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The Face at the Window
Dora learns to overcome her fears of a mentally ill woman who lives in her community in this gentle and compassionate story set in contemporary Jamaica, West Indies.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 9th 1997 by Clarion Books
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Nov 23, 2019 Jana rated it it was amazing
It's easy to fear and marginalize those that we don't understand. The children in Dora's Jamaican community make fun of Miss Nella because she has such strange and scary ways. Dora and her friends watch Miss Nella fighting invisible battles in her front yard and then retreat back inside her house. Dora tries to knock a mango off of Miss Nella's tree as part of a dare from her friends. But when she sees Miss Nella staring out the window at her, she becomes terrified that something awful will happ ...more
The Face at the Window begins with Dora and two of her friends in their neighbor, Miss Nella’s, yard. They’re trying to hit mangos off a tree to eat. Dora accidentally throws too hard and hits Miss Nella’s door. Her friends all tell her that Miss Nella is a bad, powerful woman and that she will send her three-legged horse to kick her. Dora goes home, afraid, and tells her parents what happened. Dora’s parents explain to her that Miss Nella isn’t a bad, powerful woman, but that she has a sickness ...more
The Face at the Window has such a good moral from it. The main characters of this story are Dora, Miss Nella and her friend Lureen and Trevor. The setting of the story is contemporary Jamaica and the point of view is from a narrative. The story begins with Dora and her friends snooping around Miss Nella's yard because they're trying to knock a mango off a tree. Dora gets frightened when she see's Miss Nella's face in the window of her house. The reason she is frightened is because her friends to ...more
The Face at the Window was a story based out of Jamaica about a young girl who made a bad decision because she was trying to impress her friends. Dora took off a mango from a tree on Miss Nella’s house, who witnessed her taking it. Dora felt guilty and scared of what Miss Nella might do to her. There were many rumors about who Miss Nella was and what she was capable of. Dora told her parents of what happened, and they take her to go see Miss Nella. What will happen when they see each other again ...more
Mar 31, 2011 Kathleen Ruff rated it really liked it
The story of village and its oldest member, whom all the youngsters thought was completely insane. The youngest of all was also brave by explaining to her dad the insane rumors she had heard and it wasnt before she came to realize that rumors are just things people casually make up and its not always good to believe them. Great book to read to students when one may begin to talk about another, rumors they have heard, or telling stories on other people.
Feb 22, 2015 Leslie Fisher rated it it was amazing
Wonderful award-winning book. There are so many lessons to be had from this book: doing the right thing, taking responsibility for one's actions, compassion, facing your fears, and more. Beautiful, colorful illustrations.
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