Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons
Publication date: 2001
Target audience: 6 years old and over
Summary: Clover has always wondered why a fence separates the black side of town from the white side. But this summer when Annie, a white girl from the other side, begins to sit on the fence, Clover grows more curious about the reason why the fence is there and about the daring girl who sits on it, rain or shine. And one day, feeling very brave, Clover approaches Annie. Two girls, one white and one black, gradually get to know each other as they sit on the fence that divides their town.
My thoughts: Beautifully written by critically acclaimed author Jacqueline Woodson, this is a marvellous story about friendship and the innocence of childhood. There is something very poetic about Woodson’s prose, and something very strong about the way Clover narrates her story. Each and everyone of Lewis’ illustrations are a gift to the eyes. This book can be read to older children, or children can read it themselves to learn more about the history of race relations in America. This is a book that must be shared with an adult and can be used as a starting point to conversations about racism.
❤ this book!
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