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Coming on Home Soon ❰Reading❯ ➸ Coming on Home Soon Author Jacqueline Woodson – Thomashillier.co.uk Jacqueline Woodson is the National Ambassador for Young People s LiteratureAda Ruth s mama must go away to Chicago to work, leaving Ada Ruth and Grandma behind It s war time, and women are needed to Jacqueline Woodson is the National Ambassador for Young People s LiteratureAda Ruth s mama must go away to Chicago to work, leaving Ada Ruth and Grandma behind It s war time, and women are needed to fill the men s jobs As winter sets Coming on Kindle - in, Ada Ruth and her grandma keep up their daily routine, missing Mama all the time They find strength in each other, and a stray kitten even arrives one day to keep them company, but nothing can fill the hole Mama left Every day they wait, watching for the letter that says Mama will be Coming on Home Soon Set during World War II, Coming on Home Soon has a timeless quality that will appeal to all who wait and hope.

  • Hardcover
  • 32 pages
  • Coming on Home Soon
  • Jacqueline Woodson
  • English
  • 13 June 2017
  • 0399237488

About the Author: Jacqueline Woodson

I used to say I d be a teacher or a lawyer or a hairdresser when I grew up but even as I said these things, I knew what made me happiest was writingI wrote on everything and everywhere I remember my uncle catching Coming on Kindle - me writing my name in graffiti on the side of a building It was not pretty for me when my mother found out I wrote on paper bags and my shoes and denim binders I chalked stories across sidewalks and penciled tiny tales in notebook margins I loved and still love watching words flower into sentences and sentences blossom into storiesI also told a lot of stories as a child Not Once upon a time stories but basically, outright lies I loved lying and getting away with it There was something about telling the lie story and seeing your friends eyes grow wide with wonder Of course I got in trouble for lying but I didn t stop until fifth gradeThat year, I wrote a story and my teacher said This is really good Before that I had written a poem about Martin Luther King that was, I guess, so good no one believed I wrote it After lots of brouhaha, it was believed finally that I had indeed penned the poem which went on to win me a Scrabble game and local acclaim So by the time the story rolled around and the words This is really good came out of the otherwise down turned lips of my fifth grade teacher, I was well on my way to understanding that a lie on the page was a whole different animal one that won you prizes and got surly teachers to smile A lie on the page meant lots of independent time to create your stories and the freedom to sit hunched over the pages of your notebook without people thinking you were strangeLots and lots of books later, I am still surprised when I walk into a bookstore and see my name on a book s binder Sometimes, when I m sitting at my desk for long hours and nothing s coming to me, I remember my fifth grade teacher, the way her eyes lit up when she said This is really good The way, I the skinny girl in the back of the classroom who was always getting into trouble for talking or missed homework assignments sat up a little straighter, folded my hands on the desks, smiled and began to believe in me.



10 thoughts on “Coming on Home Soon

  1. Calista Calista says:

    This is a beautiful poem A young girl waits for her mama to come back home during the winter She is living with her grandma after her mom has gone to Chicago to make some money during the war, I m assuming WWII, but it doesn t say Life goes on, but she misses her mama The artwork is a little fuzzy and not much color to really evoke that feeling of winter That sense of waiting goes well with the season It s very well done It s a beautiful book, but it s on the melancholy side of feelings This is a beautiful poem A young girl waits for her mama to come back home during the winter She is living with her grandma after her mom has gone to Chicago to make some money during the war, I m assuming WWII, but it doesn t say Life goes on, but she misses her mama The artwork is a little fuzzy and not much color to really evoke that feeling of winter That sense of waiting goes well with the season It s very well done It s a beautiful book, but it s on the melancholy side of feelings It is low energy and it s about waiting, not anything exciting and uplifting until the mother is coming home and the colors brighten and it does uplift So needless to say, the kids weren t real thrilled with this realistic slow story The nephew outright hated it and gave it 1 star It s boring The niece understood missing her mama She misses her mama all the time She didn t like a story about waiting for mama That made her feel a little anxious She too didn t like the story and gave it 1 star This is for kids who appreciate anuanced and slower story

  2. Karen Witzler Karen Witzler says:

    The American home front during World War II is the setting for this gentle tale of a girl and her grandmother making do at home while loved ones serve far away Luminous and comforting illustrations and a spare just right text that suggests many things while never belaboring the points of loneliness and hardship and a far off war and it has a growing kitten to mark the passage of time.

