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Show Way by Jacqueline Woodson
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Nov 14, 2011

really liked it
Read in December, 2011

1.This is a junior book, other, a historical fiction.

2.Jacqueline Woodson tracks back her own heritage to tell a story about slavery and ‘Show Way’ quilts which helped lead slaves to the north.

3.A. Jacqueline Woodson has written a lovely story that oozes with love through generations. Her way of writing about her ancestors, their hardships and relating it all the way to present day is magical and gives everyone the hope of change.

B.The greatest aspect of this story is the way readers are transported back to the time of slavery and work themselves up a timeline to present day. It makes readers feel connected to the past, and that everything is a phase in time.

C.Woodson connects everyone by this line, “Loved that baby up so. Yes, she loved that baby up” (p 8). From the beginning of the story everyone in her family learned to sew. They helped sew to “Show [the] Way”, to give them a road to a better life. From the moon and stars to a quilt and a book, “There’s a road, girl. There’s a road” (p 19). And, in the end, in present day, roads have opened wide to all, to find that better life for you and your family, “So some mornings, I start all over. Holding tight to little Toshi, I whisper a story that came before her…” (p 38).

Curriculum Connection- This would be a great title to introduce timelines, slavery, overcoming adversity, and oral traditions. Wouldn’t every family love this kind of story to hand down through the generations!

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