Gr 1-4-A story of friendship across a racial divide. Clover, the young African-American narrator, lives beside a fence that segregates her town. Her mother instructs her never to climb over to the other side because it isn't safe. But one summer morning, Clover notices a girl on the other side. Both children are curious about one another, and as the summer stretches on, Clover and Annie work up the nerve to introduce themselves. They dodge the injunction against crossing the fence by sitting on top of it together, and Clover pretends not to care when her friends react strangely at the sight of her sitting side by side with a white girl. Eventually, it's the fence that's out of place, not the friendship. Woodson's spare text is easy and unencumbered. In her deft care, a story that might have suffered from heavy-handed didacticism manages to plumb great depths with understated simplicity. In Lewis's accompanying watercolor illustrations, Clover and her friends pass their summer beneath a blinding sun that casts dark but shallow shadows. Text and art work together beautifully.-Catherine T. Quattlebaum, DeKalb County Public Library, Atlanta, GA
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I would recommend this book for every library, every classroom and every home.
Such a simple act has great power and the book is perfect for primary and elementary learners, thought-provoking and beautifully illustrated.
This wonderful story shows just how confusing segregation is to children and how they resolve it for themselves.
Have you heard someone say, "It's always been that way! You can't change it!" No matter what the "it" is, the negative is always the same. Read morePublished 1 month ago by bee
I have been reading this story for many years to second graders. They really listen to hear about how two girls found a way to befriend each other across a division the adults put... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Barbara Durand
I bought this book to teach to my middle school students, it has lot's of figurative language in it! Buy it..Published 6 months ago by Mary Jackson
this is another book i got for my grandaughter and i was extremely pleased with the story line. it was easy for her to understand and i could tell that it caused her to consider... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jarrod Rollins
This book was new and new to me. It fit the bill. Thanks to the honest descriptions of the book!Published 8 months ago by lynettemiller
I really like this story for showing us that you can find friendship in the most unsuspecting places.I know the lesson is adversity. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jennie
What a great story and gentle way to introduce younger children to the concept of discrimination. The images will draw kids in as they capture the essence of childhood and will... Read morePublished 12 months ago by upstate reader
My students and I loved this sweet story as an addition to our study of Civil Rights and racism.
Would recommend it!
Our household library has a definite bent toward cross-cultural issues and this book belongs in it. I would give it five stars, if compared to just any book. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Arie Farnam