The kinetic energy of the aptly named Locomotion (the nickname of Lonnie Collins Motion) permeates the 60 poems that tell his sad yet hopeful story. Lonnie’s. Finalist for the National Book Award Jacqueline Woodson is the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature When Lonnie was seven. When Lonnie Collins Motion was seven years old, his life changed forever. Now Lonnie is eleven and his life is about to change again. His teacher, Ms. Marcus.

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Sometimes hearing the verse adds to the experience; other times, I want to hear them in my own voice. Lonnie Collins Motion, Mama would say.

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It made the poetry come to life.

He remembers his mother and father who were the heart of his home, and his sister, Lili, who nows lives in a different world. Lonnie is resistant at first to write his feelings down on paper. Lonnie Collins Motion is just a 5th grade boy who is trying to navigate life without his parents and separated from his sister by the system, and he’s doing it using poetry thanks to his teacher Ms.

At seven, life dramatically changed for Lonnie and his little sister when their parents died in a fire. This National Book award winning story tenderly, poignantly, wonderfully tells the tale of Lonnie Collins Motion. Locomotion was a great book!


His reflections touch on poverty and on being African American when whites seem to have the material advantages, and return repeatedly to the pain of living apart from his younger sister. I chalked stories across sidewalks and penciled tiny tales in notebook margins. And the true fact is alotta those people are white. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. How can such a short book be so utterly heartbreaking?


Maybe it’s that if you’re white you can’t see all the whiteness around you. It would be a great book to introduce poetry or even to introduce some diversity. How if you turn in your TV, that’s what you see-people with lots and lots of stuff not having to sit on scratchy couches in Miss Edna’s house.

The Baby Animal Jacqueoine Fairies 4: Filled with mixed emotions, Lonnie’s English teacher, Ms. Lists with This Book. When he was seven, his life changed forever because his parents died.

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Locomotion, by Jaqueline Woodson. The moving story of a young boy recovering from family tragedy, told entirely through a series of free-verse poems. I’m just me and sometimes I locomption make a little bit of noise.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Preview — Locomotion by Jacqueline Nacqueline. At first the topic appears to be random but eventually his life story becomes clearer.


Locomotion 10 8 Apr 19, This is the first time I’ve read such a long story written through a series of poem Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson is the story of Lonnie, nicknamed Locomotion, an eleven year old boy who has been living with Miss Edna, his foster mom since his parents passed away in a fire when he was seven. Imagination Station Children’s Series Vol. It didn’t feel like poetry. His parents died in a fire within their home, and he and his younger sister were sent to live different homes of people that basically adopted them.

Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson

Through the poems, you understand that Lonnie is still troubled by the death of his parents, and then locomotiin discovery of his classmate having a disease.

Marcus, is showing him ways to put his jumbled feelings on paper. This would be an excellent novel for most classrooms. 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 strange. A teacher in my church congregation likes to find books like these for kids who aren’t great readers and are self-conscious about it.