In this book, Jacqueline Woodson tells her family story. She also tells the story of our country, of north and south, city and country, and the swelling of the civil rights movement in the 1960s and early 1970s. In beautiful and accessible language, she describes what it is like to belong to many disparate worlds, each seeming to hold a different place in time and different ways and priorities. Especially moving is the way she depicts each of her siblings (and herself) discovering what he or she will be good at, passionate about. Young readers will be encouraged to be patient with and not judge themselves to harshly.
I really enjoyed this book. I sometimes shy away from poetry, wondering if it will be too much “work.” This book is not work. Each page flows to the next and, while I occasionally lost the chronology, Woodson never lets the reader lose the feeling or the meaning.
Highly recommended for older kids who have some sense of recent history (though a lot of knowledge is not needed to enjoy this).