Beautiful. I listened on audio, read by the author, and her voice brought the poetry of her words to life. Woodson's story of growing up on the cusp of the Civil Rights movement is told as a series of vignettes, rather than a linear narrative. Our young narrator goes from Ohio, to South Carolina, then to Brooklyn, sharing her observations of family, loss, and navigating a world where she has to sit at the back of the bus when she goes home to visit her grandparents. Along the way she grows into herself, finds the power of words and story telling, and keeps on dreaming of who she can become.
Brown Girl Dreaming is the beautiful telling of Woodson's childhood in verse.
Woodson was born in 1963 so her story is intertwined with the story of civil
rights. Woodson is a very accomplished author and poet, she's written several
children's books as well as adult novels. Woodson is a storyteller, it's her gift.
I want to read all her books!
This free verse gem is an extra special experience as an audiobook read by the author. As an adult reader/listener, Woodson's snatches of childhood memories will draw you in and remind you of your own special stories that need to be told.
I'd read this book two years ago, but this time around I tried the audiobook, read by the author, the inimitable Jacqueline Woodson. Her voice adds a richness and depth that makes the poems pop. I LOVE this audiobook, and I plan on recommending it to everyone I meet.
Very Inspiringly! >for all ages.
Read by the author, this is the amazing story of a young girl finding her place in the world, even as her physical location continues to change.
Worthy of all the great reviews! Appeals to all ages. Everyone will be touched by her stories in a different way.
In her memoir, Woodson shares what it was like to grow up black in the 1960s and 1970s, during the Civil Rights movement, in both the North and the South, always supported by deep family love. Told in verse, the book also describes her joy at finding her voice through writing.
Jacqueline Woodson reads her autobiographical poetry to us, her own voice lending its authenticity to the story, sharing her life and inspiring us. My favorite poem is "Stevie and Me" in which Jacqueline describes going to the library with her mother every Monday and being allowed to pick seven books of her own choice. On this day she discovers "Stevie" by Jon Steptoe.
Two excerpts from the poem:
If someone had been fussing with me
to read like my sister, I might have missed
the picture book filled with brown people, more
brown people than I’d ever seen
in a book before
If someone had taken
that book out of my hand
said, You’re too old for this
I’d never have believed
that someone who looked like me
could be in the pages of the book
had a story.
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