When his mother and father die in a fire, 7-year-old Lonnie Collins Motion (Locomotion) and his little sister, Lili, are sent to different homes to live. Lonely and sad, Lonnie yearns to be reunited with his sister and to be able to tell others about his life. Now that he is 11, he learns a whole new way to communicate his feelings and his memories when a compassionate teacher introduces him to poetry. By reading his poems, you understand about his life, his growing faith in God, his friends, his teacher, Miss Edna, and his family. Perhaps, his poems will help you discover a new way to tell about your own life.
Research Links for Locomotion
that Dog by Sharon Creech
Daddy's Arms I Am Tall by Javaka Steptoe
Daddy Prays by Nikki Grimes
The Kids' Wings
activity guide for Locomotion
by Alice Mead with Kids Wings Unit
Special thanks to Rose's Front Porch for the background music, "Pass It On "
in integrated curriculum.
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