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The Scarlet Ibis: The Collection of Wonder

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  5,176 Ratings  ·  240 Reviews
Creative Education's short story collections are ideal introductions to some of the world's best-known authors. the short, timeless classics of Jack London, Rudyard Kipling, Ray Bradbury, and others are celebrated in these handsome volumes.
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published September 1st 1987 by Creative Education (first published July 1st 1960)
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Lydia Strope
Nov 06, 2011 Lydia Strope rated it it was amazing
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In my English class we just finished reading this and this short story was just absolutely amazing. Hurst describes everything in perfect, precise detail and he explains absolutely everything. At first, in the beginning when he talks about how he was going to smother his brother I was appalled and couldn't really fathom why we were reading something like this in class. But, throughout the story I could see why. Even though most of the things that he does to/for his brother, helping him walk, tea ...more
Feb 07, 2015 Sara rated it it was amazing
I read this short story in an English class in high school, and it made a huge impression on me. I know this because some fifty years later I remembered it in amazing detail. It is perhaps the best example of symbolism and foreshadowing you will ever encounter. It is to symbolism what The Raven is to alliteration. But there is more to it than a study in symbolism. It is a story about pride, about cruelty, and about selfishness that is self-destructive. It is about the complication of loving some ...more
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I read this around 1997. It was actually a short story in a high school lit book. I had never read it before and it brought me so much sadness. One of my book club friends here on GR has made a suggestion to read it....I am not sure I can read along. All I feel is sadness when I remember it. So, I guess I read it 20 years ago....would I feel differently today??? I doubt it. is a great read. I highly recommend it.
Oct 07, 2010 Liz rated it really liked it
I believe it is more than just a sob story or a tear jerker. It is about losing something important that you can never get back, something we all have gone through. Brother wasn't as horrible as people think. He's just not the heroic, defender-of-the-little, perfect, prepackaged bubble gum type of fictional character that doesn't exist in real life: He is like a normal human being and I can especially relate since both of my brothers have mental disabilities and I know how it feels like to want ...more
Why do I keep reading books like this? I'm tired of (view spoiler) I don't even know how to rate this. But, I now know why around forty% of high schoolers never read another book after they leave school. If this is what books consist of, I too, would never read another. The writing skills have nothing to do w ...more
Nick Polizzi
This is hauntingly beautiful in every single possible way. Compiled with characters that feel so incredibly real and excellent symbolism to instill a feeling of thorough captivation, this work of art is probably my favorite short story of the year. And I've read many; from The Most Dangerous Game to A Sound of Thunder. Excellent and I recommend it wholeheartedly.
Sep 29, 2015 Amytiger rated it really liked it
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Sarah Sheffield
Nov 01, 2011 Sarah Sheffield rated it really liked it
This story was definately one I had to fight back tears with. I don't think it was just me who felt this way, I mean I looked over and saw half of my friends trying to do the same. This story was great! The deep symbolism that was embedded in it, made a much more complex meaning and made me ponder on it more than I would have. It got me thinking about life, and the value of each person. Having a special needs sister made this story even more close to home, for me. There were many things I connec ...more
Dana Salman
Jan 25, 2010 Dana Salman rated it it was amazing
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Mwanamali Mari
Jul 17, 2014 Mwanamali Mari rated it really liked it
I read this book about 5years ago when I was in high school and I shed tears after reading it. It starts out so unimposing then delves into this deep, meaningful and profound narrative. I haven't been that moved since. The ibis is a metaphor, well, eventually it becomes a metaphor. It was a symbolic foreshadowing, quite excellently executed. It's a short story. I can't explain much more about it without revealing the entire story. Brother, I felt your pain. I felt your woe. I loved your narrativ ...more
Apr 22, 2013 Alyazia rated it it was amazing
This was one of the few story we took in class that enjoyed, I was literally going to tear up. Had to keep it in.

I loved the way that the author had connected the Ibis to Doodle. Doodle is basically a helpless child who was a huge disappointment to the family but mostly to his brother. Although Doodle's brother was such an asshole, I sort of understand his twin personality.

One second he would be like

and after a moment

I hate doodle though, if I was his sister I'd kill him for no reason at all. J
Feb 24, 2017 Paula rated it it was amazing
"It was in the clove of seasons, summer was dead but autumn had not yet been born, that the ibis lit in the bleeding tree.1 The flower garden was strained with rotting brown magnolia petals and ironweeds grew rank amid the purple phlox."
purple phlox


