Wednesday, February 4, 2015

February Grades 3-4 Book Club: My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George

For February's Grades 3-4 Book Club, we read My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George. Marisa was present. This is what we discussed:

Why has Sam run away to the mountains?
-Because he wanted to get away from the city. New York City. He lives with his family.

What tasks does he set for himself once he finds the property?

-He wanted to find his grandfather's farm and make it his. He went to a library and asked a librarian for help in finding the farm. And he did. He got food and he found someone who taught him how to make a fire. He also learned which foods he could eat.

Sam uses various survival skills to make a home in the wilderness. What are some of these skills?

-He learned how to get deer by taking the deer out from under hunters' noses. He used the deer for food and clothing. Sam also found a tree stump that was hollowed out and he used it for water.

Why doesn't Sam's father prevent him from leaving home?

-Because he said that he should run away because every boy has to try it sometime. He also thinks that Sam might come back quickly. His father tried leaving home once but it was only for a day. He ran right back home.

Sam says of Frightful, "She was a captive, not a wild bird, and that is almost another kind of bird." What do you think Sam means by this? In what way might Sam's statement apply to himself?

-Maybe because the bird hunts different animals and Sam is kind of the same.

On a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the best, how would you rate this book?

-So far, the book is a 4.

For Book Club in March, we will be reading the book Bunnicula by Deborah Howe.
Though scoffed at by Harold the dog, Chester the cat tries to warn his human family that their foundling baby bunny must be a vampire.-summary

We will be meeting on Wednesday, March 4th at 3:00 p.m. As always, snacks will be provided. Please be sure to pick up your book at the Circulation Desk and sign up for Book Club for each session that you attend!

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