Author: Jacqueline Woodson
Genre: realistic fiction
Grade /Reading Level: Grade 2/3, Level M
Interest Level: K-8
Summary: Clover , a young African-American girl, has always wondered about the fence that runs along the side of her house. She is unsure of why the fence is there and why her mother tells her it isn’t safe on the other side of the fence. After watching a young girl, who sits on the fence, she finally builds up the courage to speak to her while her Mama watches from the yard. The fences that are broken down in this story provide excellent discussion throughout the grades. I have used this as a read aloud in my 7/8 classroom with great results. This would tie in well with studies on Civil Rights and character education.
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