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.
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What a interesting and lovely novel in verse biography. I'm crossing my fingers and hope it wins the Newbery Award.
I don't usually like books of poetry but Jacqueline Woodson's book Brown Girl Dreaming captivated me and hooked me from the very first poem. I really enjoyed that she narrated her own book because it made me feel even more connected to her. It is definitely worth a lesson!
The Book Snob for Paris Life Magazine.
I do love poetry but I don't give it the time I should because I'd rather have a story. This is a story in poetry, a powerful, sometimes difficult to face, sweet, thought filled, poetic stream by a girl whose young life was a study in opposites, and who believes in opposites coming together some day. I do, too. Thank you Jaqueline with a J and a Q for inspiring me to keep on believing and for taking me through your journey with such grace.
I can so relate to this story it warms me inside. I am a brown girl and have little brown girls who can see themselves in her stories, even tho we've never stepped one foot in south carolina. it makes you home sick for a place you've never been, but at the same time as an African American the rituals and traditions are the same through our own family. so I become warm with memories. I love this and will have my kids listen to it for thier reading. especially for my imaginatively dreaming 8 year old who loves making stories, but struggles to write :)
I am a live storyteller who devours huge amounts of audio books to study classics and new books so I can tell new stories.
Brown Girl Dreaming is unusual as it is a memoir composed of chronological poems that tells the story of a black girl coming into her own as a reader and writer.
I love the poems best. They were detailed and had a firm grasp of people and place.
No other person besides Jacqueline Woodson could read her book. She knew how the characters sounded because she lived with them in real life. She also brought great love, wisdom, and compassion to her reading.
I laughed at scenes I recognized from my own life.
This is a superb read. The book had been sitting around the house unread for years because I did not have the time. Only when I sold the book did I desire to experience it to see why it won the National Book Award for Young Adults. Audible helped me enjoy the book as an audio experience.
I've read 3 other books by Jaqueline Woodson and loved them all.
However, in listening to Ms. Woodson tell her own story, I feel I got to meet the author personally and watch her blossoming into the perceptive, poetic writer that she is. amidst the setting of her loving
family and an important shift in our history.
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