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The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson
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Oct 29, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: historical-fiction

Clover, a young black girl, is curious as to why a fence in her yard separates the black people from the white people. Clover's mother told her not to ever cross over the fence. During the summer, Clover notices a young white girl from the other side, sitting on the top of the fence. This makes Clover even more curious about the fence and the young white girl who is always sitting on the fence. She sees the girl near the fence on both sunny and rainy days. One day, Clover gains the courage to talk to the girl named Annie. They soon become friends and enjoy sitting on top of the fence together and playing.
This is a great story about the racism that existed and the division between whites and blacks. It teaches a great lesson about how racism can be diminished and how black and white children can come together and overcome the segregation. I would use this book in the classroom to promote a discussion about differences and how we can overcome differences. It would also be a good tie in to a study about the Civil Rights movement. Appropriate level: First-Fifth grade
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