Saturday, March 26, 2011
Revisiting an Old Favorite
From the prereading activities, my child knew that the girl character was going to die. At first, I was disappointed because he wouldn't have the shock that I had gotten to experience; however, after I thought about it, I thought that it was probably better that he was prepared for that. My child doesn't handle surprises well and has a sensitive heart.
From using this for school, I learned Ms. Paterson wrote this book because one of her sons had a girl who was a close friend who was killed when she was struck by lightning. She asked the child's parents to read the book first to make sure they approved. She wanted it to be a fitting tribute to the children's friendship to paraphrase.
I am so glad I was able to read this book in my youth. It is definitely worthy of the Newbery Award. I'm looking forward to watching my son enjoy this book and hopefully grow from this book, too.
I usually let my child choose the books we read in literature from a list I've approved of. This was a book recommended in the book What Stories Does My Son Need: A guide to books and movies that build character in boys by Michael Gurian. I admire and respect Michael Gurian very much. He is probably best known for his book The Wonder of Boys. I think he gives excellent advice and he has a fantastic understanding of boys and how they learn. Boys and girls are different so their learning styles are different, their needs are different, and their responses are different. He does a great job of explaining/proving this and how we can best respond. Another book of his that I really like is The Good Son: Shaping the moral development of our boys and young men. This book does not rely heavily on any particular religion. Even one who is not inclined towards God can still enjoy this book and learn how to help moral development.