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Coming On Home Soon

by Jacqueline Woodson
Illustrated by E. B. Lewis

Published by Putnam, 2004
32 pages
ISBN: 0-399-23748-8

Ages 5-8

Ada Ruth stays with her grandmother while her mother heads up to Chicago to work. Although she feels at home with grandma, Ada Ruth misses her mother terribly. She keeps waiting for the letter from her that tells them she will be “coming on home soon.” As the days go by slowly, Ada Ruth begins to realize that her grandmother misses her mother as much as she does. Set during World War II, Jacqueline Woodson’s poetic text is filled with longing, while E. B. Lewis’s realistic watercolor paintings give a sense of the immense loneliness both Ada Ruth and her grandmother feel.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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