Mama is the hardest-working person I know. Since we don't have everything we want, I guess even hard work takes time to pay off. Prayin...moreFavorite lines:
Mama is the hardest-working person I know. Since we don't have everything we want, I guess even hard work takes time to pay off. Praying seems like it might be faster. p.11
"I would have come straight after the accident but Mrs. Parker and my mom decided to let you rest for a few days." Mae scowled. "What person in their right mind doesn't feel better with their best friend? Answer me that, will you? Grownups can be stupid. That's all I have to say." p. 32
When load number one was in the dryer, spinning away, the back room became hotter than a rainforest in the middle of August. Sweat puddles formed by my feet. I'd seen pictures at the library of people standing in the jungle, naked as jaybirds. I always wondered why anyone would walk around without any clothes. Now I knew. p. 107
"How do you know?" I asked, my voice sharp. "how do you know everything will work out right? Miss Martha looked directly into my eyes. "I don't." "What?" My heart skipped a beat. "I don't know for sure," said Miss Martha. "But I believe it will." "How long do you need to believe?" Miss Martha stared out the window over the sink. "As long as it takes." p. 123(less)
I knew something was fishy about this book when I opened it up and saw the foreword. But I shrugged it off and continued. Then I turned the page and s...moreI knew something was fishy about this book when I opened it up and saw the foreword. But I shrugged it off and continued. Then I turned the page and saw, introduction. Okay this was weird. I haven't ran into a foreword AND an introduction since I was in college. I closed the book, turned to the spine to double check that it was intended for children. Maybe I was mistaken and grabbed this out of the adult section at the library. Nope. Juvenile.
I finished reading the forward and the introduction. The last sentence was, We hope you enjoy it. Hmm... weird way to begin a book. Well... I did enjoy the illustrations quite a bit. I feasted on the colors and line details. Especially devoured the night scenes. The use of different fonts for each character's dialogue was a unique and wonderfully unexpected touch. But, the language was not of the same quality as the illustrations. The only way I can describe it is dumbed down.
The pond animals have asked us to do them a favor: Get ride of Mr. Big! Yes, it will be a daunting and dangerous task, but think of the rewards: Without him, we would rule the pond! I suggest we first observe him for a few days to learn his routines. Then we can determine when and how to attack him.
Come on! These are crows! Crows! Joyce Sidman wrote a poem in their honor because they're organisms who have beaten the odds of survival!
It wasn't just the crow dialogue either. It was the frogs, the crayfish, the fish, newts, etc. They had no dimension other than delivering a message to the reader: (Finger pointing and waggling in your face) Everything has a niche in nature and just one thing can make it go haywire! I think the movie Beasts of the Southern Wild said it much more eloquently. (less)
Fortunately, Gemma wasn't one to despair. "Snap out of it," she barked. "It's time for a plan. Let's list what we know for sure." She b...moreFavorite lines:
Fortunately, Gemma wasn't one to despair. "Snap out of it," she barked. "It's time for a plan. Let's list what we know for sure." She began to tick off items on her fingers, consulting her notepad for reference as she spoke. "First, their song talks about a clock and a door. Second, your psychic told you that he picked up definite readings here, right?" "Parapsychologist," Max corrected her weakly, nodding. "Whatever."
I particularly love the "let's list what we know for sure", because I constantly say this to my students when we approach math word problems. Now I see that I must say this during all problem solving experiences!