The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson

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The Other Side is a sweet picture book tale of friendship in the face of segregation, written by author Jacqueline Woodson. The storyline is simple: two girls on either side of a fence become friends. But the themes are deep, and the language is poignant and striking. The illustrations, a series of watercolors, complement the text well, in how the muted tones invoke a sense of lazy summer days, and in how the illustrator, E. B. Lewis, uses the binding on the page as a barrier between the two characters, symbolic of the issue which the story addresses.

This book is a great piece of historical fiction that addresses segregation in a child-friendly way, stressing the potential for friendship and relationships in the face of adversity.

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