  3. Jenny Jenny says:

    Jacqueline Woodson is now one of my new favorite authors Coming on Home Soon offers so many opportunities for making predictions, inferences, and wonderful discussions.

  4. Anke Anke says:

    Coming On Home Soon by Jacqueline Woodson is a Caldecott Honor Book that tells the story of a young girl named Ada whose mother leaves home to find a job in Chicago It s set during World War II when all the men are off fighting in the war and women are needed to fill jobs Imagine that, Ada Ruth A colored woman working on the railroad says Ada s grandmother This historical fiction picture book is beautifully illustrated as it shows the sadness and loneliness felt by Ada and her strong will Coming On Home Soon by Jacqueline Woodson is a Caldecott Honor Book that tells the story of a young girl named Ada whose mother leaves home to find a job in Chicago It s set during World War II when all the men are off fighting in the war and women are needed to fill jobs Imagine that, Ada Ruth A colored woman working on the railroad says Ada s grandmother This historical fiction picture book is beautifully illustrated as it shows the sadness and loneliness felt by Ada and her strong willed grandmother who tries to be stoic with her words, yet her facial expressions show that she feels just like her granddaughter, hoping desperately that her daughter is safe and a letter will arrive in the mail telling them so This book is given a grade equivalent of 2.6 and the interest level from kindergarten through third grade It is written in first person through Ada s voice and at times it contains many sentence fragments, but perhaps that s simply because these are her free thoughts Another thing to consider or to possibly use as a teaching tool is that quotation marks are not used for the dialogue Instead, the words are italicized Themes for this book are many and varied and it can be used for so many different aspects of the curriculum They include African Americans, World War II, women in the work force, living as an only child and the painful feeling of waiting for someone dearly loved to walk through the front door day after heartbreaking day

  5. Tatiana Tatiana says:

    During World War II, women took the jobs that men held before signing up or being drafted into the war Ada Ruth s mama finds just such a job in Chicago, which means she has to leave her daughter behind with Grandma The days are ordinary but hold an emptiness that only Ada Ruth s mama can fill Finally, a letter arrives saying her mama will be coming home soon.This is a very quiet story, and very simple WWII is one of my favorite time periods, and life on the homefront is often not portrayed, During World War II, women took the jobs that men held before signing up or being drafted into the war Ada Ruth s mama finds just such a job in Chicago, which means she has to leave her daughter behind with Grandma The days are ordinary but hold an emptiness that only Ada Ruth s mama can fill Finally, a letter arrives saying her mama will be coming home soon.This is a very quiet story, and very simple WWII is one of my favorite time periods, and life on the homefront is often not portrayed, especially from the point of view of an African American, matriarchal family living deep in the country You can feel the sadness, the worry, and the hope that accompanies Ada Ruth s waiting, which is representative of the waiting and worrying that many people did as their family members fought overseas during this time And the illustrations are so lifelike, it s eerie and moving In the classroom, I feel it would be a good book for 4th graders and up during WWII studies A stand out multicultural, historical fiction selection

