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Book Title: Coming On Home Soon|
The author of the book: Jacqueline Woodson
Edition: Mitsumura Kyouiku Tosho/Tsai Fong Books
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 27.84 MB
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Date of issue: November 1st 2009
ISBN 13: 9784895726993
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Reader ratings: 7.6
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Coming On Home Soon by Jacqueline Woodson is a Caldecott Honor Book that tells the story of a young girl named Ada whose mother leaves home to find a job in Chicago. It’s set during World War II when all the men are off fighting in the war and women are needed to fill jobs. “Imagine that, Ada Ruth. A colored woman working on the railroad!” says Ada’s grandmother. This historical fiction picture book is beautifully illustrated as it shows the sadness and loneliness felt by Ada and her strong-willed grandmother who tries to be stoic with her words, yet her facial expressions show that she feels just like her granddaughter, hoping desperately that her daughter is safe and a letter will arrive in the mail telling them so. This book is given a grade equivalent of 2.6 and the interest level from kindergarten through third grade. It is written in first person through Ada’s voice and at times it contains many sentence fragments, but perhaps that’s simply because these are her free thoughts. Another thing to consider or to possibly use as a teaching tool is that quotation marks are not used for the dialogue. Instead, the words are italicized. Themes for this book are many and varied and it can be used for so many different aspects of the curriculum. They include African-Americans, World War II, women in the work force, living as an only child and the painful feeling of waiting for someone dearly loved to walk through the front door day after heartbreaking day.
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Read information about the authorI used to say I’d be a teacher or a lawyer or a hairdresser when I grew up but even as I said these things, I knew what made me happiest was writing.
I wrote on everything and everywhere. I remember my uncle catching me writing my name in graffiti on the side of a building. (It was not pretty for me when my mother found out.) I wrote on paper bags and my shoes and denim binders. I chalked stories across sidewalks and penciled tiny tales in notebook margins. I loved and still love watching words flower into sentences and sentences blossom into stories.
I also told a lot of stories as a child. Not “Once upon a time” stories but basically, outright lies. I loved lying and getting away with it! There was something about telling the lie-story and seeing your friends’ eyes grow wide with wonder. Of course I got in trouble for lying but I didn’t stop until fifth grade.
That year, I wrote a story and my teacher said “This is really good.” Before that I had written a poem about Martin Luther King that was, I guess, so good no one believed I wrote it. After lots of brouhaha, it was believed finally that I had indeed penned the poem which went on to win me a Scrabble game and local acclaim. So by the time the story rolled around and the words “This is really good” came out of the otherwise down-turned lips of my fifth grade teacher, I was well on my way to understanding that a lie on the page was a whole different animal — one that won you prizes and got surly teachers to smile. A lie on the page meant lots of independent time to create your stories and the freedom to sit hunched over the pages of your notebook without people thinking you were strange.
Lots and lots of books later, I am still surprised when I walk into a bookstore and see my name on a book’s binder. Sometimes, when I’m sitting at my desk for long hours and nothing’s coming to me, I remember my fifth grade teacher, the way her eyes lit up when she said “This is really good.” The way, I — the skinny girl in the back of the classroom who was always getting into trouble for talking or missed homework assignments — sat up a little straighter, folded my hands on the desks, smiled and began to believe in me.
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