Examples of the love Jackie's family feels for each other in Brown Girl Dreaming.

Two examples of the love Jackie's family feels for each other in Brown Girl Dreaming are the pride her mother instills in them and Jackie’s worry over her baby brother’s illness.

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Throughout Brown Girl Dreaming , Jaqueline Woodson writes about many members of her large, extended family. As a child, she moves several times and lives with different family groups. Jackie retains a firm impression of her mother’s strength and the pride that she always tried to instill in her children....

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Throughout Brown Girl Dreaming, Jaqueline Woodson writes about many members of her large, extended family. As a child, she moves several times and lives with different family groups. Jackie retains a firm impression of her mother’s strength and the pride that she always tried to instill in her children. After the move to New York, Jackie grows very concerned about her baby brother, Roman, when he becomes so ill that he must be hospitalized.

In the years when the children and their mother are living in South Carolina, where they relocate after the parents’ separation, young Jackie is constantly confronted with evidence of discrimination that they and other African Americans face. As Woodson writes in one poem about Greenville, her mother encourages the children to remember that they are “as good as anybody.”

When the new baby, Roman, is born, Jackie senses that she has been displaced as the “baby of the family”: she is no longer the youngest child. It requires quite an adjustment to become fond, rather than jealous, of Roman. These petty feelings evaporate, however, when he is taken ill. Roman is poisoned by eating toxic lead paint used in their apartment. During his absence while staying in the hospital, Jackie realizes how much she cares about him.

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