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Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
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Brown Girl Dreaming

by Jacqueline Woodson

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    Autobiography of a Family Photo by Jacqueline Woodson (susanbooks)
    susanbooks: Autobiography of a Familly Photo is a prose novel and stands beautifully on its own. Read alongside Brown Girl Dreaming, the earlier book seems like the nightmare, R-rated version of the later one. Both are stunning.
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Brown Girl Dreaming is a great book for all ages. It goes through the younger years of Jacqueline Woodson's life. it depicts her first homelife till her New York homelife. It teaches valuable lessons dealing with death, dreams, and finding one's way in the world. This book is truly one of the best books I have ever read in my life. ( )
  kyliewatts | Dec 2, 2018 |
Brown Girl Dreaming! will be a classic favorite in your classroom!! The writing style of Jacqueline Woodson is very well known, and appeals to all readers. This is the story of how Jacqueline Woodson became who she is through the triumphs, and tribulations during the civil rights movement! This is a poetry narrative which brings up a lot of topics for discussions to teach readers about slavery, education, the great migration, pica, dyslexia, family relations, religion, incarcerated family members, etc. Each student can relate to one or more of these characters. As we get to know the Woodson family, we have sympathy for them because of their hardship, and longing for equality. They eventually find light at the end of the tunnel, and Jacqueline Woodson tells her remarkable story through elements of love, humor, sadness, grief, and reality. It is highly recommended for students to read this diverse type of literature. ( )
  yzm2 | Dec 2, 2018 |
Brown Girl Dreaming was a very good book. It was kind of confusing in my personal opinion but I understood it at the end. It whelped me better understand the Civil Rights Movement. Overall it was a wonderful read and I would highly recommend it to college students and older adults. ( )
  SusannaRatcliff | Nov 29, 2018 |
This book is a book that I will recommend to others. It does a great job describing diversity. It also is an easy read yet it has a lot of detail. The way that the story is written follows a timeline of Jaqueline's life, and the story gives the reader a great understanding of who Jaqueline is as a person. ( )
  Gracieturbeville | Nov 29, 2018 |
This book was very inspiring and a easy read. i would highly suggest someone to read this book. Jacquline Woodson tells her life story and her family. She hits important subject and follows her dream of becoming a writer. A class of older children could read this book, i would say it is too deep for younger kids but 5th and hg=igher grades would love it. ( )
  taylorwarriner | Nov 27, 2018 |
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Hold fast to dreams/For if dreams die/Life is a broken-winged bird/That cannot fly.

Hold fast to dreams/For when dreams go/Life is a barren field/Frozen with snow.--Langston Hughes
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This book is for my family--past, present and future.  With love.
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I am born on a Tuesday at University Hospital Columbus, Ohio, USA--a country caught between Black and White.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0399252517, Hardcover)

Jacqueline Woodson, one of today's finest writers, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse.
 
Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child’s soul as she searches for her place in the world. Woodson’s eloquent poetry also reflects the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child. Her love of stories inspired her and stayed with her, creating the first sparks of the gifted writer she was to become.
 
Praise for Jacqueline Woodson:
Ms. Woodson writes with a sure understanding of the thoughts of young people, offering a poetic, eloquent narrative that is not simply a story . . . but a mature exploration of grown-up issues and self-discovery.”—The New York Times Book Review

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:14:21 -0400)

"Jacqueline Woodson, one of today's finest writers, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse. Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child's soul as she searches for her place in the world. Woodson's eloquent poetry also reflects the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child. Her love of stories inspired her and stayed with her, creating the first sparks of the gifted writer she was to become. Praise for Jacqueline Woodson: Ms. Woodson writes with a sure understanding of the thoughts of young people, offering a poetic, eloquent narrative that is not simply a story. but a mature exploration of grown-up issues and self-discovery."-The New York Times Book Review"--"The author shares her childhood memories and reveals the first sparks that ignited her writing career in free-verse poems about growing up in the North and South"--… (more)

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