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Ada Ruth's mama must go away to Chicago to work, leaving Ada Ruth and Grandma behind. It's war time, and women are needed to fill the men's jobs. As winter sets in, Ada Ruth and her grandma keep up their daily routine, missing Mama all the time. They find strength in each other, and a stray kitten even arrives one day to keep them company, but nothing can fill the hole Mam ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 7th 2004 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (first published 2004)
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Karen Witzler
The American home front during World War II is the setting for this gentle tale of a girl and her grandmother making do at home while loved ones serve far away. Luminous and comforting illustrations and a spare just-right text that suggests many things while never belaboring the points of loneliness and hardship and a far-off war; and it has a growing kitten to mark the passage of time.
Elizabeth
A simple plot, sparingly yet evocatively told by Jacqueline Woodson, with E.B. Lewis’s beautiful, muted watercolors adding another level to the loneliness and restrained emotions of the text.

“They’re hiring colored woman in Chicago since all the men are off fighting the war.” Then Ada Ruth’s mother, whose hands are warm and soft, who loves Ada Ruth more than anything in the world, even snow, leaves to find work. Ada Ruth stays home alone with Grandma, and does her best not to cry, as she adjust
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Tatiana
During World War II, women took the jobs that men held before signing up or being drafted into the war. Ada Ruth's mama finds just such a job in Chicago, which means she has to leave her daughter behind with Grandma. The days are ordinary but hold an emptiness that only Ada Ruth's mama can fill. Finally, a letter arrives saying her mama will be coming home soon.

This is a very quiet story, and very simple. WWII is one of my favorite time periods, and life on the homefront is often not portrayed,
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Alex Baugh
When Ada Ruth's Mama decides to go to Chicago to earn some money to send home, Ada Ruth must stay home with her Grandma. Yet as the days pass, and no letter or money comes from Chicago, Ada Ruth misses her Mama more and more. But Grandma reassures her that Mama with be coming on home soon and to just keep writing to her.

When Ada Ruth finds a kitten at the door one cold snowy morning, Grandma tells her she can't keep it, there isn't enough food for themselves with the war going on. let alone a ki
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L12_Anke
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-will ...more
Jerrica
I think this book is really heart breaking because the little girl doesnt see her mom anymore. I feel that the mom got the little girl's hopes up by promising that she'll write but doesn't until the end of the story. I think it would be hard if a child sees one of their parents leaving, so i think this book can somewhat comfort children or show them that they're not the only one going through a situation where they don't live with their parents anymore.

In this book, I really liked how the illus
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Charmie McKinney
Coming on Home Soon by Jacqueline Woodson. Illustrated by E.B. Lewis

This story took place at a time of World War II. The men were off fighting and women had to go out and work to take care of the family. "Mama" landed a job in Chicago and had to leave behind her little girl, Ada Ruth, with grandma. Ada and her grandma were missing "Mama" but they had each other. Everyday Ada Ruth would anxiously wait for the mailman to deliver the mail in hopes of a letter from Mama. As Ada waited for the day he
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Simone
Author: Jacqueline Woodson
Publisher and Date: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2004

Summary: Ada Ruth’s mother left her to work in Chicago, a city that was hiring colored women. With her mother working in Chicago to earn money for the family and the men off fighting a war, she is left in the arms of her Grandma. Throughout the sadness and loneliness, Ada Ruth and her Grandma faced, they still found something to smile about.

Review: Jacqueline Woodson wrote a hopeful story that in many ways is timeless. The pl
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Ashley Adams
1. Picture Book: Historical
2. This is the story of a little girl named Ada Ruth, who is left to live with her Grandma after her mother leaves to work in Chicago, because women are needed to work men’s jobs during the war. This recounts the life of Ada Ruth while she waits for her mom to come home, so that life could be normal again.
3. Critique:
a. The stunning illustrations stand out in this historical picture book.
b. The exquisitely detailed artwork in this book complements the sparse word choic
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Daionda
This book provides a great story about a young girl, her mother and her grandmother. Her mother has to leave during the war to fill in the jobs where the men were working before they all left for war. When her mother leaves, the young girl and her grandmother spend time together, trying to comfort her in the time her mom is not around. The young girl keeps writing to her mother; however she does not write back until later in the book. While waiting for her mother’s return the young girl finds a ...more
Ch_beth Rice
Coming On Home Soon by Jacqueline Woodson tells the story of a young girl living with her grandmother during World War II. The girl’s mother has left to work in Chicago because “they’re hiring colored women…since all the men are off fighting in the war.” While the young girl waits for a letter from her mother she goes about daily life and the struggles during war time such as not having much food to eat. The girl takes in a stray kitten that her grandmother learns to like and all the while waiti ...more
Christine Jensen
Approximate Interest Level/Reading Level: Early to Mid Elementary

