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Thursday, May 25, 2017

About A Girl by Tarryn Fredde

About A Girl

By: Tarryn Fredde

A baby girl is born.
Her eyes sparkle with
innocence, and new beginnings.
What she doesn’t know,
is that from that day on,
she will be judged
by what she does,
who she is,
what she wears,
and how she acts.

This is the first mistake.

The girl, now three years old,
sits sobbing behind the jungle gym.
A boy has just kicked sand in her face.

When she finally gets her teachers attention and tells her what happened, she grins slightly and chuckles.
At her.
Her teacher is laughing at her because a boy just kicked sand in her face.

“Oh sweetie,”
she says, the sickly-sweetness of her voice
making the girls stomach turn,
and the tears fall harder.
“That just means he likes you.
Besides, it’s just what boys do.”
Her teacher smiles again,
and walks away,
leaving the girl more hurt
 and confused than before.
Absolutely nothing is done
About the boy who kicked sand in her face.

This is the second mistake.

The girl,
now in the third grade,
has decided that
Her favorite thing in the whole world is
basketball.

But when she goes to play with the boys,
they laugh at her.
“You can’t play basketball!
You’re a girl!”
They say with a violence of a million suns,
and she gets burned by the solar flare.

But she tells no one,
because of the four little
words that have been
ingrained in her head;
“Boys will be boys.”

This is the third mistake.

In middle school,
things are vastly different
for the girl.

She sees all the other girls
wearing makeup and
gossiping together.

And she has no interest at all.

But then,
The comments start to roll in.
“Why don’t you wear makeup?”
“You should wear makeup.”
“You would look prettier with makeup.”

And when the thinly veiled insults start getting to her, she gives in and
starts wearing makeup.

This is the fourth mistake.

When she comes to school the next day,
 with makeup,
 the comments make her head spin.
“You’re wearing too much makeup.”
“You’re too young to be wearing that much makeup.”
“Makeup is false advertising!”

When the girl gets home,
she scrubs her face
until it stings,
 and cries herself to sleep that night.

This is the fifth mistake.

It’s two years later, and the girl decides that
she wants to wear a tank top
because it’s hot that day.

But the moment she walks into school,
the principle points at her,
and leads her to his office.

He informs her that her tank top is violating
dress code,
hands her a detention slip,
and makes her call her mom to get a new shirt.

All because
her bra strap,
barely an inch of fabric,
and her shoulders
are deemed to inappropriate for school.

This is the sixth mistake.

She’s at her freshman orientation,
walking through the gym,
looking at at the clubs.

Then,
she comes across a booth for a club called
“Women’s Rights Club.”
On their banner,
 they have the Venus sign,
replaced with a fist in the middle.

Sitting at the booth,
are three young women,
that look like sophomores.

One girl has at least five piercings,
and bright blue hair.

Another has on a leather jacket, combat boots,
and not a drop of makeup on her face.

 And the third girl is wearing a pretty dress,
and makeup.

  They are all talking and laughing like
they’re best friends.

And Finn Walters suddenly feels drawn to these
young women.
Like they will be her life line for the
next four years.
Finn walks over and immediately signs herself up.

  This is the first success.

She goes to their first meeting,
and it’s like her eyes have been opened
for the first time.

Finn has always had this
spark
in her,
this
resistance.

But she’s always squished down,
because no one has ever wanted her opinion.

Until now.

Now, that spark is a
forest fire,
burning as hot as that
solar flare she was hit with all those years ago.

She’s brighter than the sun,
and she’ll never burn out.

Finn Walters is a revolutionary.

And her fire is spreading.

But now, Finn has passed her flame to someone else;
her daughter.

And Finn will make sure that her smoldering daughter knows that

Boys will be held responsible for their actions.
That she can be the best basketball player
in the world if she wants to.
That women are not products being sold.

And,
most importantly,
that her gender doesn’t determine anything about
what she does,
who she is,
what she wears,
or how she acts.




