"The Giver" by Lois Lowry: Book Review

Mark Graham By Mark Graham, 31st Jul 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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This is a futuristic tale about living in a perfect society. There will also be a lesson or two to use in a social studies or English class.

"The Giver" by Lois Lowry" : A Book Review

Lois Lowry's "The Giver" is a story about a boy on the verge of being Twelve. His name is Jonas. This is a character that is meant for great things at least in view of the community.
This is a novel that is set some time in the future where everything is the same and the characters follow the rules at all times. In the book the main premise is to keep order in all aspects of life from birth to marriage to raising a family to getting the perfect job assignment. One must apply to get married and have a spouse chosen for you that will complement you for there will not be any reason for issues. When the couple decides if they want children they will will apply to become parents. In this novel the characters will also at a young age go to school to learn the rules and do various volunteer hours that cover all the professions for the community from birth mother to nurturer to caregivers to doctors and lawyers right down to everyday laborers. At the age of twelve there is a ceremony for this is when job assignments are given out after all the other ages receive their next stage newborns receive names, ones and twos receive comfort items, for example stuffed animals. Primary age children receive coats that have large buttons to small buttons when they grower older and nines receive new bikes. All objects are age appropriate.
In a world of sameness all decisions are made for the community. Really no choices are made individually.

Teachers could use this book in creative ways for language projects, art projects like having students draw what they think a perfect community is like. Maybe as a social studies/art project the students could make collages of the different professions that were mentioned in the book. This is a book that could be used across the curriculum.


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I am a graduate student of Children's Literature and have also studied Counseling at the graduate level as well as College teaching and Reading and Literacy. I will be writing on these and my ownideas

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