Format: Picture Book

Awards: Caldecott Honor (2005), ALA Notable Books for Children (2005), fand Charlotte Zolotow Honor (2005)

The watercolor illustrations in this book are beautiful and warmheartedly convey the emotions of a little girl who is desperately missing her mother. The text is equally as tender, as the little girl often remembers her mother’s words when she would tell her that she loved her, how she would remember the w
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Ch_13catherinecooper
This book takes places during WWII (even though it is not explicitly stated within the text). Ada Ruth is a young girl who's mother has left home (with Ada in the care of her grandmother) to travel north to Chicago to work on the railroads. Her mother explains that, "They're hiring colored women in Chicago since all the men are off fighting the war." and that she will write and send money home to them. The young girl continuously writes her mother, however she gets discouraged because she never ...more
538 PM Jeremy Kossak
"Hush now...Your mama's gonna be coming on home soon". Those are the words spoken by Ada Ruth's grandmother as they cling to each other in the hopes that Mama will return. Coming on Home Soon is a sad story, but it's one that is beautifully illustrated with life-like detail.

Readers will forget this book is set during the Second World War. The illustrations are timeless and really do set the mood throughout the story. I felt as if I was part of the narrative. As I read, I felt the characters' pa
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Heather
really truly loved & appreciated this book
and now I say to our Little Bean "I love you more than the rain. I love you more than the sun!" and I can tell she loves hearing that.
Mary
This was Jada First World War II book. First I had to explain the time period and then Jada didn't understand why the mom called herself "colored".
Anna
Jun 22, 2007 Anna rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
I really enjoyed this book. It's the story of a girl who lives with her grandmother while her mother goes into the city to find work during the war. I didn't think I would like this book but the author does a wonderful job of describing the way the girl is waiting and missing her mother (without being too sappy or dramatic). I usually like stories that are more obviously cleaver but I grew to love this one and the end made me cry :) it's a gentler story but a powerful one too. E.B. Lewis' waterc ...more
Xiaoting
Coming on Home Soon Review
This picture book tell us that Ada Ruth stay with grandma while her Mama takes job in Chicago during World War II. Ada Ruth misses her mother, who loves her more than rain and snow. This story is very moving.
This story’s background information is the wartime. The women have to goo to work while the men are off fighting. Ada Ruth’s mama has a job in Chicago, and she must leave Ada Ruth and Grandam behind. This girl miss her mother very much. The sentences of this book
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Samantha Powley
Coming on Home Soon is written by Jaqueline Woodson. The story takes place during World War II. Ada Ruth, is the little girl in the story, misses her mama while she leaves to go work in Chicago. Ada and her grandma are left behind and the two of them try to keep up with the daily routines they always have had. But they miss mama very much. Ada and her grandma must find strength in each other so they can get through the long days especially with mama on their mind all the time. Each day they wait ...more
Cassandra Kneblik
During World War II when many of the men went to fight in the war, women were given the opportunity to fill the open job positions to help make money to support their families. Ada Ruth’s mother chose to pursue such an opportunity by travelling to Chicago to work on the railroad, but that required leaving Ada Ruth behind with her grandmother. Before her mother left, she reminded Ada Ruth that she would be “coming on home soon” and until that day, Ada Ruth wrote her mother letters. However, every ...more
Gabrielle Blockton
Date: November 4th, 2014

Author: Jacqueline Woodson; Illustrated by E.B. Lewis

Title: Coming on Home Soon

Plot: As men are off to war, Ada Ruth's mother heads out to Chicago to work the railroad as Ada Ruth and her grandmother wait patiently in the cold winters for Ada's mother to come home safe.

