Jacqueline Woodson tells her stories from growing up as an African American woman in the south and the hardships and discrimination she faced, all through poetry.
BROWN GIRL DREAMING
In the 60s, Jacqueline's brother, Roman, picked the paint off of their bedroom wall and ate it every time their backs were turned. One day, he wouldn't get up, so his mom took him to the hospital and found out that the lead from the paint had gotten into his blood and that he had lead poisoning. He was hospitalized for a whole summer.
Jacqueline would dance the merengue with her family at their occasional gathering. The merengue is a quick Dominican dance that you do with a partner.
In her childhood, Jacqueline's grandfather was quite old. Her whole family embraced that he was going to die soon. At one point in the book, Jacqueline says, "My grandfather coughs again and the earth waits for what and who it will get in return" (Woodson 101).
CITATION Woodson, Jacqueline. Brown Girl Dreaming. Puffin Books, 2014.