First published in 2014, Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson is a wonderful poetry memoir. In a unique way, through beautiful sincere poems, the book portrays how Woodson grew up as an African American girl in the United States in the 60’s, a period when racial issues upset the country.
The autobiography has achieved outstanding critical success and won several awards including National Book Award, NAACP Image Award, and the Coretta Scott King Book Award. It was also included as one of the Honor Books in 2015 Newbery Medal.
Cover and Details of Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (PDF)
- Title: Brown Girl Dreaming
- Author: Jacqueline Woodson
- Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books
- Date Published: August 28, 2014
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399252517
- ISBN-13: 9780399252518
Summary of the Book
Jacqueline Woodson, one of today’s finest writers, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse.
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.
Reviews of Brown Girl Dreaming
“The writer’s passion for stories and storytelling permeates the memoir, explicitly addressed in her early attempts to write books and implicitly conveyed through her sharp images and poignant observations seen through the eyes of a child. Woodson’s ability to listen and glean meaning from what she hears lead to an astute understanding of her surroundings, friends, and family.” —Publishers Weekly
“Mesmerizing journey through [Woodson’s] early years…Her perspective on the volatile era in which she grew up is thoughtfully expressed in powerfully effective verse…With exquisite metaphorical verse Woodson weaves a patchwork of her life experience…that covers readers with a warmth and sensitivity no child should miss. This should be on every library shelf.” —School Library Journal
“Woodson cherishes her memories and shares them with a graceful lyricism; her lovingly wrought vignettes of country and city streets will linger long after the page is turned. For every dreaming girl (and boy) with a pencil in hand (or keyboard) and a story to share.” —Kirkus Reviews
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