I had heard so much about this book and was always looking for a chance to check it out, a nearly impossible task at our public library. When I finall...moreI had heard so much about this book and was always looking for a chance to check it out, a nearly impossible task at our public library. When I finally got my hands on it I devoured it like a child eating chocolate. I have heard it is a real eye-opener and after reading it, I would concur that this is true. It gives the reader a new perspective on life and all the opportunities for one to discover their own personal quest in life. I think it's impossible to read this book and not think of where you are in life now and where you want to go. (less)
**spoiler alert** Pure perfection. I wouldn't change a thing about it.
A couple of points about certain characters:
I hated Orpheus with a passion as I...more**spoiler alert** Pure perfection. I wouldn't change a thing about it.
A couple of points about certain characters:
I hated Orpheus with a passion as Inkdeath progressed. What a low self-centered egotistical know-it-all! If there's one thing Funke is good at it's bringing a reader's passion into the story with the good mix of characters she used. There was just the right amount of lovable versus hateful characters.
And Fenoglio didn't change at all. But I came to tolerate him more in this book than in the others as Orpheus overcame him in ego and self-centeredness.
I wasn't too sure about Resa's character throughout the story. Some of the things she did became a little over the top if you know what I mean. I understood that she was worried for Mo, but her decision making in the story usually ended up with bad results. I felt just as bad as Meggie did when she caused Mo to be handed over to Death.
I loved that Elinor and Darius came over to Inkworld! Albeit she was a little bit annoying around Fenoglio at the end, but her scenes always made me laugh. Every good story needs an Elinor.
Thank goodness Mortola died when she did, there would have been too many characters with hidden agendas in the story if she had lived through to the end.
And last but not least Dustfinger. The combination of him and Mo trying to kill the Adderhead was pure perfection as it's best. I've loved Dustfinger throughout the books. My favorite scene in the story has to be towards the end when Mo and Dustfinger are talking and Mo 'reads' to Dustfinger about Roxane in the Castle of the Lake right before the Adderhead arrives. What an enchanting scene. If they ever make a movie about of this book I'll judge it all based on how they play that scene, and also the one where Jacopo sneakingly gives Mo the White Book.
Basically, I loved this book from front to back. I don't think it would really fit for juvenile fiction however; some of the descriptions of Orpheus's behavior with his maids seemed a little inappropriate for young teens. But reading it as an adult, overall the book was brilliant and a fitting end to the trilogy. (less)
I learned how a person can ultimately rely on one's own self for survival and comfort, especially when put in a predicament where one must do so. The...moreI learned how a person can ultimately rely on one's own self for survival and comfort, especially when put in a predicament where one must do so. The most interesting parts for me were the main character's internal struggles, the thoughts of whether he would survive another day after being injured or having all his belongings taken away from him. I've heard that the skills he uses in this story were actually used in real life by another boy who was lost in woods. It has inspired me to read more survival stories in the future because of all that can be learned from them. (less)
I read this book today to the Kindergarten class I am observing because it tied into the discussion they've been having for a while about the animals...moreI read this book today to the Kindergarten class I am observing because it tied into the discussion they've been having for a while about the animals of the rainforest. My cooperating teacher thought this was an especially good time to read this book because it's about a python and they are studying the various types of snakes right now. Overall I thought the story was wonderful. The illustrations were beautiful and the kids were very engaged. The whole concept of a snake's point of view on molting and getting older seemed to appeal to them. After reading the story, I asked the class what lesson they might have learned from it. Little Caroline spoke up and said, "It shows that it doesn't matter how old you get, because you can still do the same fun things you did when you were little and still be yourself." Needless to say, I was thrilled. I gave this book a 4/5 though because I felt some of the language in it would go over the heads of the age group it says it's for (4 and above). Words such as 'antics' and a few others I feel could have been simplified for younger listeners. Nevertheless, the kids got the jist of the story and understood the plot which is a reasonable expectation of children at the Kindergarten level. And big words in a story always present an opportunity for children to learn new vocabulary, so this can be a positive aspect of reading this story to little ones. It's important to expose children to rich language and vocabulary so that they begin to break down the semantics of language, and this book may have some words which can aid in that. (less)
This is a great story; as usual Eric Carle's illustrations just jump off the page, making everything seem alive. This story was a good follow up for t...moreThis is a great story; as usual Eric Carle's illustrations just jump off the page, making everything seem alive. This story was a good follow up for the kids discussion on chameleons today. It reinforced what they learned about chameleons changing colors. A few pictures also supported the fact that a chameleon's eyes are independent of each other and can look two ways at once, I never knew this before so that was interesting. If I hadn't seen my cooperating teacher mention this to the class I would have thought Eric Illustrated the chameleon's eyes as a bit freakish on purpose!
Other than as a follow up after a lesson about chameleons, this book is a great story in general. It has a cumulative effect where each animal the chameleon wants to be is illustrated tiny on the side of each page, the number of them growing as the story progresses. On the other side of the page, the colors of each animal are added as the story goes on as well. The kids thought it was hilarious to see how weird the chameleon looked every time he wanted to look more like another animal on each page.Overall a great book, lots of color and lots of fun for kids. (less)
This is a well written story based on the experiences of the author's German ancestors' immigration to Texas. I think it has a lot of potential for a...more This is a well written story based on the experiences of the author's German ancestors' immigration to Texas. I think it has a lot of potential for a good read aloud in an upper elementary classroom, especially since there are some units available that have been made by teachers who have adopted this book in their classrooms. Although the story line is wonderful, many would agree it is a sad story because many people die on the journey to the new colony (including Mina's mother and their neighbor's baby girl), however it has a very hopeful ending with the message that although there will be struggle in starting a new life, there is always better hope for the future. (less)