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By Jacqueline Woodson


There is power in simple friendships, a great message for school-age children from preschool through elementary, addressing the realities of our racially separated history. A long fence separates the black side and the white side of town. Yet Annie, a white girl, curiously always toes the line playing near or sitting on the fence. This peaks Clover, a black girl’s, interest when she spots her in-town or watches from her window on a rainy day. In the end, a beautiful friendship emerges as these girls heed the warnings to not go on the other side…but their mamas never said anything about sitting on it. And there the dreams emerge, one day, that “someday somebody’s going to come along and knock this old fence down.”

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