The novel The Pigman is written in the alternating point of views of the two main characters, John and Lorraine. John and Lorraine are sophomores in high school, whom had met and became friends because of their shared boredom of school and odd sense of humor. Lorraine was sitting alone on the bus and John sat down next to her. Out of nowhere, John started laughing and Lorraine was mortified that he was laughing at her. For the most part, Lorraine was very aware of what others thought of her. Lorraine realized that he was not laughing at her, and they both burst out laughing and were friends ever since.
The story “The Pigman” by Paul Zindel is a very good book in my opinion. The book is about two kids who’s avocation is pranking. They love to prank people when they are with eachother. When they prank people they sometimes mortify them and try to make them look bad or stupid. In the story the one main charachter Lorraine, called a man by the name of Angelo Pignati and he anwsered the phone. Lorraine decided to Have some prevarications. She told Mr. Pignati that she and the other main charachter John, were charity workers and they wanted a donation. Mr. Pignati agreed to it and he said that they should come over to his house so he could give the money to them in person. They agreed to do that and they went over to his house the next day. Lorraine was antagonistic and did not want to collect the money while John really wanted to get the money from him. They both went over to the pigmans to collect the money.
The symbols present in “The Lesson” by Toni Cade Bambara, depict the economic and social injustices faced by specific members of society, specifically the children in the story. The characters in the story are being mentored by Miss Moore, a woman from their block who has taken up the role of taking them out on weekly outings. The story touches on the situation of the children that are stuck in living in almost poverty. “The Lesson” focuses on the socioeconomic disparities between the different racial groups and how. Bambara uses several techniques such as irony, othering, and second person point of view to make the story meaningful and demonstrate the characteristics of the characters.
In John Updike’s “A&P” and Toni Cade Bambara’s “The Lesson” the two authors illustrate difficult initiations teenagers face while they realize the harshness of society around them. Updike’s “A&P” explores the inner thoughts of a teenage boy, Sammy, who makes the tough decision to quit his job at the local A&P and realizes the bitterness of the world. Similarly, Bambara’s “The Lesson” explores the inner thoughts of a teenage girl, Sylvia, who realizes the value of money and clash of social classes through a field trip to a toy store. Although the protagonists are a part of different societies, they share similarities in character development through parallel epiphanies.
The Newbery Award winning book I chose to do my literature review on is The Whipping Boy. This book would be taught for grade 5. The story is about a young boy by the name of Jemmy who was orphaned and made a living for himself by catching rats in sewers. Jemmy becomes the whipping boy for Prince Horace who is known to be a rather bratty Prince. Every time Prince Horace misbehaves Jemmy is punished with spankings in his place because it is illegal to punish the prince. The mischievous prince decides to run away and forces Jemmey to go along with him. The two boys eventually run into trouble when two bandits, Hold-Your-Nose Billy and Cutwater take them hostage. Assuming he is royalty because he can read and write, the two bandits plan to use Jemmey for ransom in order to get money and treasures from the King. After a few more dangerous adventures and the help of Captain Nips and Petunia, the boys finally find their way back to the city. In the end the boys, who are complete opposites, develop a deep friendship and appreciation for one another. The Prince changes for the better and learns to be a to be a more well behaved and respectful young man (scholastic.com). There are several reading strategies
The beloved children’s story, The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt has reached classrooms and homes all over the world. The book spans 40 pages with 31 of those pages dedicated to the actual story. The story has just around 1,000 words. The number of words per page varies significantly between 5 and 96. However, the pages with letters from each of the 12 crayons span between 50 and 96 words per page. The illustrations by Oliver Jeffers carry the story through. Jeffers designed the story to have simple illustrations that are reminiscent of a young child’s own abilities. In fact, these drawings could almost be done by a child. This makes the story more accessible to children
With the mass amount of entertainment and media that gets shoved in our faces on a daily basis, it can be a difficult task to look between the lines and see what’s really going on. While many of our favorite shows, movies, and books seem like light entertainment, they often carry hidden messages meant to sway us into a particular worldview. Blackmail in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, drug abuse and promiscuity in Scooby Doo, and mistrust and paranoia in If You Give A Mouse A Cookie are just a few examples of why we need to be consciously aware of what media is trying to tell us.
In “Gryphon” by Charles Baxter, Miss Ferenczi provides the narrator, Tommy, with a space for imagination, creativity, and wonder in his otherwise dull life. Miss Ferenczi is a substitute teacher who has the wonder and creativity that Tommy craves. She teaches the class new ideas called substitute facts, and when the kids ask why she’s telling them these random facts she replies, ““Because it’s more interesting that way,” she said, smiling very rapidly behind her blue-tinted glasses. (169).” Her response alone shows she has a fondness for not only knowledge but fun and creativity as well. Her facts like 6 times 11 is 68 and planets control behavior are also indicators of her creativity. Miss Ferenczi is also full of imagination which every young
William Golding’s fictional, British novel, Lord of the Flies, presents a character that serves a two-part function as a “scapegoat” and a certain commentary on life. During WWII, a group of British boys are being evacuated via plane when they crash and are stranded on an island without adults. As time progresses, the innate evilness of human nature begins to overcome the savage society of young boys while Piggy, an individual representation of brains without brawn, becomes an outlier as he tries to resist this gradual descent of civilness and ends up shouldering the blame for the wrongdoings of the savage tribe.
J.I. Packer, a Christian theologian, once stated, “Wisdom is the power to see and the inclination to choose the best and highest goal, together with the surest means of attaining it.” In the novel, Lord of the Flies, written by William Golding, a group of English boys are stranded on a tropical island during the time of war. They discover that the island is inhabited and attempt to create their own civilization while waiting for rescue. However, as time passes by, things begin to get out of control and the boy’s own inner savagery quickly consumes them. Throughout the book, Piggy, an intellectual boy with poor eyesight and asthma, is shown to be an insightful collaborator because he is perceptive, intelligent, and conscientious.
Parents are always supposed to look out for the best interests of their child. Anne Tyler authored the short story “Teenage Wasteland” which depicts the story of a strained mother and son relationship between the character Donny, and his mother Daisy. Donny is a teenage boy who is struggling with his grades at school and is exhibiting poor behavior. His mother, Daisy is concerned with her son’s grades and behavior, however, she fails at getting her son the help that he requires. Told through the point of view of the character Daisy, Tyler uses irony to tell the story of a teenage boy who is failed by the adults in his life who are supposed to help him flourish, including his parents, a psychologist, and his tutor.
The story “The Lesson” by Toni Cade Bambara illustrates how a young girl of the name Sylvia decides to ignore the help of her new neighbor Miss Moore. The little girl and her fellow childhood friends get the opportunity to take a field trip to a toy Museum; Miss Moore is the host and her intentions are to expose the isolated kids to show them that there is more to life than living in poverty. Bambara’s word choice portrays the vocabulary that the little kids possess, and they do not know nearly as much information as Miss Moore does because she has a college education. She attempts to educate the kids with numerous facts, but the kids disregard it because they are too fascinated at what the museum has to offer. Sylvia has a foul attitude and