  6. Elizabeth Elizabeth says:

    A simple plot, sparingly yet evocatively told by Jacqueline Woodson, with E.B Lewis s beautiful, muted watercolors adding another level to the loneliness and restrained emotions of the text They re hiring colored woman in Chicago since all the men are off fighting the war Then Ada Ruth s mother, whose hands are warm and soft, who loves Ada Ruththan anything in the world, even snow, leaves to find work Ada Ruth stays home alone with Grandma, and does her best not to cry, as she adjust A simple plot, sparingly yet evocatively told by Jacqueline Woodson, with E.B Lewis s beautiful, muted watercolors adding another level to the loneliness and restrained emotions of the text They re hiring colored woman in Chicago since all the men are off fighting the war Then Ada Ruth s mother, whose hands are warm and soft, who loves Ada Ruththan anything in the world, even snow, leaves to find work Ada Ruth stays home alone with Grandma, and does her best not to cry, as she adjusts to her mother s absence in the home The text is minimal a series of thoughts, reflections, and repeated bits of conversation are presented in Ada Ruth s voice Lewis s artwork compliments the text and fills in many unsaid details Mama s hands are warm and soft, are the first words of the story Lewis depicts a sparsely decorated, but cozy and comfortable looking bedroom, as her mother is packing to leave The next picture shows a mother daughter hug with Mama bending in and enveloping Ada Ruth in both arms They press together cheek, to cheek, their lips nearly touching it makes me feel warmth and love just looking at it The Grandma seems practical but emotionally restrained Woodson gives Grandma work a day and matter of fact words Lewis shows her unsmiling face as she carries in wood, cooks, and knits even as she listens to the radio at night she seems to be always working, always concentrating on something other than Ada Ruth Lewis also depicts an entirely different kind of hug between grandmother and granddaughter Grandma s spine is stick straight, and her gaze focuses on something in the distance Her arms hold Ada Ruth s shoulders and waist as if she is trying to physically keep Ada Ruth upright, and Ada Ruth clings to her like she s trying to stay afloat I felt Grandma s strength in that hug, but no coziness Although Grandma may sound terse and appear unsympathetic, her actions reveal her softer side A stray kitten appears it is soft and Warm as Mama s hands Grandma repeats that Ada Ruth can t keep the kitten, warns against getting attached, about fleas, and remarks on the kitten s ugliness, yet she pours the kitten a saucer of milk even though food is in short supply Grandma seems to know that the soft kitten is filling the void in Ada Ruth s life.When her mother exits the story, it seems as if all the softness and comfort of Ada Ruth s life leaves as well Lewis shows us the home s bare wood floors, a single wooden chair by the fireplace, a frozen landscape and frost on the windowpanes As Ada Ruth waits for a letter from her mother, Lewis s pictures are composed of gray, blue, and brown muted watercolors, the only spots of bright color coming from the red glow of the fireplace and the yellow glow of the single lamp on the wooden table by the window The most poignant page of the book contains two words, Time passes, and shows Ada Ruth petting the kitten while lying on a rag rug in front of the fireplace, the empty wooden chair filling much of the space The cold and loneliness is palpable.Finally, the postman brings a letter from Mama It includes money and the words, Tell Ada Ruth I ll be coming home soon Lewis s gray watercolors look as if the sun has finally decided to peek through the bleak winter sky Pink, green, blue and a bit of red light up the page and Ada Ruth s smile beams white We see Grandma smiling for the first time, although her hand covers most of her mouth The next page shows Grandma cuddling Ada Rose in the quilt, as they sit together in the single wooden chair Grandma has a new take on the kitten, Quiet and halfway pretty when you look at her in just the right way Ada Ruth says, Inside it s warm and quiet I get the sense that Ada Ruth is talking about herself as much as the house

  7. Alex Baugh Alex Baugh says:

    When Ada Ruth s Mama decides to go to Chicago to earn some money to send home, Ada Ruth must stay home with her Grandma Yet as the days pass, and no letter or money comes from Chicago, Ada Ruth misses her MamaandBut Grandma reassures her that Mama with be coming on home soon and to just keep writing to her.When Ada Ruth finds a kitten at the door one cold snowy morning, Grandma tells her she can t keep it, there isn t enough food for themselves with the war going on let alone a ki When Ada Ruth s Mama decides to go to Chicago to earn some money to send home, Ada Ruth must stay home with her Grandma Yet as the days pass, and no letter or money comes from Chicago, Ada Ruth misses her MamaandBut Grandma reassures her that Mama with be coming on home soon and to just keep writing to her.When Ada Ruth finds a kitten at the door one cold snowy morning, Grandma tells her she can t keep it, there isn t enough food for themselves with the war going on let alone a kitten But she lets Ada Ruth give her some milk anyway.After a while, with no word from Mama, even Grandma feels like crying.Day after day, Ada Ruth and her Grandma go about their lives, listening to the war news on the radio, hunting for food in the woods behind the house, always followed by the kitten, and missing Mama and hoping for a letter.Until, finally, one comes And sure enough, there s money and the news that Mama will really be coming on home soon.In this gentle, yet powerful story Jacquelline Woodson has poignantly captured the fear, the worry and the loneliness of a young girl left behind when her mother must leave home for a job, a not uncommon occurrence in WWII The story is set in the middle of a very cold winter, metaphorically expressing the warmth that Ada Ruth associates with her mother and which is now missing from their home But, the soft warm of the kitten keeps the memory of her mother s warmth alive for Ada Ruth Their anticipated renion ends the story on a happy, hopeful note.The text is completely supported by the realistic watercolor illustrations by E.B Lewis, that are so expressive of the time and place that this story I loved Ada Ruth s saddle shoes, so popular at the time And the color palette used, in rich tones of browns, blues and icy whites, also reflects the sense of country living in the dead of winter Woodson has subtly given us a glimpse of one of the ways that the war effected the lives of African American woman and children on the home front in this story Ada Ruth s experience of the war was, unfortunately, not uncommon When men went to fight in WWII, it created a shortage of workers and opened opportunities for women to take over their jobs and earn better money than they normally would have been paid Here, Ada Ruth s Mama went to Chicago and worked for the railroad, washing train cars Pullman in Chicago had begun to hire black men in the 1930s, but by 1944, as the war went on, the company faced a shortage of workers and began to hire black woman as well This book is recommended for readers age 6 This book was borrowed from the NYPLThis review was originally posted at The Children s War

