|Its Okay To Be Different|
Now let me tell you another interesting little fact about the book "The Other Side" with the fence. I was very fortunate to meet the author Jacqueline Woodson and hear her speak about her different books. As an African American woman she wrote this story, NOT with the intention of it taking place anywhere but the present. However, the illustrator (E.B. Lewis) chose to illustrate the book with the style of the 1950's/60's. Ms. Woodson expressed strongly how this is not an issue of the past and could easily have been illustrated in the present. She was a very powerful speaker and inspiring woman and I was so happy to share this book with the children!
| "Someday somebody's going to come along and knock this old fence down," Annie said. |
And I nodded. "Yeah," I said. "Someday."