Wednesday, May 3, 2017

May Grades 3-4 Book Club: The False Prince

For May's book club, we read The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen. Anthony, Avery, Claire, Maida, Madison, Quinn and Reagan were present. This is what we discussed, based on questions from 

1. Sage lives in an orphanage and steals food to live, but refuses to go with Conner, who seems to offer him a great life. Why is Sage so reluctant? 

-Because Sage didn't know what would happen once he was with Conner
-Because his dad told him to stay in hiding
-He didn't know there would be death involved 

 2. Why doesn’t Conner let Latamer go? 

-So he can teach the other three a lesson about how serious he is about his plan
-Conner wants the kids to know that he isn't fooling around
-Latamer was there solely to teach the kids a lesson 

3. During the lessons and competitions with Tobias and Roden, Sage frequently acts as if he does not want to be prince. Why does he behave this way? 

-Probably because he doesn't want to give his identity away
-No one wanted him to be king when he was the prince and so he thinks that the people of the kingdom would not want him as their ruler

4. The only person Sage seems to trust is Imogen. Why do you think they have such a strong bond? 

-Possibly because she gets cut and bruised all the time so they feel sympathetic toward each other
-They have a bond because every time Sage gets hurt, Imogen has to heal his wounds

5. Why does Sage put the kitchen knife under Tobias’s mattress? Why doesn’t Sage tell Mott or Conner that Tobias attacked him? 

-He didn't tell Mott or Conner because he really didn't want Tobias to kill him
-He promised Tobias that he would forgive him and let him go when he became king
-Sage made a promise to Tobias and Roden that he would set them free after he became king
-He put the knife in the mattress so that there's no evidence. Sage didn't tell on Tobias because he didn't want Tobias to be killed    

6. Do you think Sage is like a caterpillar that goes wherever he wants without being noticed? Or as Mrs. Turbeldy believes, is he like a cockroach that runs freely in the night but scatters in the light? 

-I think he's like a caterpillar
-Consensus is that he's like a caterpillar

7. Sage says that it’s not easy to be one type of person when you’ve worked so hard to be a different type of person. Have you ever pretended you were a different type of person than who you really are? What was that like? 

-I am extremely introverted but with some people I act extroverted
-When I'm at home, I like to shout and run around. At school I am more quiet.
-I pretended I was funny

8. What clues foreshadowed Sage’s true identity? How did Mott figure it out? What might have happened if Conner found out Sage’s true identity before he was ready to reveal it? 

-He looks so like Jaron and he didn't reveal his identity because Conner would have killed him
-Mott has eyes on the back of his head (in that he is very intuitive)

9. Sage insists that Imogen, Roden, and Tobias follow him to Drylliad. Why did he insist on their company? How did they feel about accompanying him? 

-He invited them because they were his "friends" even though Imogen was very reluctant
-He decided to bring them along because he felt bad that they might die because he left them behind
-Imogen did not want to go. But then she wasn't mad at him anymore because she realized she had been tough on him 

10. Conner beats Sage to try to ensure that Sage follows his orders once he is king. Why doesn’t Sage tell Conner the truth and save himself the beating?

-Because he wants to save his identity unveiling when he becomes king
-Plot sequence
-He doesn't tell Conner because his father told Sage/Jaron not to tell anyone his real identity
-Also, Conner tried to kill Jaron when he sent the pirates to kill him

11. Would you read a sequel to this book?:

-Everyone would read the sequel
-This is my second favorite series besides Wings of Fire

12. Please rate this book between 1-5

-Seven 5s 
-Shoutout to Quinn for suggesting this book

In June, the members of all of the Book Clubs (Grades 1-2, Grades 3-4, Grades 5-6 and Grades 7 and Up) are invited to come discuss their favorite books on Wednesday, June 21 at 3:00 p.m. We will not be reading any specific books during June, July or August, but in June we will be sharing books that we've read and would like to recommend to others. Or books that we've disliked. Or books that we can't wait to read. It's an open discussion. Snacks will be provided. Get some great ideas for Summer Reading! Your suggestions might be a part of a Summer Reading Book List compiled by Miss Lisa and school librarian Miss Casey!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

April Grades 3-4 Book Club: Julie of the Wolves

For April's Book Club, we read Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George. Anthony, Avery, Clare,  Madison, Maida, Quinn, and Reagan were present. This is what we discussed, guided by

Why has Miyax (Julie) run away from home? 

-she doesn't want to be with Daniel who tried to mate with her
-she wants to go to San Francisco to be with her pen pal Amy

How is it that she is lost on the tundra?

-she ran away and didn't make it to California
-she didn't have a compass and other things that she needed to find her way
-she didn't have the North Star to guide her because the sun is always out   -she didn't have enough food

How does Miyax (Julie) feel about American ways of life? How does she feel about traditional Eskimo ways of life? 

