Hesse’s novel follows one young teen, Vera, and her friends and family as they struggle to make sense of what is happening, to survive the hardships and to adapt to a life none had ever imagined. The beauty of the work is that Hesse can convey so much in so few words. Here is one page…
When Eva returns from Ketchikan, she says
The creek there is like a woman
Dressed in a filmy g ...more
Told through the voice of a teenage Aleut girl, the story is informative, compelling, and simultaneously heart-breaking and heart-warming.
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I was pleased with the form of writing, terse vignettes bring a type of transcendence of the mundane, spotlighting the daily activities and subsequently infusing the prosaic with meaning. An example of this would be the use of descriptions of the preparation of meals.
The writing style being focused and simple fits the form perfectly. The free verse form has an interesting effect when used to describe a story of multiple years.
The author writes abou ...more
There is a group of indigenous people who live in a string of islands where it sits on, according to Wikipedia, both the US and Russian territory, called Aleutian. The story presented by Ms Hesse is something that happened to them during WW2 in 1942-1945. It follows Vera, an Aleutian teenager in the time where hers & 4 other village were relocated into a forest. The reason was to ensure the safety of the people from Japanese attacks.
Just imagine, a group of people that grew up & live t...more
Aleutian Sparrow is another verse novel from Karen Hesse, similar in style to her Dust Bowl story, Out of the Dust. Starting in June of 1942, just months after the Pearl Harbor attack, Aleutian Sparrow tells the story of how within days of that attack, all the Aleut people were evacuated from their villages and moved to relocation centers, the government fearful of fishing contract disagreements between the Aleut and the Japanese. They are assured the move is only temporary, but detainm ...more
As a teacher, if I incorporate this book into my curriculum I will use it as a segway or compliment to some other lesson. Possibly with a unit on WWII to offer other perspectives on the wa ...more
This book offers itself for many lessons, such ...more
This book would be great when learning poems, or when learning about different perspectives and teaching children to be skeptical about what is in their History books.
Will be most useful if paired with an American governement article showing the government's view of them moving the ...more
Japanese. Also it was because they went to Alaska as again
a refugee. She got evacuated because of all of the war that
was happening. So this book was also interesting because
they were at a city in Japan. Also this book was very interesting
because it felt like it was real because that actually happened in
real life they brought over refugees to where ever it was safe. So
it was a really good book.
This book is like diary which is written poem, so it is easy to read; children do not get stress to read even ESL learners.
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