By Jacqueline Woodson, illustrations by E. B. Lewis. In this day and age building new fences seems to be the thing. Here is a lovely picture book about girls looking for a way to build a friendship in spite of the fence that divides their town. Both of their mothers, white and black, tell them to stay on “their” side, because it is not safe on the other side. The girls are obedient but intensely interested in knowing and befriending each other. Their child’s hearts win out in the end. This story brings peace and hope to me as gently as leaves floating down or a breeze in your hair, as sweetly as the smile of a new friend. We may not know the way to come together and lose the ugliness, but if we can let the children’s hearts stay open I think we can make it.
Use it to teach the Quaker testimonies (SPICES) of equality and community.