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Locomotion

by Woodson, Jacqueline.

Format: Book on CD 2003
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Collection  First Floor Children's Department - Closed Stack Area
 
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Summary
In a series of poems, eleven-year-old Lonnie writes about his life, after the death of his parents, separated from his younger sister, living in a foster home, and finding his poetic voice at school.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 3^-6. Lonnie is grieving and angry about the loss of his parents in a fire four years ago and about his subsequent separation from his beloved little sister, who is in foster care. He expresses his feelings in his fifth-grade poetry-writing class, encouraged by his wonderful teacher Ms. Marcus. In a series of free-verse poems and more formal verse, such as haiku and sonnets, he writes about his life and about the writing that "makes me remember." The framework of the story is fairy-tale idyllic--perfect family before the fire; happy-ever-after foster family by the end of the book--but the poetry is simple and immediate, true to the voice of the lost kid who finds himself with caring people and with words. The line breaks make for very easy reading, and Lonnie talks about those line breaks and about poetry forms, making this ideal for use in classrooms where students are reading and writing poetry. From rap to haiku, Woodson shows and tells that poetry is about who we are. --Hazel Rochman"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "The kinetic energy of the aptly named Locomotion (the nickname of Lonnie Collins Motion) permeates the 60 poems that tell his sad yet hopeful story. Lonnie's first poem sets up a conflict familiar to anyone who has attempted creativity: despite the cheering of his teacher, Ms. Marcus ("Write it down before it leaves your brain," she says), as he begins to write, Lonnie hears the critical voice of his foster mother ("It's Miss Edna's over and over/ Be quiet!"). As Lonnie explores poetry's various forms throughout this brief yet poignant and occasionally humorous volume, he also reveals Miss Edna's kindness toward him in the little things she says and does ("The last time Miss Edna came home and found me/ crying She said Think/ about all the stuff you love, Lonnie"). Gradually Lonnie reveals that at age seven, his parents died in a fire, leaving him and his younger sister, Lili, orphaned. Lili was adopted, yet Lonnie figures out a way to visit her regularly. The gradual unfolding of his life's events intermingle with his discoveries about poetry as a form, from haiku to sonnets ("Ms. Marcus says "sonnet" comes from "sonnetto"/ and that sonnetto means little song or sound/ It reminds me of that guy's name Gepetto/ the one who made Pinocchio from wood he found") to the epistle poems he writes to his father and to God. Woodson, through Lonnie, creates (much as Sharon Creech did with the boy narrator in Love That Dog) a contagious appreciation for poetry while using the genre as a cathartic means for expressing the young poet's own grief. Ages 10-up. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects African American boys -- Juvenile poetry.
Brothers and sisters -- Juvenile poetry.
Foster home care -- Juvenile poetry.
Orphans -- Juvenile poetry.
Schools -- Juvenile poetry.
Children's poetry, American.
Brothers and sisters -- Poetry.
African Americans -- Poetry.
Foster home care -- Poetry.
Orphans -- Poetry.
Schools -- Poetry.
American poetry.
Publisher Prince Frederick, Md. :Recorded Books,2003
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Jackson, J. D.
Recorded Books, Inc.
Participants/Performers Read by JD Jackson.
Audience 10 years and up.
Language English
Notes Unabridged.
Compact disc.
Description 2 audio discs (1 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 1402565828
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