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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Overall, this poetic novel is humorous, heartbreaking, and inspiring. I would definitely read this book to my students! They made me ache in good and hard ways.

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jacquelien Ryan This answer contains spoilers… view spoiler [Yes, this seems true. It would be an excellent book to teach while discussing poetry, because it shows that to write poetry, you just need to take pen to paper and describe something.

Children and adults who enjoy historical fiction and stories of overcoming hardships. I think that this book helps a lot people that are learning poetry, by a mixture of a real plot and some poems written by Lonnie. From teaching poetic forms like haiku and sonnetto breaking down tough topics, this novel hits every note that I wanted it to. Marcus’s class Lonnie begins to learn about poetry.

Students are often intimidated by poetry, because many find the meaning behind poems difficult to decrypt. Lonnie prefers not to be constricted by form, he likes free verse but begins to spread his wings and fly into other categories. What a wonderful book!!!


However, Locomotion is written in a way that proves poetry does not have to be overcomplicated. Lonnie fills his poetry book about his life, both currently and in the past when his parents were alive. Close Report a review At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information.


But with the help of a teacher Lonnie finds a way to express his grievances through his poetry. You can read this item using any of the following Kobo apps and devices: Lo Co Motion Yeah. Lonnie Collins Motion is just a 5th grade boy who is trying to navigate life without his parents and separated from his sister by the system, and he’s doing it using poetry thanks to his teacher Ms.

He is now eleven, and his life is about to change again. Would you like us to take another look at this review? Because Lonnie is such a likable character and the various themes of the story are easy to relate to, I would think that students wooodson be inspired to write their own poems about their own lives.

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. Marcus, Lonnie learns how to channel locomootion innermost feelings into poetry. Feb 12, Macy Davis rated it it was amazing. As he puts feelings into words, he is able to unlock the pain and begin a life of hope.

Lonnie Collins Locomotionencouraged by his teacher Ms. I wrote on everything and everywhere. You’ve successfully reported this review. Mar 26, Reading is my Escape rated it liked it Shelves: Marcus is teaching Lonnie how to become a real poet, and now he keeps on writing poems everyday.

At just pages, Locomotion is a simple read yet manages to fully capture the raw emotion woven throughout the book’s themes of love, loss, family, race and finding your identity in the world. His parents locomotjon to call him Locomotion, after the song. I am also a little concerned by this. It was an easy read that allowed me to capture the story in about one sitting. The poetry is simple, understated, and insightful. Apr 10, Bridget Subialka rated it it was amazing. I think this book would be appropriate for 5th or 6th graders.


This is the first time I’ve read such a long story written through a series of poem Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson is the story of Lonnie, nicknamed Locomotion, an eleven year old boy who has been living with Miss Edna, his foster mom since his parents passed away in a jacqueoine when he was seven.

With both of this aspects together, I jacquueline that the books teaches a lot of thing about poetry, for example, it teaches you how to write different types of poems through dialogues between Lonnie and some educators in the school. Slow readers can enjoy the poetry and finish the book more quickly than a denser novel. Things like my brown, brown arm.

Lonnie lives with different people from the church before he is put in a “Group Home” and labeled by his peers a “Throwaway Boy” p. I’d use this book with 6th jacqheline 8th or 9th graders, depending on the class. Marcus, is showing him ways to put his jumbled feelings on paper. She’s already raised two sons and she seems to know what makes them tick.

Readers, though, will recognize Lonnie as a survivor. Other books in the series. I would definitely recommend this book to teachers to read to their students!

Read in one sitting. Feb 05, Lindsay rated it it was amazing Shelves: Imagination Station Children’s Series Vol. Motion lost his parents in a fire and has been separated from his sister. Touching, Poetic Story I’m not really a loud kid, I swear.