-the American way is that they will kill animals for fun (or sport)
-she likes the Eskimo traditions better because she was born into them
-at the beginning, she wanted to go to SF and the lifestyle 

Do her feelings about these remain constant throughout the novel?

-they do remain consistent
-they is always trying to be friends with the animals
-they changed a bit because she decided to stay with the Eskimos
What has Kapugen taught Miyax?

-he taught her how to speak some animals languages
-he taught her how to hunt and survive and make shelter
-he taught her to skin animals and make hides

What are the different seasons on the Alaskan tundra like?

-in winter, it's cold 
-in summer, it's hotter outside
-the sun goes down 
-the sun stays out in other months
-the North Star is her guide through the tundra when the sun goes down   

What does the author tell us about the people and animals of Alaska?

-they started hunting for sport (at the end)
-they know how to survive in the frigid cold weather
-they are sly and will run from humans
-they are furrier than animals here because they need to stay warm

What are some clues from the author that tell the reader when the story takes place? 

-it's 1957
-there are cars, TVs and TV dinners, electricity
-in the mid to late 1900s

What do you think is the most important theme in Julie of the Wolves?

-the Eskimo way and how to be friends with animals

When have you had to be courageous? 

-I jumped off a cliff into the water
-I fell into a 10 foot hole and had to wait for my father to rescue me
-I went on a really high swing in the forest.
-in Hawaii, I went in a canoe that went out really far from the shore. The ride was rewarding.
-Tower of Terror 
-Campbell and I were free-skating on really hard ice which was very painful on our knees 

Which of the characters do you like the most? The least? Why? 

-I liked Kapu the best because he was the best friend to Julie. I liked Jello the least because he stole Julie's food.
-I liked Amaroq the best because he stood up for Julie. I disliked Jello the most because he was mean.
-Amaroq was a leader and was kind to Julie.
-Amaroq because he stood up for Julie. Jello the least because why would you steal food?
-Kapu because of his name. Least was Kapugen because he killed Amaroq and turned from his culture.
-I agree with Maida that Kapu is the best because he was a friend to Julie. Jello stole from Julie.  
-Kapu the best because he gave her meat when she was starving.    

Is Miyax similar to kids you know who are the same age? How are they different?

-My brother is courageous
-My babysitter Allie is nice like Julie
-My older cousin who is brave and nice to people
-My older cousin because she likes doing sports

Is there a character in Julie of the Wolves who you think is a little like you? How so? 

-I might be like Silver
-I'm like Amaroq because I'm a leader and nice to people
-I think I'm kind of like Miyax because I love animals
-I'm like Miyax or Kapu  

Are the messages and themes and lessons taught in Julie of the Wolves important now? Do you think they will be more or less important in the future? How so? 

-we don't have much in the way of Eskimo ways
-you should be nice to people
-Eskimo way of only taking from the Earth what you need is like the modern recycle movement

Is it okay that the author included some sensitive issues and events in Julie of the Wolves? Do you think anything should have been left out?

-Amaroq's death
-that Amaroq was killed by Miyax's father
-why Julie left home 

-(2) 1s
-(1)  2
-(2)  3s
-(2)  4s

For May's Book Club, we will read The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen.

In the country of Carthya, a devious nobleman engages four orphans in a brutal competition to be selected to impersonate the king's long-missing son in an effort to avoid a civil war. 

Book Club will be held on Wednesday, May 3 at 3:00 p.m. Please pick up a copy of the book at the Circulation Desk and be sure to register so that Miss Lisa knows how many snacks to buy!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

March Grades 3-4 Book Discussion: The Tale of Despereaux

For March's Book Club, we read The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo. Anthony, Avery, Cameron, Clare,  Madison, Maida, Quinn, and Reagan were present. This is what we discussed, guided by

Think back to the moment of Despereaux's birth when his parents and siblings first laid eyes on him. What was unusual about him? Do you think the author gave Despereaux these unusual traits for a reason? What might these features symbolize about Despereaux’s character? 

-His eyes were open when he was born, so he was way different.
-He had big ears
-He was tiny
-I think the author gave Despereaux these features on purpose because they make him special and stand out
-I think he was born with these traits. His tiny body and his big ears help him; nimble body helps him get around quicker and the big ears might help him in the dungeon
-It proves that he is a good listener because he could hear the music from far away  

In the beginning of the story, Despereaux reads a fairy tale to himself in the library. In what ways is the book you just read like a fairy tale? In what ways is it like real life? 

