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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Locomotion – Jacqueline Woodson

However, Locomotion is written in a way that proves poetry does not have to be overcomplicated. Nov 28, Jeimy rated it it was amazing Shelves: Lilli believes that if they find God, they will be together much sooner. I would definitely read this book to my students! From School Library Journal “Lonnie Collins Motion, the Locomotion of the title, is a New York City fifth grader with a gifted teacher who assigns her class to write different forms of poetry.

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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 just noisy. I’d use this book with 6th to 8th or 9th graders, depending on the class.

You can remove the unavailable item s now or we’ll automatically remove it at Checkout. Lonnie Collins age 11 lost his parents in a tragic fire four years ago and since then he has been under the care of Miss Edna, who apparently does not like boys. The Wise Frog in a Hat: To go a step further, instead of just making it a lesson for academics, I could make it into a life lesson on how a child lost their parents but pushed through and made something of themselves in the end.


As a secondary teacher in a large urban district, I was particularly drawn to the character of Ms. If You Come Softly. You can read this item using any of the following Kobo apps and devices: The narrator and protagonist of this story is Lonnie Collins Motion. When Lonnie was seven years old, his parents died in a fire.

Lonnie Collins Locomotionencouraged by his teacher Ms. The main character, Lonnie C. When he was seven, his life changed forever because his parents died.

We’ll publish them on our site once we’ve reviewed them. He is now eleven, and his life is about to change again. Lonnie is a child that has a difficult time dealing with hardship. Overall rating No ratings yet 0. Gradually Lonnie reveals through poems that at age seven, his parents died in a fire, leaving him and his younger sister, Lili, orphaned. Not only did Lonnie lose his parents, he also is separated from his younger sister Lili as they are put in separat ” See why I had to make it your name?

Locmootion Woodson’s poignant story of love, loss, and hope is lyrically written and enormously accessible. Touching, Poetic Story I’m not really a loud kid, I swear.

Separated from his sister, Lonnie and Lili are placed in different foster homes. Woodson has created such a jacquelije voice through Lonnie and it’s such an achievement to have written a story out of poems. Lonnie fills his poetry book about his life, both currently and in the This book was well written and kept my attention the whole time. Locomotion is a very accessible story told in verse, with each chapter poetically sharing the thoughts and feelings of an eleven year old boy whose real name is Lonnie Collins Motion.

I really enjoyed it. A lie on the locmootion meant lots of independent time to create your stories and woodsom freedom to sit hunched over the pages of your notebook without people thinking you were strange. Locomotion, by Jaqueline Woodson 3 3 Jan 13, jacquelinee What makes this memorable is the authenticity of Locomotion’s voice in the poems.


She’s already raised two sons and she wooson to know what makes them tick. 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.

Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson. Apr 10, Bridget Subialka rated it it was amazing. I would definitely recommend this book to teachers to read to their students!


Dec 08, Emma rated it really liked it. Destined to be one of my top reads ofI highly recommend this one! Sometimes hearing the verse adds to the experience; other times, I want to hear them in my own voice.

I am also a little concerned by this. Lonnie took my heart into the palm of his hand and carried me through every single poem. No, cancel Yes, report it Thanks! Overall, I really liked this book, and I would recommend it to kids and adults that are exploring the world of poetry a little bit deeper. Locomotion was the same. It’s a full-length book for kids to get credit for reading, but there are fewer words. As he puts feelings into words, he is able to unlock the pain and begin a life of hope.

You submitted the following rating and review. He has been through a lot and it comes through in his writing. The house fire that killed Lonnie’s parents and the four years of trauma and slow healing that follow are gradually revealed through his writings. I’ve borrowed the sequel, “Locomotion, Peace” and can’t wait to devour it, too.