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Woodson, Jacqueline.
New York : Putnam's, 2004.
IL K-3, RL 1.5
ISBN 0399237488

(2 booktalks)

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Booktalk #1

"Ada Ruth.  I'll be coming home soon."  Ada Ruth's mother has left to find work in the city.  World War II is raging in Europe and the men have left jobs to fight.  Now the railroad is hiring women to replace them.  And the family sure needs the money.  So Ada Ruth and Grandma wait as the days go by with no word from Chicago.

Booktalk #2

ďAda Ruth. Iíll be coming home soon.Ē Times are hard during World War II. Men have gone off to fight in the war leaving the women behind to provide for their families. Ada Ruth must stay with her Grandma while her mama goes to work on the railroad in Chicago. Grandma and Ada Ruth do their best to get by living off the little they have left and what the land can provide. The winter is hard and cold, and the war just goes on and on. Ada Ruth tries to wait patiently for the day Mama comes home, but even Grandma finds it hard at times. Finally, letters and money from Mama start to arrive, and the day draws near when the family will be reunited.  (Prepared by: Cerese Long for SCASL Picture Book Awards, 2007-2008)

SUBJECTS:     Separation (Psychology) -- Fiction.
                        Mother and child -- Fiction.
                        Grandmothers -- Fiction.
                        African Americans -- Fiction.
                        World War, 1939-1945 -- United States -- Fiction.
                        Historical fiction.


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