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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Filled with mixed emotions, Lonnie’s English teacher, Ms. The author places the characters jxcqueline nearly unbearable circumstances, then lets incredible human resiliency shine through. Mar 12, Lauma rated it really liked it Shelves: Mar 08, Kelly rated it liked it Shelves: Through a masterful, insightful teacher, Lonnie learns the power of poetry and the written word.

Now, at the age of 12, Lonnie still struggles with the aftermath. I would use this book as a way to inspire students to write their own poetry.

Lonnie’s parents die in a fire when he is seven. Lonnie recalls sweet rememberings, the nightmares of the fire that destroyed his previous life, the rare and all-too-short visit Lonnie Collins Motion- LoCoMotion- remembers dancing with his mother and his sister to the locomotion song.

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Ratings and Reviews 0 0 star ratings 0 reviews. I’m just me and sometimes I maybe make a little bit of noise. Slow readers can enjoy the poetry and finish the book more quickly than a denser novel.

However, that is the woidson. He is now eleven, and his life is about to change again. It is interesting and unique that this book is set up in a poetic format as it describes how Lonnie explores poetry’s various forms. The series of free-verse poems that make locomltion Locomotion allow readers to follow Lonnie as he copes with the loss of his parents, being away from his jacquelinw Lili and his new life living with foster mother Miss Edna. As he puts feelings into words, he is able to unlock the pain and begin a life of hope.


This book is based on the poems of a young orphan Lonnie whose life changed dramatically when his parents died. You can remove the unavailable item s now or we’ll automatically remove it at Checkout.

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 loved lying and getting away with it! He remembers his mother and father who were the heart of his home, and his locomoiton, Lili, who nows lives in a different world.

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I very much enjoyed this text and how it was written. This book gave me a lot of attention and I was like “Wow”. This day is already putting all kinds of words in your head and breaking them up into lines and making the lines into pictures in your mind And in the pictures the people are laughing and frowning and eating and reading and playing ball and skipping along and spinning themselves into poetry.

Marcus, is showing him ways to put his jumbled feelings on paper. Separation from parents, foster families, poverty, race Curricular Use: He goes across town to visit his younger sister Lili, she lives in a nice brownstone with her new mom.

Before starting this book, I thought that Lonnie’s parents taught her son poetry, through going in different places in the world. These poems are simple and searingly beautiful. Marcus, the only white teacher in a predominantly black community.


Locomotion – Jacqueline Woodson

Jacquellne is a poetic novel that I listened to in the form of an audiobook. I wrote on paper bags and my shoes and denim binders. Marcus, encourages him to express his feelings through poetry–something which he is very good at. Feb 23, L-Crystal Wlodek rated it really liked wodoson Shelves: Dancing around the kitchen to that song This would be an excellent novel for most classrooms. It also showed how even though a child went through something hard, they can always come out on top of things.

Nov 06, Megan rated it it was amazing Shelves: Loved it and one of the poems I want to print out and frame. Sometimes the best books choose us. Published December 29th by Speak first published January 1st This allows him to tell the world about his life Locomotion is a poetic novel that I listened to in the form of an audiobook.

Overall, this poetic novel is humorous, heartbreaking, and inspiring.


Things like my brown, brown arm. Between Madison and Palmetto. Not only did Lonnie lose his parents, he also is separated from his younger sister Lili as they are put in separate foster homes. May 01, Brooke rated it jacquelie was amazing. If You Come Softly.