Thursday, November 16, 2017

November Grades 3-4 Book Club: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

For November's Grades 3-4 Book Club, we read The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo. Alba, Ava, Fiona, Lauren and Luna were present. Here's some of what we talked about!

Edward is repeatedly lost by those who love him. Have you ever lost something you treasured? How did you deal with it?

-I used to have a puppydog toy, which I would tell my friends was real, and one day I lost him. I cried and then I forgot about him.
-I have a stuffy that I sleep with every night. We were at a hotel and I left it in the sheets. The cleaners at the hotel thought they had found it but it was the wrong bunny! I cried.
-I got an Orca from Sea World and lost it. I kept thinking that it was where I used to live and blamed my brother. I was sad.

The day the maid misplaces Edward, Abilene runs from room to room, calling for him. Why does Abilene loves him so much? What emotion does Edward feel in return and why?

-Abilene really loves Edward. Edward feels like she can be annoying sometimes. He definitely loves her less.

This book is Edward's story, but all of the people who take him in have their own stories, too. Which was your favorite story and why?

-When he was with the fisherman because he was happy there and wasn't cranky. It seemed fun.
-My favorite story was with Bryce and Sarah. I was sad when she died. I liked how Edward loved them.
-My favorite part was with Bull and the dog because all of the homeless people would whisper secrets to him and call him by his own special name.
-I liked when Edward was with Bull and Lucy because I like dogs but also because he was with them so long, he learned to love them. And he listened to the hoboes and what they had to say to him.
-I liked when Edward was with Sarah and Bryce because that's where he was most happy.
-I think that Edward loved the grandma and grandpa and Sarah and Bryce the most.

What might happen to the characters after Edward leaves? How does Edward change their lives?

-I think when he got kicked from Bull and Lucy, Lucy would have tried to have jumped off the train to find him
-I think Abilene was very sad and tried to look for him. I think she put up Missing posters.
-In third grade, we had to write about inanimate objects and I wrote about a pencil that didn't like its owner. I think Abilene, Bryce and Bull were the most upset.
-Everyone that Edward traveled with thought that he was alive. They talked to him and acted like he was alive.
-I think when Edward got his head cracked, Bryce showed how much he loved him by giving him up to get him repaired.

The old doll helps Edward change his attitude and open his heart again. She tells him, "If you have no intention of loving or being loved, then the whole journey is pointless" (page 189). What does she mean? Have you ever encountered someone who changed the way you thought or looked at the world?

-I think she meant that if Edward doesn't ever love anyone on his journey, then why go on the journey
-Wonder did that for me

What are some of the life lessons Edward learns on his journey, through good times and bad? What life lessons have you acquired in your life that you would like to pass on to someone else?

-To be less cruel
-To love people
-To be more loving
-When Sarah died, he learned that everyone dies
-From Lawrence and Nelly's daughter, Lolly, he learned that he should be nice 
-He learned that everyone thinks of him differently (Nelly thought he was a girl)
-Bull and Bryce treated him the same (they went on adventures)
-He represented a child that they lost to Nelly and Lawrence
-Lolly could have been a nice person but maybe her sadness about her brother's death made her a mad person (sad and mean) and she let her emotions out on Edward
-Lolly probably changed because she thought differently about the world after her brother's death
-Lolly wanted to know why the highchair was out and it brought out bad memories of her brother's death.

Please rank this book between 1 and 5, with 5 being the best.

There was one 3
There were three 4s.
There was one 5.

For December's Book Club, we will be reading A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket.

After the sudden death of their parents, the three Baudelaire children must depend on each other and their wits when it turns out that the distant relative who is appointed their guardian is determined to use any means necessary to get their fortune.

We will meet on Wednesday, December 13 at 3:00 p.m. Please register (and pick up your library copy of the book) at the Circulation Desk so that Miss Lisa knows how many people to expect!

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