"... "Doodle, don't you want to learn to walk?"
He'd nod his head, and I'd say, "Well, if you don't keep trying, you'll never learn." Then I'd paint for him a picture of us as old men, white-haired, him with a long white beard and me still pul
Lilibeth Ceja
Nov 02, 2011 Lilibeth Ceja rated it it was amazing
this is a short story that I read in my language arts class and I really liked it. Its a story about a young boy who is making his way through life only to have something horrible happen to him. Reads it to find out what it is.Reading this story will make you think of the world in a different way. Also it will change the way you see the ending of most books.This is a book I reccommend to people who want to have a different type of story to read.
Jun 27, 2012 Debbie rated it really liked it
Loved the symbolism in this book.
The message in the book was brilliant.
It was sad to think that the older brother did certain actions because of his pride, and how he did not want an "invalid" as a brother.
The way the scarlet Ibis and the little brother related to the Ibis died even though it's come a long way...just brilliant.
Loved it.
Nov 09, 2011 Natalie rated it it was amazing
I just read this book in my freshman class and I loved it. The detail and the literary work used by James Hurst is amazing. The descriptions and the visual pictures that are painted into your brain are just amazing. I almost cried when the father wanted to have a casket made for the baby that he was assuming the worst for and lived. We haven't read the last five pages but so far so good!!!! :)
Mar 10, 2011 Julianne rated it really liked it
I thought that this was a good quick read. It is only thirty-six pages long, has no chapters, and a picture every couple of pages. Although the pictures are well drawn, I would not suggest looking at more than three of them PRIOR to reading the book. It would ruin the story. Again, go ahead and read it, it's a good book. But it is very sad.
Jul 18, 2011 Mare rated it liked it
A story of two young brothers, the younger one (Doodle) being born disabled and his older brothers desire to push him to his full potential. You're left asking yourself does he do it for love or for his own selfish reasons? This story made me cry and left me stunned.
Sep 14, 2010 Rayshawn rated it it was amazing
The Scarlet Ibis was a very interesting short story because, it was sraight to the point.
Although it was straight to the point, it time to let you get to know the characters and you can see how you are like them.
Clare Swapp
Sep 09, 2009 Clare Swapp rated it really liked it
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MESSED UP!!!!!!! WHO DOES THAT?????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jun 28, 2014 Andry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I cried, and i loved it, but it just shows how realistic the world is and not every innocent person can survive.
May 07, 2013 Maitha rated it it was amazing
Dec 22, 2008 Stefani rated it it was amazing
This was a great story... they only problem was that I had to read it in class so I didn't have any tissues to wipe away the tears! :(
Nina (JustAddAWord)
Even more depressing as a reread. Why I read things like this, I'll never know.
Nov 02, 2011 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
I just returned to this short story after nearly two decades. I had read it in high school and decided to read it with my 9th Grade Language Arts class. While I had always remembered how devastated I had felt at the ending of the story, I was too young when I first read it to appreciate how well Hurst creates an environment that is at once inviting and haunting.

I found myself entranced by his language. I read the first few paragraphs a dozen times. Each time, I marveled at the word choice. Each
Sep 30, 2010 Yvette rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Lit Lovers
Recommended to Yvette by: My son
Shelves: lit
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B. Branin
Jul 02, 2014 B. Branin rated it it was amazing
This was required reading for my Junior year in high school. We finished this story just as the bell rang and I ran out of the classroom so no one could see me crying. The emotion that is packed into such a short story is beyond description and to this day I have a copy of this book on my bookshelf, untouched, because I am afraid of re-reading it and breaking down all over again.

This is the standard I set for myself when I try my hand at serious prose. If I could coax even a third of the emotion
Chris S.
Dec 08, 2011 Chris S. rated it it was amazing
James Hurst uses deeply symbolic language and heart-wrenching predictions to tell this story. As with all great literature it is multi-layered and can be interpreted as telling many different stories besides the obvious one of a brother who went too far. Like Alfred Hitchock said, the most suspenseful story is one where you know something bad will happen. All in all, this story uses great language and vivid imagery to get a very needed point across. I will let you figure out that point for yours ...more
Byron Melville
Nov 01, 2011 Byron Melville rated it liked it
The Scarlet Ibis, was a good short story to read, but there were parts where the story began to droll and lose my interest. I loved the amazing symbolism between the Ibis and Doodle, as well as many other symbols throughout the story. However, I did not enjoy the lack of background to the character's lives and the setting in which the story took place. That said, I would read this book again, and would recommend this book to anyone who reads this review.
Ellie Carlson
Nov 02, 2011 Ellie Carlson rated it liked it
I'm not a fan of depressing books, but as far as this story goes it was really good. Most was inspirational but as the last couple pages were turned I decided it was not for me. It was a good story and very interesting, but not the type of book that I enjoy reading. The symbol was very interesting which made me like it more, but still not a type of book I look forward to reading.
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Early life-
James Hurst grew up in North Carolina on a coastal farm, the present site of US Marine Corps. Camp LeJeune.

After attending North Carolina State College and serving in the United States Army during World War II, he studied singing and acting at the renowned Juilliard School of Music in New York. Hoping for a career in opera, he went to Italy for additional study. After three years he aba
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