Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Brown Girl DreamingBrown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Award-winning writer Jacqueline Woodson explores her childhood and family life in this memoir in verse. Born in the middle of the civil rights era to a Northern father and Southern mother, Woodson unravels her understanding of home and her growth as a future writer.

If someone had taken
that book out of my hand
said, You're too old for this
I'd never have believed
that someone who looked like me
could be in the pages of the book
that someone who looked like me
had a story.

There are five-star books and then there is BROWN GIRL DREAMING. It is in a category all its own. With such hope and love on every page, I raced through it once and then flipped back to linger over pages that I had marked.

I hope teachers use this book in their classrooms. I hope adults ignore that it is shelved in the children's section and read it anyway. The emotion and beauty transcend age.

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