Coming on Home Soon

Woodson, J. (2004). Coming on home soon.New York, NY: Penguin Group.

Ada Ruth’s mother leaves to Chicago seeking work during a time of war. Ada Ruth waits and waits for her mother to return home or to send a letter home to her and her grandmother. After a long period, Ada Ruth and her grandma receive a letter filled with money from Ada Ruth’s mom and a promise that she will soon return home.

Genre: Historical Fiction

Grade: K-3rd

Readers who will like this book: Children who enjoy history, children who are very connected with their mother, children who are waiting patiently for something.

Response and rating: 4; This book provides a look at the life of an African-American child during World War II. Although the story is set some time ago, I think that the text and its message of patience can apply to all students as well as teach them the importance of patience in general. The illustrations in the book are soft and gentle and compliment the book’s message extremely well.

Question: Have you ever had to wait for something that you really wanted? What did it feel like?


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