Brown Girl Dreaming

Jacqueline Woodson
Jacqueline Woodson's National Book Award and Newbery Honor winner, now available in paperback with 7 all new poems.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.Includes 7 new poems, including "Brown Girl Dreaming". Praise for Jacqueline Woodson:Ms. Woodson writes with a sure understanding of the thoughts of young people, offering a poetic, eloquent narrative that is not simply a story . . . but a mature exploration of grown-up issues and self-discovery.”—The New York Times Book Review

Reviews

Reviewed: 2020-01-06
Beautiful coming of age memoir written in prose that is as accessible as it is lyrical. Layers of explored identity include Ms Woodson’s race, birth order, loss, love and following her passion to be a writer. As the numerous book awards suggest, this is a wonderful read that you won,t want to end. Bliss
Reviewed: 2019-06-15

I really liked this book. The only reason I did not give this book a 5 star is that for me when books are written in verse, it is a little harder for me to understand, however, I really enjoyed this book and the writing was magnificent. I don't know how much of the story I truly understood, but the writing was so nice and relaxful and since it was in verse, took very little time to read. 

Reviewed: 2019-02-25

[audiobook version] This unabridged audiobook was in electronic format and listened to through the use of the phone app, "Libby". Poetry is often meant to be read aloud, and there is no better reader than the original writer. Thus, in this rendition, the listener is gifted with the opportunity to hear the words as Jacqualine Woodson wished them to be heard because she, herself, is reading them. The quality of the recording was perfect, and I never had to adjust my volume even while Woodson adjusted hers, adding emphasis to words as she deemed necessary. This production did not have any background effects and I believe that their addition would have taken away from the understanding of the prose. I did not recognize any separate voices for characters, but Woodson's tone and cadence could change slightly as she read, which added depth. The audiobook closes with an author's note and thanks, both of which give the listener more understanding of the work she put into creating this book. I found the listening to be highly engaging, as if I were being told a story by a family member. I could almost feel myself, as a child again, sitting crosslegged on the floor in front of a fire and looking up at the storyteller. As is a habit for me, I had the book out while I was listening. The only thing that I have to note is that the printed version shows more of the emphasis Woodson wanted in her pieces because she used spacing elements that do not translate to spoken word, however I do not feel as if anything was lost between the two. I would suggest that the audiobook be used in conjunction with the printed book because both have value, this would also give older students a chance to discuss differences between printed and audio formats. Though this book is suggested for 5 - 8, I think that it could have expanded use in a high school setting if used to deepen discussions of literature formats or of historical perspective.

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