That summer, the fence that stretched through our town seemed bigger.
We lived in a yellow house on one side of it.
White people lived on the other.
And Mama said, “Don’t climb over that fence when you play.”
She said it wasn’t safe.
Jacqueline Woodson “The Other Side”
Page after page, the white and black little girls first observe each other from above the fence before sitting on top and ending up on the other side playing with other neighboring children.
Published in 2001, the picture book is an easy metaphor about prejudice and barriers that even young children can understand.
I got the 10th anniversary edition for my children’s literature book club and found the book absolutely perfect for today as our President just took his official oath.
Books sometimes hint at big changes before they happen.
Fences have indeed fallen.