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Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson
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Feb 04, 10

Read in February, 2010

Summary: Locomotion is story told through different forms of poetry about an eleven yeah old boy named Lonnie Collins Motion, who lost both of his parents in a fire when he was seven years old. After spending many months in a group home, Miss Edna took him in. Another family took in his only sibling, Lili. The story tells of Lonnie’s life four years after losing his parents and of his many memories with them. Furthermore, this unique novel also shows Lonnie’s talent of writing poetry, which is learned from his teacher Mrs. Marcus. This is a heartwarming story that anyone of any age would enjoy to cuddle up and read.

Written by: Jacqueline Woodson
Audience: 6th (Fluent Reader)
Genre: poetry
Social Issues: death and dying, loss of a loved one, separation of family

Literacy Elements: first person limited omniscient form

Theme: “finding yourself”

Usage: This particular book can be used in a variety of setting in the classroom including independent reading, guided reading, and reading out loud. This particular book could be used when introducing different forms of poetry to your students.

Awards: National Book Award Finalist, Coretta School King Award
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