Brown Girl Dreaming
Most of the time I'm not a fan of biographies or novels in verse but Brown Girl Dreaming changed my mind completely. I feel like Jacqueline Woodson told her life in a very unique and interesting way. If it wasn't written in a novel in verse format, the book would've changed tremendously, in my perspective.. The way this book was written almost makes you feel like you're living it. Personally, I got completely drawn into the book and I had to read the book as soon as possible. As an African American girl I feel I can relate with the author a lot. While segregation has come to an end i still experience some things that happen to Woodson and I understand her pain.
While Woodson took us through her life the reader got to understand a little more about what life was like growing up in the 1960s and 70s. We got to experience life as a small African American female in an urban environment in Brooklyn, New York, where life was chaotic. We also experienced life in South Carolina where segregation was everywhere and life was a little more laid back. In this book it makes you feel all the ups and downs that the author went through. From her brother being in the emergency room months at a time to the ending of segregation and hard times. This emotional yet amazing novel in verse is probably one of the best biographies I've read. In addition, I plan on reading more books this author has published.
- Racial Segregation in the South.
- More on the Jehovah Witness religion. Jacqueline Woodson grew up as a Witness.
- 1960s and 70s in Brooklyn, New York through one man's camera lens.
- Why children eat paint chips. Roman, Woodson's younger brother, ate paint chips as a kid and landed in the hospital for a long time.
- More information on Jacqueline Woodson's life and her website.
The Watsons Go to Birmingham is a story about a family of 5's trip to the South during the 1960s. Just like Brown Girl Dreaming it is set in the 60s when segregation is till around. In both books, we experience life in the North and South through hard times and Jim crow laws. Both books also show that the love and bonds between these families are amazing and they can get through any hardships. Both book have also one a Newberry Honor Award and a Coretta Scott King award.
While I read Mississippi Bridge in 5th grade, it shares a strong message. While this book is set 30 years earlier than Brown Girl Dreaming, segregation was still occurring of course. One main problem that happened in both books is the bus issue. During segregation, blacks sit in the back while whites sit up front. If you didn't obey the rules you could be arrested. So in both books the children had to make sure they were following all the Jim crow laws. Also, in both books the children are going to visit their grandmothers down South.
You Have a Brain is another great biography/ self help book. Ben Carson also struggled with his grades as a kid just like Jacqueline Woodson did. Woodson and Carson also had to make pretty big moves and both experienced bullying at their new schools. Even though both didn't have the best childhood they found things that were interesting to them and became very successful as adults.
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