  8. Simone Simone says:

    Author Jacqueline WoodsonPublisher and Date G.P Putnam s Sons, 2004Summary Ada Ruth s mother left her to work in Chicago, a city that was hiring colored women With her mother working in Chicago to earn money for the family and the men off fighting a war, she is left in the arms of her Grandma Throughout the sadness and loneliness, Ada Ruth and her Grandma faced, they still found something to smile about Review Jacqueline Woodson wrote a hopeful story that in many ways is timeless The pl Author Jacqueline WoodsonPublisher and Date G.P Putnam s Sons, 2004Summary Ada Ruth s mother left her to work in Chicago, a city that was hiring colored women With her mother working in Chicago to earn money for the family and the men off fighting a war, she is left in the arms of her Grandma Throughout the sadness and loneliness, Ada Ruth and her Grandma faced, they still found something to smile about Review Jacqueline Woodson wrote a hopeful story that in many ways is timeless The plot allows students to ask important questions about the period of time during World War II when men went off to war and women stayed home to work I thought E.B Lewis use of watercolor deepened the reader s feeling of sadness throughout the story Because of the plot and character development of Ada Ruth, students can relate to her or identify with how she felt while her mother was away This was a touching, hopeful story that was set in the United States during World War II I strongly recommend using this story for a read aloud for upper elementary grades

  9. Nancy Nancy says:

    Jacqueline Woodson tells the story that lets the U.S know that Rosie the Riveter was not only white but she came in every beautiful shade of brown This book is quite special to me because my grandmother and aunt both worked in the Tank arsenal in Detroit during that time Thanks Jackie for remembering these brown beautiful women that too help win the war

  10. Abigail Abigail says:

    When her mother goes north to Chicago, drawn by the jobs that have opened up for women while America s men are off fighting in WWII, the young girl narrator of this poignant, powerful picture book waits for her first letter, and for the news that she ll be coming on home sometime soon Admonished by her grandmother not to cry, the girl attempts to control her sense of loneliness and grief, comforted by a little kitten who comes crying for milk, one snowy day Eventually, after much waiting on bo When her mother goes north to Chicago, drawn by the jobs that have opened up for women while America s men are off fighting in WWII, the young girl narrator of this poignant, powerful picture book waits for her first letter, and for the news that she ll be coming on home sometime soon Admonished by her grandmother not to cry, the girl attempts to control her sense of loneliness and grief, comforted by a little kitten who comes crying for milk, one snowy day Eventually, after much waiting on both the girl and her grandmother s part, that first letter does arriveBeautifully written and beautifully illustrated, Coming On Home Soon is another Jacqueline Woodson picture book like Each Kindness and The Other Side that I found immensely moving The text here is understated but powerful, capturing the uncertainty, fear and grief that young children feel, when their parents must leave them The watercolor illustrations by E.B Lewis, who also collaborated with Woodson on the two titles mentioned above, and which won him a Caldecott Honor, are luminous and likewise powerful Recommended to anyone looking for children s stories about America on the home front during WWII, about African American families dealing with hardship and separation, or about the bond between young children and grandmothers

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