Classroom Implications: This book stands out for its pairing of historical fiction with award-winning illustrations. Woodson writes a story within a story; upon reading, the reader notices the internal story of the characters that occurs simultaneously with the external story on the pages. For this reason, this would be an excellent text to use when teaching personal narrative or short story.
Click here to access a Booklist Interview with J. Woodson on her book Coming on Home Soon, African American women in her family, and her writing process.
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