Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Brown Girl Dreaming


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If you've been following my posts this year, you know I'm trying to make my way through Pop Sugar's 2016 Ultimate Reading Challenge. Today's book is Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson, which is a National Book Award Winner.

Written entirely in poetry form, Brown Girl Dreaming is the autobiography of Jacqueline Woodson, well known children's author. Born in the 1960s, the poems allow us to peer into the life of a young, girl  as she makes her way in her family, school, and in life in general. It's a tale of adventures, simple pleasures, and the pain and triumphs of the Civil Rights movement.

The strongest message of the tale is the ultimate triumph of Ms. Woodson, who struggled with learning issues in school but who longed to be a writer when she grew up. Though she was discouraged from this dream by some, she perseveres and this book shows how a dream can become a reality, as it won one of the highest honors in literature. Her mother advises her to never write about her family, but thankfully, many years later, these verses show us glimpses of country and city life, family, and the world for an author who has truly a gift to us all.

If your worried about reading a book written all in poetry, don't be. The form is easy to follow and each poem is one chapter in the author's tale. If you're trying the reading challenge, this one could also be an enjoyable try at the poetry category.

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