The Wanderer 5/6/2010

Out of all the good books I've read this year, The Wanderer by Sharon Creech is probably one of my top 3 books. It is a just right book for me because it is about the right length and I can understand the content good enough think that that I can enjoy the book. I think this book is similar to The Swiss Family Robinson, a book that was about the discovery of New Zealand, it included all the survival skills that were in The Wanderer too. This book made me feel that if you try to make things happen, it will happen.

First, I would probably want to talk about Cody, he is the kind of person that never gets serious, doesn't worry, just wants to have fun, he seems very simple on the outside, but deep down, he has a lot of problems. He starts this way, but seems to get more serious towards the end of the book. Sophie is the only girl aboard The Wanderer. She starts off wanting to go sailing and boating all the time and claims that te ocean calls to her. At the end, she is sick of the sea after being stranded in it for 3 months.

The problem is solved when the weather changes when they are nearly there. They wouldn't have made it there with all those leaks, but when the weather changed, the crew members patched it up, letting it finish it's journey. What I would change in the story is the end, leave it bad weather, I would really like to see what they would do if the weather didn't change. I think the author's message is if you try to do it, you can.

Tracker 5-4-2010

I have finished reading Tracker by Gary Paulsen for a literature circle book. This book made me feel that I was being taught by my parents all over again because they always said that if you believe you can and you try, you can achieve it. This book is a just right book for me because the reading level is about my level, I can understand the plot.

I have chosen to talk about John and John's Grandpa and how they changed, in the beginning, he was hoping he could go hunting with his grandpa, in the middle, he knew what he needed to do, shoot a deer and bring back the liver for his grandpa, next, touch the deer because it has a link to his Grandpa's fate. For John's Grandpa, he doesn't change much but he changes in the middle from wanting John to do the normal chores he did, to becoming just as hardworking as John and taking up the job.

In the end, John was tracking the doe for 2 days and a night strait, until he finally managed to tire the doe out until it collapsed, then, he touched it, he did not shoot, because he thought there was a link about the doe that had something to do with his grandfather, if I was the writer, I would have cut down the front about John going to school and starting it right away at the hunting part. I think that the author's message is that if you try and hope to do something, it will happen.

The Tale of Despereax 4/22/2010

One of my favorite books is The Tale of Despereax by Kate Dicamillo. This book made me feel that as long as you want and try to do something, you will achieve it. This is sort of like the other book that I read in class called Tracker because in the book, John wanted dearly to go and touch a doe, he tried for more than 2 days and a night and he finally suceeded, this book was a Just Right book for me because I understood the plot and the words in the story.

Despereax is a mouse, twice as small as a normal mouse should be. He had ridiculasly large ears and was born with his eyes open. He was not like a mouse should be, he didn't like to eat, he just liked music and reading, he even fell in love with a human princess. He fainted at loud sounds and always carried a handkerchief in one hand because he always sneezed and coughed. He changes because he was a "wimp" when he was sent to the dungeon, but a different mouse when he came out. He even decided to go back again to save the Princess. Roscuro was a rat who desired light, he lived in the darkness of the dungeon, but he wanted to go upstairs to be bedazzled with brightness. Except that when he went upstairs, he somehow managed to get into the queens soup. The queen loved soup and when she found a rat in it, it scared the life out of her, literally. Seeing that the queen was dead, his heart broke and some hearts when tried to be mended mend in not the excatly the right way. He was a different rat, he wanted something beutiful for himself, thats why he wanted the Princess trapped in the dungeon forever.

The book ends with Despereax saving the Princess and Roscuro changing his ways. The Princess gave Roscuro free access from the castle dungeon and the upstair rooms, they even gave him soup, wich was forbidded after the queen died. I would like to change the part when Roscuro tortures a prisoner and realizes it is really not what he wanted and realised that what his parents told him about suffering was the answer was all wrong, I would have changed that part and put more details about him escaping the dungeon for the first time.

Perloo the Bold 3-1-2010

The book I have completed is Perloo the Bold by Avi, this is a JR book for me because I can understand it clearly and the words are at the appropriate level for me. This book made me feel that sometimes you just need to try something you don't want to do. Sometimes, the same thing is for me, I can easily say this is true after I do a performance on stage in front of a lot of people. I don't like the idea beforehand and walk away very comfortable of what I achieved.

Two main characters are Perloo and Berwig. Perloo is a shy Montmer, rabbit-like animals who talk and think like a human can, starting out only caring about reading his books and drinking tea in his own burrow in his bed, he becomes a great leader after tricking false ones and going through enemy territory. Berwig is the cub of the last granter and has a disgusting attitude and also wants to be the granter even though he wasn't chosen, he loves to eat and scratches himself making him look as ugly as a Montmer could be. Really rough in the beginning, he then becomes aware of himself when he is finally thrown in jail for doing all the wrong he had done.

For the solution, Perloo wins a duel against Senyous, another self-proclaimed granter of the Montmers, becomes a granter and makes a rule, from now on, nobody will be granter, let everyone be granter so that anyone can vote for the tribe rules. The thing I would change in this book is the part about Gumpel, talking to Senyous and Berwig, and put something more interesting like something about Perloo in the Felbart (wolf-like animals) territory. I think that the authors message in this story is to try something you don't want, be open minded to anything, even if it does not please you.