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Thursday, March 15, 2007

Off the Shelf 0607-15

if you come softly
By Jacqueline Woodson
© 1998

Miah is black and the only child of celebrity parents who are now separated. Ellie is white, Jewish and the youngest of five children in a relatively “loveless” family. They meet as sophomores, both new to a private school, and fall deeply in love.

Woodson’s portrayal of their relationship is poetic, poignant, and purposeful. Furthermore, the exploration of their own connection is inextricably tied to that of their families and to the tension of an interracial relationship.

if you come softly
as the wind within the trees
You may hear what I hear.
See what sorrow sees.
If you come as lightly
as threading dew
I will take you gladly,
nor ask more of you.

Introspective and full of subtle symbolism, this book may tug at your soul, but its refreshing honesty kept me fully grounded. Though published nearly ten years ago, it is timeless.

My recommendation: 4 ½ out of 5 stars

Submitted by M. Coleman, Media Specialist



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