Tuesday, February 26, 2008

My Sister's Keeper week 3 post B

Dear Kate,
I am not sure if you are ever going to narrate a chapter in My Sister’s Keeper but I just really want to know more about you. If I were you and had leukemia and all of the other diseases that go along with it I think it would be really hard for me to enjoy life, is it hard for you? In some ways I think you are so strong and then other times I just really don’t understand you. I can only imagine all of the pain that you go through but this might sound mean of me but do you ever think of how it affects your family too? Sometimes when I read chapters where some one is saying something about you I think you only really care about yourself. I understand how you should be concerned about your health but personally I really do not think you should be treated differently by your parents. I am sorry that this is a mean letter towards you but this is all I really know about you. I hope that after I read more about you that I will discover some of these things are not true. Hope all the surgeries go well!

My Sister's Keeper week 3 post A

1.emesis (pg. 59)- noun, the act of vomiting
2.metastasized (pg. 69)- verb, to spread to other parts of the body

Figurative Language

1. " It feels like a fist in my gut, now that it's here and happening" (pg.52) This is a literary element because it is comparing how she feels to having a fist in her gut while using the word like.
2." She's got a few acquintances,sure, but mostly when they come over they look like they're serving out a sentence, and sit on the edge of Kate's bed counting down the minutes until they can leave and thank God this didn't happen to them"( pg. 57) This is a example of a simile because it is comparing how when people come to see Kate they look like they do not want to be there and they compare this using the word like.
3." To the legions of childeren with pink emesis basins tucked beneath their arms like teddy bears-these people have all been here before us, and there's safety in numbers" (pg.59) This is a example of a simile because it is comparing something while using the word like.

"I say, when what I really want to tell him is to pick up that baby of his and hold her tight, to set the moon on the edge of her crib and to hang her name up in stars so that she never, ever does to him what I have done to my parents" (pg.53) I thought this quote was cool because Anna said this when she walked by a new born baby and her father. The signifigance of this quote is that even though Anna does not like the way her parents treat her she still wishs that she was nicer to them. I think it is really cool how Anna is so mature and just by seeing something which some might just think of as a cute new baby she thinks way more then that.

I think the theme for this part that I read is live your life to the fullest.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

My Sister's Keeper week 2 post B

Dear Jodi,
I have only read one other book where the author switches who is the narrator of that chapter, what made you decide to make My Sister’s Keeper written in that way? I heard you are coming to Minnesota at Barnes and Noble this March so I wanted to read your book so that if I wanted to meet you I could. I know I am not very far into it yet but I know I for sure am very interested in coming to Barnes and Noble to speak with you. I really like how this is a serious book and how there is a problem in it but then you add a lot of humor to it. Humor lightens the mood and I love how you know where to add some and where not to. I see that your book has won an award and I just wanted to tell you that even though I have not read much I know it deserved every award it as gotten or will get. I really like how when I pick up this novel I do not want to put it down and I find out something new each chapter. How did you decide to make Anna’s real name Andromeda? I love how you had Brian explain the meaning of that name. I think it is great that Anna is finally speaking up for herself. I can not wait to see what she will do or say next!
Molly C

My Sister's Keeper week 2 post A

1.coroner (pg.50),noun, - an officer who investigates deaths that are not from natural causes
2. incinerator (pg.37),noun, - a furnace for burning garbage

figurative language
1."She picks the pan up with her bare hands, as if her skin is coated with asbestos. (pg.38) This is a example of a simile because it is comparing her skin to asbestos while using the word as.
2." It almost seems like a cheat that after all these years of defying the odds,it won't be the leukemia that kills her"(pg.43) This is a example of a simile because it is comparing Kate's death while using the work like.
3." Some of them burn slow and long, like red dwarfs"(pg.43) The is a example of a simile because it is comparing how stars when they burn look like red dwarfs while using the word like.