Wednesday, May 24, 2017

What Do You Do with a Tail like this? by Steve Jenkins & Robin Page


  Everyone should read What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? I think you need to read it. The best thing about this book is that it tells you a good question about animals.

  This book is a Q and A book that gives you lots of facts about animals! In my opinion you should read this book. Go check it out! You will love it!

Recommended by a 1st grade student from Mr. Pettit's class.




Dog Breath by Dav Pilkey







Everyone should read Dog Breath because Dog Breath is funny. Dog Breath is about a boy and a girl that try to get rid of their dog's breath, but they can't get rid of their dog. You will love this book because it has great illustrations. This book will make you laugh with tears of joy!
In my opinion Dog Breath is a great book by Dav Pilkey! So go read this book to find out what happens to Dog Breath!

Recommended by a 1st grade student in Mr. Pettit's class.












Dino-Boarding by Lisa Wheeler



Dino-Boarding is a great book. It will make you want to skate board. I believe it is a great book and it will make you want to surf in the beach and it will make you want to ride on the snowy mountain and skate park. This book is written by Lisa Wheeler & illustrated by Berry Gott. You should read this book if you like dinos and skateboards.

Recommended by a 1st Grade student from Mr. Pettit's class




Doggy Whys? by Lila Prap



Everyone should read Doggy Whys. It is a great and fantastic book. Everyone should read it because it is illustrated by Lila Prap. I think this book has great illustrations that will teach you about dogs. Doggy Whys is a book about all kinds of dogs. The book teaches us about dogs. You will get lots of information. I know you will love this book by Lila Prap, its a very good book. You will really love it!! It will make you want to play with your dog and it is a funny book.

Recommended by a 1st grade student from Mr. Pettit's class.



Sunday, April 23, 2017

The Big One by Tommy Greenwald from Storyworks magazine


The Big One is the title of this story. What do you think it means? What could the big one be? This title made it seen interesting enough for me to read. Turns out a boy named Joe is the main character and this kid loves fishing. He joined a fishing club. Joe wanted to go on an ice fishing trip but needed a parent with him. No one else in his family likes fishing however at all. He asks his dad expecting him to so no. To his surprise dad goes with him. On the trip though his dad stays in the tent with the coffee and does not fish with him. Joe is very upset by this. Read to find out what happens between Joe and his Dad.  Also find out what the big one in the title is talking about. It may surprise you! Also the reason Joe likes fishing may surprise you. It surprised me! My prediction of who the static and dynamic characters were was wrong.  See if you can figure it out before the end!


                                                         Anonymous 5th Grade Student

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Big One by Tommy Greenwald from Storyworks magazine

 
     Do you like fishing? If you do great. There is a story called "The Big One" where the main character is a boy named Joe. He loves fishing so much, but his family dislikes fishing. Joe and his dad go to a ice fishing trip. Joe was surprised his dad went when he could have went to his brothers basketball game indoors. I highly recommend you read this book to find out what happens on the fishing trip. During the trip Joe's starts feeling like it was a huge mistake, and feels bad he made his Dad come. Read to find out why. Read to find out what Joe caught and what the big one was Joe refers to at the beginning.

                                     Recommended by an anonymous 5th grader

The Big One by Tommy Greenwald from StoryWorks magazine


     The main character Joe likes fishing, but his family hates fishing! Joe joins a fishing club and goes fishing anyway. Joe is very excited to go on an ice fishing trip. He has to have a parent to go in it. He asks his dad thinking he will say no way!  His dad actually goes with him, but goes into the tent where there is hot coffee and leaves Joe fishing by himself. Joe thinks he may stay there the whole time and not fish with him. He is sad and lonely when he looks at other parents fishing with their sons or daughters. Read to find out what happens. Does Joe's dad end up fishing? Does he like fishing after the trip? Find out if Joe's dad will continue to go fishing with him or does he decide to never go fishing again in his life because he hates it so much. Read to find out what dad does and what the big one is! Who the dynamic and static character's are may surprise you. I thought it was usually the main character who changes. Read to find out if that is true!

                                                       Recommended by Anonymous 5th grader