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Coming on Home Soon (Caldecott Honor Book) Hardcover – October 7, 2004
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In the midst of World War II, black women have an unprecedented chance to work various jobs up North in Chicago while the men are away fighting. So Ada Ruth's mama is off to take a chance. She's leaving her daughter with Grandma and will be back when she's made enough money for the three of them. This is hard on her little daughter but she writes regularly to her mother and hopes for the best. She even finds a kitten to adopt, though Grandma keeps telling her not to get too attached to it. Through the rain, then the snow, as the months pass and time goes by Ada Ruth keeps track of the time and is finally rewarded, one day, with a most precious letter.
It's odd for me to write out the plot of the story. Having read through it, I was under the distinct impression that it was a deeply involved story. And to some extent, it is. But it's not easy to summarize. Maybe that's because Woodson's prose is so deft and practical. She peppers the story with emotional moments and unconscious details of what it was like to live in the past. There are gutsy choices in the text as well.Read more ›
This story is heart breaking because you can feel the sadness in Ada Ruth's heart. She misses her mother terribly and she waits so patiently for her return. Finally when mama returns home the story becomes a heartwarming reunion.
Jacqueline Woodson knows just how to tug at the heartstrings. When Mama's letter arrives, after so many days of the mailman bypassing the house, there is almost breathless anticipation as Grandma whispers, "Thank you, Lord." At this point as I'm reading the book to my kids, I have to stop and compose myself. This is a powerful book that demands to be read again and again. My daughter is constantly asking to read "the book where Mom gets a job." I eagerly pick it up and pull her onto my lap. And we hug. "Thank you, Lord."
This book was written during the war, when men have all went off to fight leaving home the women and children to make ends meet when sometimes there wasn't but just very little to make ends meet with. And the characters are black making it that much more harder, in a time when blacks weren't allowed to do as much as whites.
The little girl's mother has to go away to find work, and she does working on the railroad. The little girl has to stay with her Grandma. Just the two of them day in and day out. Trying to hold onto any type of memories to help them hold onto hope while they wait for the mailman to bring a letter. Time passes and it seems there will never be a happy ending...
This book is a nice one to be able to read with your older child to help them understand loss, and loneliness and having hope that things will work out. And how life was back when there wasn't television, phones, or electronic devises
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super beautiful illustrations but the story line is quite depressing and bleak with no drama. Beautiful art though. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Lovely book with excellent illustrations. It has inspired me to write.Published 13 months ago by Marcia A. Ming
Coming On Home Soon is a touching story about a young girl, Ada Ruth, and her grandmother as they worry and wait for a letter from Ada’s mother who left to search for work in... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Shelli
You can never go wrong with a Jacqueline Woodson book. My 5th graders love to hear and discuss her books. Read morePublished 17 months ago by pirateteacher
Great book for use in teaching the writing process while also touching on Black History.Published 17 months ago by KSS
I bought this for the illustrations. I also love the story, EB Lewis is my illustration mentor. I love his watercolorsPublished 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
"Coming On Home Soon" by Jacqueline Woodson is a beautifully illustrated, well written Children's Picture Book in an almost non-rhyming poetic style. Ms. Read morePublished on July 12, 2013 by White Fang