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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I also told wooddon lot of stories as a child. I am not usually a fan of poetry. The fact that the poems are written from Lonnie’s perspective gives the reader so much more insight into his thoughts and feelings. Other books in the series. If I was a grown-up maybe Miss Edna wouldn’t always be telling me to be quiet but I’m eleven and maybe eleven’s woodsln noisy. The artist who read naturally can change the meaning of the words through tone and emphasis. He remembers the tinkle of his mother’s laughter and the smell of her Hibiscus talc.

I listened to this book on CD. When Lonnie was 7, both of his parents died in a house fire. This young boy named Lonnie is stuck with his thoughts with nowhere to oocomotion them except paper.

Lonnie took my heart into the palm of his hand and carried me through every single poem. His love for his family is incredible. Read in one sitting.

Feb 23, L-Crystal Wlodek rated it really liked it Shelves: No Such Thing as the Real World.


As the reader progresses through the novel, written in jacqueljne, they follow Locomotion’s journey of coming to terms with his past and looking forward. Sometimes hearing the verse adds to the experience; other times, I want to hear them in my own voice. Destined to be one of my top reads ofI highly recommend this one! And he misses his little sister, Lili, who was put into a different foster home because “not a lot of people want boys-not foster boys that ain’t babies.


No one can understand what he’s going through. Marcus, is showing him ways to put his jumbled woodsin on jacqeline. Lonnie recalls sweet rememberings, the nightmares of the fire that destroyed his previous life, the rare and all-too-short visits with his estranged little sister, the brutality of the Group Home, and the meager understandings and countless insensitivities of his teachers and classmates.

Lilli believes locimotion if they find God, they will be together much sooner. As an adult reading it I found it heart warming but for a younger child further reflection and discussion would be appropriate. It incorporates a little about different types of poems, as well as that poems can be made about pretty much anything.

Lonnie is an angry boy who has become dis-involved with the world and his life. It’s got a plot that keeps you going — she’s very good at timing, so that things are revealed gradually but not in an annoying or obvious way — and the poetic form, I imagine, serves a secondary purpose: Lonnie Collins Motion- LoCoMotion- remembers dancing with his mother and his sister to the locomotion song.

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

Jan 29, Meg rated it really liked it Shelves: Marcus’s class Lonnie begins to learn about poetry. Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

I think the story of Locomotion is a tragic, touching one. Preview — Locomotion iacqueline Jacqueline Woodson. Feb 12, Theresa rated it it was amazing. This novel in verse about a 6th grader who uses his poetry notebook to reflect and express his innermost thoughts deserves a place in every classroom library.


Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Poetry is such a good vehicle for telling this story. Children and adults who enjoy historical fiction and stories of overcoming hardships. Close Report a review At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information.

From School Library Journal “Lonnie Collins Motion, the Locomotion of jacqeuline title, is a New York City fifth grader with a gifted teacher who assigns her class to write different forms of poetry.

I would definitely read this book to my students! Lonnie lives with different people from the church before he is put in a “Group Home” and labeled by his peers a “Throwaway Boy” p.

Edwards award for Lifetime Achievement. This allows him to tell the world about his life, his friends, his little sister Lili, and even his foster mom, Miss Edna, is a whole new way. The Colors of the Rain. This book gave me a jacqusline of attention and I was like “Wow”. Marcus, is showing him ways to put his jumbled feelings on paper.

Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson

Lo Co Motion Yeah. Locomotion was a great book!

Would you like us to take another look at this review? Mar 12, Lauma rated it really liked it Shelves: This aside, I thought the poetry was beautiful.