Looking forward” is the message that runs through Woodson’s (The House Feathers. Jacqueline Woodson, Author. Putnam $ (p). Frannie doesn’t know what to make of the poem she’s reading in school. She hasn’t thought much about hope. There are so many other things to think about. A Newbery Honor Book A beautiful and moving novel from a three-time Newbery Honor-winning author Jacqueline Woodson is the National.

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Frannie’s got a lot of thinking to do about building bridges and why feahters might want to experience someone else’s world, to connect with someone totally different than you. This is written like water, falling. Woodson uses the symbolism of the highway to represent the racial divide between white and black. She says we should always look for the woodsoj and some of them might be perfect, filled with light and hope and laughter.

I had high hopes for this book, so my two stars may be more reflective of my disappointment than of the book’s overall quality. The book was a Newbery Honor winner in A white boy joins her class at school and all the kids call him Jesus Boy.

Either the protagonist is ultra religious and that’s their whole life, or, more commonly, religion isn’t mentioned at all. Love this book, easy and quick read! I was curious about what the Jesus Boy’s story was, and I was interested in Frannie’s family, but what really makes the book stand out is great writing. She raises important questions about God, racial segregation and issues surrounding the hearing-impaired with a light and thoughtful touch.

The title comes from a gorgeous poem by Emily Dickinson whose words and images weave through wiodson entire story.


Feathers – Jacqueline Woodson

A plot point I especially appreciated was the multiple miscarriages the protagonist’s mother had had. Feb 02, Marie rated it really liked it Shelves: This book had a gentleness to it suggested by the title and the cover illustration.

Newbery Medal Nominee Relationships are challenged when Frannie witnesses racism and bullying in her school. A river can deceive you with it’s dark water; the murky, dark water makes I remember the first time I went white water rafting. This book was an interesting window for woidson. It is a story that will make you think. Who are these kids? Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. There are so many other things to woodsom about. My students are more interested in contemporary novels than ‘historical’ ones.

The plot can sometimes be hard to follow because it skips around and you could not tell who was talking at times. She hopes that the hearing girls will stop making moves on her deaf brother only to turn away when they find out he can’t hear. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I am wondering about Jacqueline Woodson’s process and how she managed to pull a story out of so many wisps.

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I went into this book jaccqueline very low expectations, perhaps because of my dislike of Emily Dickinson. Who or what has influenced your writing? Look Inside Reading Guide. Set inWoodson’s novel skillfully weaves in the music and events surrounding the rising opposition to the Vietnam War, giving this gentle, timeless story depth.

Pages to import images to Wikidata. Feb 20, Cristina rated it really liked it Shelves: Because he is white, people call him ‘Jesus boy’. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Her well-developed characters transport the reader into the book. This is exactly the kind of children’s book that is chosen for a prestigious awards by adults. I knew nothing about the river; I knew nothing about Jaqueline Woodson.

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Views Read Edit View history. Feathers is a gem of a book. Jan 17, Krista the Krazy Kataloguer rated it really liked it Shelves: This is a superbly beautiful story set in a black community in the early 70s that deals with love, bullies, religion and racism in subtle and wonderful prose.

During a winter full of surprises, good and bad, Frannie starts seeing a lot of things in a new light: Each character was drawn to show a different side of human nature – apparently.

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Maybe Jesus is the hope that you were feeling” p. I also told a lot of stories as a child. However, since I went jacqeuline with high hope, I’m not totally satisfied because everything was not fully discussed. I had a start but I did not get and end. Oct 16, Evelyn rated it it was amazing Shelves: Mar 01, Pages Middle Grade 10 and up Buy.

The Jesus Boy’s sense of calm and its effect on her classmates make Frannie wonder if there is some truth to Samantha’a musings, but a climactic faceoff between him and Trevor bring the newcomer’s human flaws to light. See all books by Jacqueline Woodson. The story discusses racism in reverse and prejudices towards the handicap.

That’s okay, I still liked it. I especially liked the inclusion of a deaf character and an adopted character, both of whom feel excluded from the world or limited in the extent of their world.