the fence and they all become friends. The girls don’t know why they are not able to play on the opposite sides of the fence, but they are both eager to be friends. They say one day the separation the fence holds would be over and they would be free to play together. A great book to discuss segregation to children in a kid friendly manner. This book shows children that we are able to have friends of any race, no matter what fence is up in the world. ( )
  cchaney | Jan 29, 2016 |
I loved how this book brought together two races. It really shows the innocence of children and how hate is bread. ( )
  glguerra | Nov 28, 2015 |
little boy and girl can't cross the fence so they make a friendship out of sitting on the fence. ( )
  akd010 | Nov 21, 2015 |
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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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