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Reyes Torres, Agustín. 2012. Jacqueline Woodson’s narrative style in The Other Side: An African American picture book for children. Language Value 4 (2) : 23–37. 15 pp.
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The metaphor of a fence is central in the interpretation of the children's story The Other Side, written by Jaqueline Woodson. The African American author of this novel makes use of this metaphor in order to express feelings of loneliness, exclusion and inclusion contrasts. Racial issues and interracial relations are also addressed in The Other Side. The article provides an account of the aspects that make Woodsn's narrative style unique. The author contends that Woodson's story is both grounded in the African American experience and also attempts to deconstruct and reconstruct what it means to be a black person in a white society.