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Posted September 16, 2006
A daughter longs for her mother's return...
This is a beautiful story that exemplifies the strength that can be drawn from a family¡¦s love for one another. The pictures depict the feelings of the harsh winter and the lonesomeness brought out by the mother¡¦s absence. Ada Ruth is a younger girl who is struggling with the separation from her mother. She still has her grandmother and has taken to the care of a stray kitten, but she longs for her mother¡¦s care. Each day she writes to her mother and awaits news of her return. The reader connects to Ada Ruth¡¦s character, as they too can imagine the feelings they would experience if their mother were to leave. It also develops a sense of admiration for the women of that time who stepped up to the roles of the men. It was a time of war, and the men were responsible for fighting for our country¡¦s rights and freedom. For many women, and in the case of Ada Ruth¡¦s mother, this meant leaving their families and finding work in order to provide financially. When Ada Ruth and the grandmother receive the long-awaited letter from the mother, the reader recognizes their relief and excitement. In closed was money and her promise of ¡§coming on home soon.¡¨ The story ends with an image of the mother making her way back home through the snow.
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Posted April 22, 2007
Waiting for Mama
Coming on Home Soon is a story about a little girl named Ada Ruth, whose mother must go away to work during the war. Ada Ruth misses her mother so much. She watches the mail everyday hoping for a letter from her mother ¿when the postman goes on by without stopping, Grandma says, hush now. Don't start that crying¿. She and her grandmother listen to the radio at night to hear of news about the war. She explains, ¿When Grandma turns the radio off, I rub my hand along the kitten¿s back and think about the women working on the trains. Just think. My mama right there beside them¿. Although Ada Ruth is sad she has a strong sense of pride for what her mother is accomplishing. This book was a Caldecott Honor Book in 2005. This book is appropriate for children ages 4-8. This is a touching story that kids can relate, especially those who may have a loved one in the war right now. Jacqueline Woodson has won many awards for her picture books and novels. One very famous book is The Other Side. The illustrator is E.B. Lewis who has also won many awards. Woodson, Jacqueline. Coming on Home Soon. New York: G.P. Putnam¿s Sons, 2004.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 12, 2007
Coming On Home Soon
¿Coming On Home Soon¿ was an excellent book. It really deserved the Caldecott Medal. The illustrations were wonderful, very creative and wonderful use of color. The illustrations go along with the storyline. Jacqueline Woodson writes about issues that children or all ages face. She does a wonderful job illustrating the problem that many families faced in the 'old days' as well as in the present time. Not only can the children that have experienced losing a family member to war or a job that takes them away but Woodson really allows the audience to be able to connect to Ada Ruth emotionally. Especially when she writes ¿when the postman goes on by without stopping, Grandma says, hush now. Don't start that crying.¿ Everyone has experienced that time when a loved one is gone away for a period of time and you can't wait to hear from them. But every time the postman passes by your house all you feel is disappointment and tears.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.