by Jacquline Woodson
This book I found hidden in the book corner of my Year 5 classroom. The name and cover intrigued me as the title and cover didn’t appear very child friendly or very appealing for a 10 year old. This book is based on the poems of a young orphan Lonnie whose life changed dramatically when his parents died. He and his younger sister were separated and fostered into very different homes on the opposite side of the city.
Lonnie is an angry boy who has become dis-involve ...more
I flew through this. It's a really easy read because it was told in verses. The story tho, feel like an introduction of a bigger picture. We're introduced to Lonnie, a 11 years old boy who has a little sister called Lili and how a boy who loves poetry deals with everything from school to life itself.
Lonnie Collins Motion, Mama would say.
Lo Co Motion
-pg. 21, "How I Got My Name"
Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson tells the story of Lonnie Collins Motion (nicknamed Lo Co Motion by his mother), who at just 11 years old has already gone through some pretty traumatic life experiences. When Lonnie was 7, both of his parents died in a house fire. Not only did Lonnie lose his parents, he also is separated from his younger sister Lili as they are put in separat ...more
In school, Lonnie’s teacher is having them write poetry books. Lonnie fills his poetry book about his life, both currently and in the ...more
This National Book award winning story tenderly, poignantly, wonderfully tells the tale of Lonnie Collins Motion. At seven, life dramatically changed for Lonnie and his little sister when their parents died in a fire. Now, at the age of 12, Lonnie still struggles with the afterm ...more
What makes this memorable is the authenticity of Locomotion's voice in the poems. They really feel like an 11 year old's poems with the real insights that can be found in a person's poetry. You can sense his hesitation that his writing will not see ...more
This book was done really well there was a lot of character development and the main character, Lonnie was seven his life changed a lot and it also changed when he got older and was eleven. This book was good because you can see the characters change throughout the book and its plot is really well. I like his foster mom a lot because she is really brought out as a character in the book if you kn ...more
I would definitely read this book to my students! It would be a great book to introduce poetry or even to introduce some diversity. To go a step further, instead of just making it a lesson for academics, I could make it into a life lesson on how a child lost their parents ...more
I think that this book helps a lot people that are learning poetry, by a mixture of a real plot and some poems ...more
The narrator and protagonist of this story is Lonnie Collins Motion. His parents used to call him Locomotion, after the song. Dancing around the kitchen to that song ...more
in your head
and breaking them up into lines
and making the lines into pictures in your mind
And in the pictures the people are
laughing and frowning and
eating and reading and
playing ball and skipping along and
spinning themselves into poetry.
--Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson
Woodson, Jacqueline. (2003) Locomotion /New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons,
Interest/Reading Level: Grades 6-8
Lonnie Collins (age 11) lost his parents in a tragic fire four years ago and since then he has been under the care of Miss Edna, who apparently does not like boys. Lonnie Collins (Locomotion), encouraged by his teacher Ms. Marcus, writes poems to assuage his knotted feelings of being in a foster home and being separated from his younger sister Lili. As the reader progresse ...more
This is the first time I've read such a long story written through a series of poem ...more
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 a ...more