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.
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 1 month 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 1 month ago by Bonnie L.
Love Love Love this endearing story. It will make you cry and smile while reading it because you can transport yourself right on those pages. Share this truth with your children. Read morePublished 2 months ago by ATrueShopaholic!
Great story to initiate different discussions on race and theme.Published 4 months ago by B. Conner