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Woodson, Jacqueline.
New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2001.
IL K-3, RL 2.4
ISBN 0399231161

2 booktalks

Booktalk #1

Written from the point of view of a black child, this book uses a powerful symbol – a fence – to emphasize the racial division in a southern town.  Two young girls, Clover who is black and Annie who is white, have both been instructed by their parents not to go on the other side of the fence because it is not safe.  Eventually the story finds both girls and all of their friends sitting on the fence together.  “Someday somebody’s going to come along and knock this old fence down,” Annie says.  What a great metaphor the author has created for knocking down old beliefs and barriers that keep people apart.  This book is a great way to show that change can happen little by little – one child at a time.
Prepared by: Aileen Holland for South Carolina Children's Book Award

Booktalk #2

Clover and Annie live next door to each other, separated by a picket fence that segregates their town. Clover, who is black, and Annie, who is white, have been warned by their mothers not to cross the fence. However during the long hot summer the girls watch each other from a distance, curious and longing to know more about each other. Read this story of friendship and you will understand what it was like to live in the days before people in the Civil Rights Movement began to remove barriers between America's races.  (Jean B. Bellavance for Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards, 2003-2004)

SUBJECTS:     Race relations -- Fiction.
                        African Americans -- Fiction.
                        Friendship -- Fiction.
                        Summer -- Fiction.


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