Setting: WW2; Ada Ruth's family home; Winter Time

Characters: Ada Ruth, Ada's mother, Ada's grandmother, the mailman

Point-of-View: First-Person Present Tense (Ada Ruth)

Theme: Family, Hope

Style: The story i
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Kaitlyn
This book has a simple yet, beautiful storyline. Ada Ruth fought back tears as her mother left to work in Chicago during the war. Ada Ruth’s mother told her she would make some money and then return home. Her grandmother stayed with her while her mother worked. Ada Ruth kept writing to her mother every day hoping for a letter to return. Ada Ruth finds a kitten and her grandmother says she cannot keep it. However the kitten stays for a while and Ada Ruth finds comfort in having the kitten. She wa ...more
Brittany Martz
Ada Ruth is missing her Mama who is away in the war cleaning trains. One day a kitten shows up at her house and is comforting to her, but her grandma says she cannot keep it. As time passes on the little girl waits and waits for a letter from her Mama but it begins to snow and the mailman never stops at their house. This makes the little girl very sad and she cries a lot missing her Mama. Her Grandma stays strong for Ada Ruth but is also sad about not receiving any mail. Once day the mailman fin ...more
Victoria Hylind
Ada Ruth is very sad that her mother must leave. Her mom is going off to Chicago to work on trains for the war. While her mother is gone, Ada stays with her grandmother. Winter begins to settle in, and Ada finds a stray cat. She takes the cat in and nurses it back to health. Ada writes letters to her mother everyday and becomes discouraged when she doesn't get an immediate response. Then one day the mailman brings Ada a letter from her mamma, letting her know that she'd be coming on home soon. I ...more
Myesha Jenkins
Ada Ruth struggles with the sadness brought on by her mother’s departure to Chicago where jobs are rumored to be available for black women. Times are doubly hard for these three generations—Ada Ruth, her mother and grandmother—struggling to subsist under one roof during World War II. Ada Ruth finds a semblance of comfort in her grandmother’s arms and a stray black kitten that grandma grudgingly agrees to let stay.
Woodson uses dialogue masterfully to convey the feelings and emotions of the charac
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Erin
In Coming on Home Soon by Jaqueline Woodson, we are introduced to Ada Ruth. On the very first page, her mother informs her that she will be leaving to work in Chicago. She tells Ada Ruth that, “They’re hiring colored women in Chicago since all the men are off fighting in the war.” Ada stays with her grandma and awaits letters from her mother. She takes in a scrawny kitten that, even her Grandmother comes to love as they try and keep their spirits up through the harsh winter months. Eventually, a ...more
RLL52014_JennyAnderson
Coming On Home Soon is written by Jacqueline Woodson and illustrated by E.B. Lewis, who have both received Coretta Scott King awards previously. Woodson offers a unique perspective on separation during World War II, as the story is told through a young girl, Ada Ruth’s, eyes. Ada Ruth’s mama had to leave for a job on the railroad in Chicago, and Ada Ruth and her grandmother must wait for her return. Time continues to pass, and while they do not hear from her, Grandma keeps encouraging Ada Ruth t ...more
Brooke Snyder
Summary: This book is set during the World War II era, while most of the men are fighting in war. The women were given opportunities to take on work, and some were men’s jobs because they were off fighting in war. Ada Ruth's mama must go away to Chicago to work on the railroad, leaving Ada Ruth leaving with her Grandmother. Ada Ruth and her grandma hurt and miss Ada’s mother every day. But, they continue on their daily routines and find strength within one another as they wait to hear from her. ...more
Brittany Martz
Ada Ruth is missing her Mama who is away in the war cleaning trains. One day a kitten shows up at her house and is comforting to her but her grandma says she cannot keep it. As time passes on the little girl waits and waits for a letter from her Mama but it begins to snow and the mail man never stops at their house. This makes the little girl very sad and she cries a lot missing her Mama. Her Grandma stays strong for Ada Ruth but is also sad about not receiving any mail. Once day the mail man fi ...more
Nancy
Jun 27, 2007 Nancy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Jacqueline Woodson tells the story that lets the U.S. know that Rosie the Riveter was not only white but she came in every beautiful shade of brown. This book is quite special to me because my grandmother and aunt both worked in the Tank arsenal in Detroit during that time. Thanks Jackie for remembering these brown beautiful women that too help win the war!
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