Coming On Home Soon

Book Summary: 

During World War II, a young girl named Ada Ruth must learn to be brave after her mother goes far away to make money for the family. Ada Ruth is kept company by her grandma and a stray kitten as she waits for a letter from her mother. Ada Ruth begins to lose hope when her mother doesn't write for awhile, but eventually she receives a letter with some money that reassures her that her mother will be coming home soon. 

Jacqueline Woodson
E.B. Lewis
C. Putnam's Sons
Guiding Question: 

Have you ever longed for something to happen? How did you keep hope that it would happen when times became very hard? Do you think it was hard for Ada Ruth to keep hope when so much was happening in the world at that time? 

Howard’s Format from You Can’t Teach What You Don’t Know (73-85): 

Honesty- At the beginning of the story, Ada Ruth's mother says to her, "Ada Ruth, they're hiring colored women in Chicago since all the men are off fighting in the war." Why does she say that colored women, not women are being hired? 

Empathy- Think about a time you really wanted something to happen, but you didn't know if it would or not. What were your feelings? Describe them.

Advocacy- Find out about how families in America were affected during World War II, especially the role of working women. Click on the link Partners in Production for more information. Describe Ada Ruth's and her grandmother's struggles. Do you think many people struggled in the U.S. during World War II?

Action-  Think of ways you can stay hopeful and positive when things are difficult. How can you support others when they're struggling in similar ways? 


Book reivewed by Sarah Mudd, Ohio Northern University teacher candidate.