Coming On Home Soon

When Ada Ruth’s mom goes to Chicago for work, she and her grandma lead a quiet life, coming-on-homealways remembering Mama is coming on home soon. In her quiet prose, Jacqueline Woodson shows the beauty of family: love and responsibility that compels one member to leave and others to wait at home. Illustrations by E.B. Lewis capture the emotion.

This is a beautiful picture book with a historical setting. In the 1940s, women in America went off to work on the railroads while the men were at war. (Historically women worked on railroads during  World War I as well, but this book is about the second World War.)


About AnEducationInBooks

Wendy BooydeGraaff is the author of Salad Pie, a children's picture book published by Ripple Grove Press. Her work has been published in Emrys Journal Online, The Emerson Review, Jellyfish Review, Bending Genres, SmokeLong Quarterly and Leopardskin & Limes, and is forthcoming in NOON. Read more work at or find her on Twitter @BooyTweets.
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1 Response to Coming On Home Soon

  1. We have this book – it is a lovely one. I really like Ms Woodson’s story. And those illustrations are fabulous. Thanks for sharing!

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