My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Publication Date: August 28th, 2014
Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 10+
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Memoir, Social Issues
Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child’s soul as she searches for her place in the world. Woodson’s eloquent poetry also reflects the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child. Her love of stories inspired her and stayed with her, creating the first sparks of the gifted writer she was to become.
brown girl dreaming, tu es formidable.
The more I look at this poetic memoir, the more I fall in love. These short poems have imprinted themselves onto my heart. They long to be remembered. And they will be, because they are powerful and true and incomparable.
brown girl dreaming, tu es inoubliable.
Jacqueline Woodson grew up in the North, with her mother, her father and her sister, and then she grew up in the South, with her mother, her sister, her brother and her grandparents, after her mother left her father. Her grandpa became her new Daddy. Later, she also grew up in the in-between North and South, New York.
brown girl dreaming, tu es une illumination.
Jackie wanted to read and write and dream and play, and the people around her wanted change and equality and marches. Her family sat at the back when they took the bus—they had to behave, they were oppressed, like all black people in and before the 60s. Yes, things have changed since the 19th century—slavery, for instance, was abolished—but not nearly enough.
brown girl dreaming, tu es une merveille.
By broaching such important topics, like segregation, equal treatment, movement, racism and oppression, this beautiful and moving memoir makes the reader think seriously about what it means to be human, what it means to be tolerated, accepted and loved. It’s important we don’t forget about the past, because we have to do everything in our means not to repeat it.
brown girl dreaming, tu es vraie.
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