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COMING ON HOME SOON by Jacqueline Woodson Kirkus Star


by Jacqueline Woodson & illustrated by E.B. Lewis

Age Range: 5 - 8

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-399-23748-8
Publisher: Putnam

In a perfect pairing with Woodson’s text, Lewis manages to make his rich watercolors glow with the light of memory in a simple story of another time of war. His figures and objects fill the real space they inhabit, however, and appear fully present in our consciousness. Ada Ruth misses her mama, who has gone off to work cleaning railroad cars in Chicago. During WWII, when the men were fighting, women were needed to work—even, as Ada Ruth’s mother says, colored women. When a starving kitten comes to their door, Ada’s grandmother doesn’t see how they can keep it, but puts down a saucer of milk just the same. The narrative is filled with quietness: as the snow falls; as Ada and Grandma wait for the mail that will bring news and money; as the kitten insinuates itself into mealtimes, skimpy or not. Longing, loneliness, pride, and doing what needs to be done shine off the pages and into the hearts of readers. (Picture book. 5-8)