Brown Girl DreamingBook - 2014
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
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Like many people, I spent a fair amount of time in my teenage years writing poetry. Some of it was quite good (I even won some state-wide awards for it!), but most of it was pretty average. Eventually I stopped feeling the urge to write, and gradually poetry went from being a daily part of my life to something I thought about rarely, if at all. In the past couple of years, though, I’ve… (more)
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Woodson's poetry feels like getting hit in the head with a beach ball -- it doesn't hurt as much as it could have, but it sure was direct. "When my sister sees us / pretending to smoke, she shakes her head. / That's why Daddy died, she says. / After that / me and Maria peel the paper off, /... Read More »
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From the summer reading book list, I decided to read the book titled, " Brown Girl Dreaming" by Jaqueline Woodson. This book was a bout Jaqueline Woodson's life and all the challenges she overcame. One of the main reasons I chose to read this book was because during the school year my library teacher took us to the central library near prospect park to meet the author of this book, Jacqueline Woodson. Ms. Woodson explained how the book, and many of her other books, was structured and what they were about. She also explained what inspired her to write specific sections of this book. While reading this book I witnessed many of the things which Jaqueline had talked about in her speech. One thing that caught my attention in her speech and the book was the structure of the book. This book was made up of many short stories and poem, put together as 'chapters', to show a specific memory in her life. My library teacher explained to us that Jaqueline Woodson said that she created her book in this format because it shows that you don't remember every detail about your past. You can only remember certain moments that stood out. Hearing this reminded me of how much work goes into writing a book. Final thoughts? Well I really liked the different techniques Ms. Woodson use, such as foreshadowing. one example of this is that she had said her grandfather was constantly coughing and out of breath, foreshadowing that he was sick and would soon die. the book was so well written that I felt as sad as Jaqueline did when her grandfather passed away. I rate it a five out of five!
This book is written in free verse. I listened to it on CD and heard the poetry of Woodson’s words. This book is also on the list of The Best 75 Books in the Last 75 Years. Quite an accomplishment! And I agree that it belongs on this list. I was enchanted by Woodson’s memoir about growing up in South Carolina, Ohio, and New York during the Civil Rights Movement. Woodson is also a winner of many awards – The Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults, the recipient of three Newbery Honors for After Tupac and D Foster, Feathers, and Show Way, and a two-time finalist for the National Book Award for Locomotion and Hush. Other awards include the Coretta Scott King Award and Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Miracle’s Boys. In 2014, she was short-listed for the Hans Christian Anderson Award for her lasting contributions to children’s literature.
I want to read more by this enriching author.
"Brown Girl Dreaming" by Jacqueline Woodson, is a gorgeous memoir written in poetic voice. This book has won nearly every literary award out there, and for good reason. It's mesmerizing. A fluid read, Woodson shares her story of growing up black in the South and NYC during the era of MLK. A book of such beautiful insight, I'm thinking about purchasing a copy for our home library.
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