In the poetry section of The Joy of Children's Literature, I included a verse from Locomotion in which Miss Edna's constant "Be quiet!" keeps Lonnie from thinking:
But when Miss Edna's voice comes on, the ideas in my
head go out like a candle and all you see left is this little
string of smoke that disappears real quick
before I even have a chance to find out
what it's trying to say. (p.1).
Hearing this verse recited in Woodson's own voice brought me such joy!
The Reading Rockets site has an interview with Jacqueline in which she talks about "juggling manuscripts, avoiding boredom, and where her ideas come from." Enjoy!