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Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
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Brown Girl Dreaming

by Jacqueline Woodson

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"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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    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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Just so incredible and lovely. The poetry is very accessible and there are moments that hit you, and I think this is just an incredible way to tell this story. I think kids who love first-person narratives about history would really love it; she manages to put so much nuance into it while also making it so approachable, and she balances her own story and what is possible with the larger history and her family story. Really just an incredible story, incredibly told, so if you have not read it definitely do, and pick up a copy for a kid in your life! ( )
  aijmiller | May 23, 2020 |
Jacqueline Woodson wrote this book in an easy to understand way. Each page was rather short, which helped the reader to not get burned out. Jacqueline was open with the readers and let them in on her life and everything she endured, good and bad. She also made it clear that people can overcome anything life throws at them and use it for good. ( )
  stephanieperry12 | Apr 26, 2020 |
This book is more so an autobiography of Jacqueline Woodson. It tells of her family struggles through outline when she was younger. Its a great book for students that want to learn more about the civil rights movements. It would be great way for students to realized that the 1960s weren't that long away and to be more aware of the privilege they have today. ( )
  BreeannahBarrientos | Apr 6, 2020 |
This book was written by Jacqueline Woodson to tell the story of her life growing up in America in the 1960's. Being a young black girl who was born to the descendants of former slaves in the Civil Rights Movement, Jacqueline's coming of age story is one of great importance to Black History. I gave this book five stars because I believe that her life and her story is so very important to black history and it was told very well in this book. This would be an amazing book to read in an English classroom because it is a memoir written by an actual black girl that grew up during the Civil Rights Movement and I think that is am important story that all students should know. ( )
  AlyssaLeach62599 | Apr 5, 2020 |
Brown girl dreaming tells the stroy of Jacqueline Woodson's childhood, in verse. She was raised in North Carolina and New York and she felt halfway home in each place. In her book, she describes what it is like to grow up as a black girl in the 1960's. She was growing up in the midst of the Civil Rights movement and the Jim Crow laws. I think this is an amazing story to read in a history class becasue it has a first person narrative of what it was like to growup in a time with a bunch of racial turmoil. I think this book can open peoples eyes to what it was like during this time in history. ( )
  kaitlynntoorcana | Mar 29, 2020 |
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Woodson, Jacquelineprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Farrokhzad, Athenasecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lindgreen, Astridsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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