"My candle burns at both ends;
It will not last the night;
But ah,my foes, and oh, my friends--
It gives a lovely light!" (pg.47) This quote was said by Edna St. Vincent Millay right before the section of Tuesday starts. I think this quote shows significance because for example no matter how much Anna does for Kate it is never enough but at some point appreciated. This quote signifies to me that you should apprecaite what you have and I think Anna does that for the most part.

I think the theme so far in the book is that love conquers all in its own way.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

My Sister's Keeper week 1 post B

Dear Anna,
I don’t really know that much about you or your family yet but I want to know more. I think it is cool how you know your parents made you to help your sister and you try and accept that aspect of your life. You seem pretty mature for only being thirteen years old is it hard to find friends especially when you are in surgeries trying to help your sister? I know your brother lives above the garage and is kind of shady but otherwise I don’t really know anything about him and I hope he does not get shadowed by your sister. Your mom like you said defiantly has a problem about buying dresses from BlueFly.com but I mean if that is what keeps her calm then I do not blame her. Although your mom seems like she only cares about Kate I can tell that she actually does care about you and your brother but she worries a lot about Kate so it just seems as though that is all she does. In that soup opera that Kate watches I think that it is funny how into it she gets and like she puts herself in the show and I think that’s interesting because I do the same thing. I think that is really cool how you want to help your sister so you go and see that doctor. Also I think it is so nice that you are optimistic when it comes to helping your sister it must make everything easier. Oh and one more think I think it really nice how you are so willing to help when your sister gets sick because I know a lot of kids that would just ignore their parents and not do that. Can’t wait to see what else will happen to you! Take care!

My Sister's Keeper week 1 post A

1. embryonic- (pg. 8) ,adjective, meaning developing
2. promyelocytes- (pg.33), noun, meaning the predominant cell type seen in leukemia

figurative language
1." Anger glows around this kid like electricity." (pg. 21) This is a example of a simile because it is compairing the kid's anger to electricity while using the word like.
2."Acually, that's not quite true- right now she doesn't have it, but it's hibernating under her skin like a bear, until it decides to roar again." (pg. 10)
This is a example of a simile because Anna is compairing Kate's leukemia to a bear using the word like.
3. "I'm alone in the office long enogh to note that his desk is so neat, you could play Chinese football on the blotter" (pg. 17) This is a example of a imagery because it helps you picture what Mr. Alexander's office looks like.

"Normal, in our house, is like a blanket too short for a bed-sometimes it covers you just fine, and other times it leaves you cold and shaking; and worst of all, you never know which of the two it's going to be." (pg. 11) I think that this quote tells a lot about this book because with their sister, Kate, having leukemia their whole family revoles around if she gets sick and they really dont ever know when that is going to be and just like with the blanket sometimes it is no big deal but other times it could be more serious.
I think that the theme in this book so far is that you should always be ready for what life throws at you.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Dede- "Unwritten" by Natasha Bedingfield

Dede inspires me because if I had four sister who had passed away I don’t think I would be able to talk about it all of the time. I am also interested about knowing more about her because I feel like we have not learned that much about her. One thing that really struck me about her is that she made a museum in memory of her sisters who passed away and tries to remember all of the good times with them and not the bad. I know if I had people asking me questions like they ask Dede I would not be able to handle it so I think it is really cool how she has the ability to do that. I picked this song because I feel like from part one of the book what stuck out to me must is how she was the only sister who survived and in the song it says “Feel the rain on your skin, No one else can feel it for you, Only you can let it in, No one else, no one else, Can speak the words on your lips, Drench yourself in words unspoken” and this is so true for Dede because she is the only sister to tell their story. Also in the song it says, “I am unwritten, can't read my mind, I'm undefined” this also explains Dede because unlike the other sisters she has not shown her opinions on very many things so it is hard to say what will happen to her in the next chapters compared to the other sisters. I also think the song title, Unwritten, explains a lot about Dede so far in the book because there is so much more to learn about her but we have not read it yet.