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The Other Side Hardcover – January 15, 2001
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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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This story shows two youngsters, one black and one white, that come to bridge the gap by making a simple gesture of sitting on the fence that comes between their two homes.
Such a simple act has great power and the book is perfect for primary and elementary learners, thought-provoking and beautifully illustrated.
Another main point is that children can teach adults a lot about getting along and accepting people for who they are. The book is written for children to understand and also for adults to learn about how it was for children and parents in the past. The Other Side is a great realistic fiction book and will teach people of all ages about history of segregation.
Not just about two little girls, but about big problems. The white girl can't go and play with the black girl because of a dumb fence. Even though it seperates them over time the two girls sit on the fence, symbolizing not all people were racist, and that two colors can mix. The Other Side is a perfect example of a heavy problem turned into a children's book. This book tells that many attempts to segregate have been acting like they are working but they really arent.
If you don't think this is a good book you are wrong. YOu are wrong becuase what other kind of book can tell something like this? Many kid's stories aren't carefree, they actually have issues. I think that Jacqueline WOodson is a great author to be able to do something like this.
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My all time favorite book! I give it to my Children's teachers for Christmas!!!Published 1 month ago by Jeanann Hardee
A story about being separated by a fence and how, with time, this fence is not a division after all.Published 4 months ago by Ka Cl
I like the watercolour painting of this book.Published 6 months ago by Siti Norazariah bt. Mohd Rashid
I used this story for a Read Aloud with my fourth grade students. I like that it is a deep subject that is handled from a child's perspective.Published 10 months ago by Tracy L. Figgins
This is a fantastic book. I've met the author and illustrator and was happy to get another copy of the book.Published 10 months ago by Bonnie L.