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The Scarlet Ibis: The Collection of Wonder

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  4,366 ratings  ·  169 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
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
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
Sarah Sheffield
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
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 the A Sound of Thunder. Excellent and I recommend it wholeheartedly.
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
Dana Salman
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Lilibeth Ceja
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.
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!!!! :)
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.
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.
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.
Clare Swapp
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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.
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! :(
I cried, and i loved it, but it just shows how realistic the world is and not every innocent person can survive.
Mwana Mali
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
MESSED UP!!!!!!! WHO DOES THAT?????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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
Oct 01, 2010 Yvette rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Lit Lovers
Recommended to Yvette by: My son
Shelves: lit
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B. Branin
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
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My first time reading an eBook. It's actually really helpful because I read unusually fast on the exciting parts I'm beginning to realize. So when I'm going too fast during an eBook, I acknowledge the person is still waaaaay behind so it really slows me down (which is good). Anyways, not the point of this review. After reading this book, I was extremely inconsolable. When I turned to the last page and was reading the last paragraph, I actually turned off the eBook because I f

The Scarlet Ibis

By James Hurst

Review by Kenzie Pascale

Having a sibling might be a hassle to deal with but James Hurst has shown me not to take it for granted. Based off his book The Scarlet Ibis, where a brother wants his new baby brother to be full of fun and for them to be able to do normal brotherly things together. But it’s all takes a wrong turn when the family finds out Doodle aka the baby brother is born with a condition. Throughout the book doodle kept surprising me with his will to stay
Rachel Jackson
There wasn't a dry eye left in my ninth grade English class after we finished reading this story. Well, that might be an exaggeration, but even today, almost 10 years after we read it, my classmates and I still remember "The Scarlet Ibis" for the awful tragedy and beautiful language behind the story.

It's the story of childhood, brotherhood, when two boys bond together over the growth and health of Doodle, the younger brother. The boys play together, the older teaching the younger, wanting him to
Haya Zuhair
How amazing ! this story makes my eyes burn with sadness and anger ! I like the theme that tells us " When pride wins over love, the result is tragedy " there's an obvious conflict between love and pride in this story. It's obvious that the brother loves Doodle and has some sympathetic feelings towards him, but it seems that his pride drives his actions. However, this is very very clear because his pride made him push poor Doodle beyond his capabilities. There is another conflict which made me d ...more
Chris S.
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
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
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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