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Locomotion Paperback – January 7, 2010
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Lonnie, who lost his parents in a fire, writes in first person in the book. He tells a story through poetic form of suddenly being left alone and separated from his little sister, Lili. Lonnie is encouraged by his teacher to write down all this thoughts as soon as they hit his brain. He writes about living in a foster home, visits with his sister and going to school each day. Lonnie continues his thoughts about the new kid in school, his friends and learning about sickle cell anemia for the first time. He writes of trying to believe in God, as his little sister has done, believing one day they will be together as a family. The most heart wrenching part was his words of about not having his parents with them anymore and learning that he and his sister would be living in separate homes.
I have never read such an enjoyable children's book as LOCOMOTION. Jacqueline Woodson has opened new doors of poetic style and humble offerings. Although this book is written for ages six to twelve, a book of this magnitude can be enjoyed by all ages. Several selections brought tears to my eyes and caused my heart and soul to interact with each word. The heartfelt meaning of why Lonnie was expressing himself through words was moving. Jacqueline Woodson has indeed written another award winning children's book.
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Black bodies, especially, black poor bodies are often only offered up as studies in pathology. Problems to gawk and gaze at. Growing up in a poor, predominantly black area, I have rarely read books where I recognize myself and my neighbors, even books supposedly speaking to our issues. I wouldn't say I could all the way see my self in the descriptions of the characters but it has been the closest I've ever come.
Jacqueline's simple novel presented black characters in a way I seldom see them written: nuanced, as human, with real family lives and realistic problems without making them overly extraordinary or otherwise arbitrary. It was a good read. I highly recommend.
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I used this book as a read aloud with my seventh grade students. It is amazon how engrossed they were in Lonnie's story. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ash T.
Wonderful book. Great starting point for discussion about difficult topics.Published 2 months ago by sarah
Interesting POV. Helps students see that poetry doesn't have to be a chore but that while it may be a struggle in the beginning, anyone can write.Published 9 months ago by Kimber