-It has talking animals. That's not like real life.
-It's like a fairy tale because Despereaux is like the knight who saves the Princess (Pea)
-The queen was frightened to death, which doesn't usually happen
"The story begins"
-There are rats in dungeons and mice in walls. Usually mice have a lot of children, which happened in the book. 
-There's a castle and there are castles in read life.
-Usually mice and people would live in castle dungeons, which happens here.    

List three mice rules that Despereaux breaks in the beginning of the story. What punishment does he receive from the Mouse Council? 

-He goes to the dungeon to be eaten by the rats
-He can't let humans touch him
-He talked to a human
-He was sitting by the foot of the king (don't be seen by humans)

Imagine you are Lester at the moment the Mouse Council votes to banish Despereaux to the dungeon. What, if anything, would you say to convince the council not to send Despereaux away? Why do you think Lester remained silent? 

-Because he did something bad in the mouse world. They could have given him one more chance.
-If I was the father, I would take my son's place and go in his stead in order to save him.
-He might have remained silent because he was speechless.
Why isn’t Miggery Sow afraid as she stands in the dungeon with Gregory’s meal? 

-Because she can't hear well and she can't hear all of the rats. She had too many clouts to the head.

Miggery Sow tells several characters that she is going to be a princess. Compare and contrast their reactions to Miggery’s statement. What does each character’s reaction tell us about him or her?  

-Most of the people said "no one cares what you want"
-Princess Pea was one of the only ones who said that she could be whatever she wanted 
-The Princess Pea was really understanding of Miggery's predicament
-Miggery's "Uncle" says that no one cares what Miggery wants. Roscuro doesn't care what Miggery wants.  

What does Botticelli tell Roscuro will happen if he goes up into the light? Was his prediction accurate? Explain your answer. 

-Botticelli said that Roscuro wouldn't be able to survive in the light and with people but that wasn't true
-Botticelli said that the upstairs is the domain of the mice
-Botticelli was wrong and when Roscuro went up there, he was okay

Was Roscuro a "bad guy"?

-Roscuro didn't mean to kill the queen and the Princess Pea didn't mean to cause the circumstances that led to the queen's death

Describe Despereaux’s dream about the Knight. How does the dream help Despereaux on his quest? 

-He doesn't see anyone in the suit of armor and so he's really the only one to go in the empty suit of armor (metaphorically) to save the princess
-It made him feel brave
-It gave him self-confidence 

Despereaux encounters the cook on two occasions. How is the cook’s attitude toward Despereaux different during their second meeting? What do you think is the reason for the change in her attitude? 

-She was making soup and so she was happy. She knew that the mouse could talk and tell the king but he didn't choose to do so. Usually, she wants the mice to be dead. The best mouse is a dead mouse.
-The cook was happy because she made soup and she was happy. She had a better attitude during their second encounter
-Cooking soup was against the law but she saw an ally this time in the mouse because they were both doing something against the rules
-She let Despereaux go by because he could have told the king about what she was doing but he didn't  
-The cook was glad that Despereaux wasn't a human who found her out. 

Describe the relationship between Miggery Sow and the Princess Pea. What do they have in common? What are their differences? 

-At first, they were nice to each other. Toward the end of the story, Miggery wanted to switch places with the Princess so that she could become the princess
-Miggery Sow wasn't trying to hurt the Princess Pea; she just wanted to switch places with the Princess
-In the beginning, they were kind of friends. Toward the end, they were kind of enemies. By the end, they became friends again
-The relationship was like a semi-circle.  

Which characters help Despereaux overcome the challenges he faces on his quest to save the Princess Pea? 

-Mice that helped Despereaux were the Threadmaster, the Cook, his dad changed his tune toward the end to help him

Imagine you have broken a rule and have been banished from your community. What would you miss most? If it meant you could return to the community, would you say you were sorry, even if you felt you had done nothing wrong? 

-I would miss my friends and family the most. And I would miss the library. And my dog. I would say I was sorry to get back
-I would miss the library and I wouldn't say I was sorry because I hadn't done anything wrong. Could I make it up by doing something good as opposed to saying sorry?
-I would miss books, family and friends the most. I would say that I was sorry 
-Depending on how good the soup was.
-We talked a little bit about ridiculous laws  

Did you like the way the story ended? Why or why not? Now imagine the Kingdom one year after the story has ended. Do you think anything has changed? 

-The conversation went on for a bit, so I stopped typing to allow for free-flowing thoughts on this.

For April's Book Club, we will read Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George.

"While running away from home and an unwanted marriage, a thirteen-year-old Eskimo girl becomes lost on the North Slope of Alaska and is befriended by a wolf pack."

Book Club will be held on Wednesday, April 5 at 3:00 p.m. Please pick up a copy of the book at the Circulation Desk and be sure to register so that Miss Lisa knows how many snacks to buy!