Childrens Literature Review

Childrens Literature Review-1
This book has many feminist undertones, the author goes through maturation as the book progresses, and compares herself to other girls and other women.As many of the girls the author grows up with get married or become involved, the author finds that she wants to move away from Mango Street and go her own way.Each chapter is much like an extended poem, very rhythmic and descriptive.

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Additionally, the language in this book is wonderful and vivid.

I would love to use this in a literature class as an example of descriptive language, a creative narrative, or as stimulation for a readers’ response.

This book is very descriptive and uses wonderful, descriptive words that really make the wave come alive.

Culturally everyone pictured in this book is white and the family in the book is middle class.

Genre: Realistic Fiction Descriptive Annotation: How I Survived Fifth Grade is written from the perspective of fifth grader, Elliot.

Elliot is the smallest boy in fifth grade- he has been getting made fun of his entire life.Additionally, this would fit in well with a social studies class for older grades- students could use the book as an example of the experience of first and second generation Americans living in an impoverished divided neighborhood. I think some of the chapters would not be suited for every class of students- but I think many of the chapters in this book could be taken out and isolated and used with many classes.I think that this is definitely a middle school level book overall (though, yet again, there are certain chapters that have the potential to be used with younger grades).Many of the chapters are about people who are trapped on Mango Street due to the circumstances in their life.The narrator tells the story of growing up on Mango Street- describing people she meets, growing up, being sexually assaulted, and eventually moving away from Mango Street.The language in this book uses fairly simple words, but holds extremely complex ideas.Culturally, everyone described in this book is fairly poor.Students could discuss what the ocean is like during different seasons and discuss how different aspects of nature change with the weather. It was one of the more creative children’s books I have read.I think many students would be completely fascinated by the surreal aspect of bringing a wave home as a sort of pet.Title: My Life With the Wave Based on the Story by: Octavio Paz Translated and Adapted by: Catherine Cowan Illustrated by: Mark Buehner Publisher and Year: Lothrop, Lee, & Shepard Books (1997) Number of pages: 30 Genre: Fiction Descriptive Annotation: In My Life with the Wave the unnamed protagonist visits the ocean with his family. The boy decides to bring the wave home with him on the train. At first everything goes well, the wave and the boy play together and the wave is happy.But as the year goes on and winter comes the wave gets sad, and begins to grow cold and angry- upsetting life at home.


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