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I always have liked peaches

March 14, 2010

No, really. They’re my favorite fruit. And fruit is my favorite food. So basically, peaches are the best thing ever.

Consider that a sidenote, because the real purpose of this post is to update you on the progress toward my non-resolution. In case you don’t remember, I made quite the list of books I wanted to read this year. It’s really nice to have them written down to refer back to as needed.

I read James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl during our independent reading time at school, and finished it a couple of weeks ago. I know it’s a classic, but something about it just wasn’t that great. I found myself constantly wishing for something better and more exciting to happen….and then the book ended.

A discussion my students and I often have is about connecting with the book and the characters. We talk about reasons you connect with characters (i.e. you have something in common or you think you might want to be their friend). Perhaps the reason I didn’t really like this book is because I never was able to connect with any of the characters. I felt like it was a stream of events, without ever really giving a “feel” for their personalities. Sure, Roald Dahl does a great job of telling you what each character’s faults are, but these aren’t effectively shown.

So, I’ve never lived in a peach. Basically this is why I didn’t like James…or the book, really. Glad I’ve finally read it, though. Something tells me I read it as a child, but it didn’t make an impact on me, and now I can see why.

On to my next book…Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli. Loving it so much that I did an impromptu read aloud from it on Thursday, and the kiddos were spellbound! I’ll let you know what I think at the end of it.


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