(EBOOK/PDF) [Milkweed] ✓ Jerry Spinelli

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MilkweedAithful to history It was a brutal time and he does not shy away from the brutality In fact he shows us little else Without outside knowledge the reader would be ignorant that Warsaw was a vibrant center of Jewish life before the war One might argue that the protagonist s experiences did not extend that far so it has no place in the narrative But that reality is also a crucial element to understanding the Warsaw setting Jews sprang into the protagonist s consciousness only as the objects of self hatred and societal derision and the targets of violence from others and from each other The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising barely earns a mention it happens after the narrator escapes the city The Jews in the hetto come across as hardly than doomed husks of humanity But the narrator is different He is not a Jew that is one of the few things he knows about himself He knows he is a Gypsy though he has no concept of Erziehen ohne auszurasten: Wie ich aufhörte, meine Kinder anzuschreien - und wie Sie das auch schaffen growing up as a member of a marginalized and stigmatizedroup He also knows he is a thief he calls himself Stopthief because that is what everyone else calls him But he is not just any thief he is a thief of Robin Hood esue skill and bravado Scala High Performance Programming gracing his starving Jewish friends in thehetto with the fruits of his forays across the wall His innate thieving skills Prayogshala Nepali Sankramanma Dilli Ra Maobadi (प्रयोगशाला नेपाली सङ्क्रमणमा दिल्ली, दरबार र माओवादी) give him the ability to smuggle food across thehetto wall with an impunity that would have Charlie the Caterpillar gotten anyone else killed To whatever extent the author was successful in recreating the setting he undermines it with the unbalanced view of Jewish life in Warsaw and with an unconvincing narratorThe unrelenting parade of brutality against Jews that the narrator witnesses comes across as voyeuristic rather than educational The protagonist s unexplained cluelessness when it comes to theserotesue acts of violence and inhumanity seems like a disingenuous attempt to increase the shock value of the descriptions Having lived on the streets for long enough to become a skilled thief a survivor the protagonist would be able to sense the difference between whatever activities normally took place on streets before the Nazi invasion and acts of violence targeted against Jews that followed the invasion He must have developed some kind of interpretive framework to understand his world Without any kind of explanation of the protagonist s background or any insight into how he might have lost his memories the eyes of innocence through which he views Nazi violence are not believableI cannot help but ponder Spinelli s use of a complete tabula rasa as his protagonist He is not alone in this urge the author of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas did the same They both create a character who has rown up in a certain context but is for unexplained reasons completely oblivious to that context in their basic knowledge beliefs and assumptions and experiences I would argue that if this is oing to be one of the defining characteristics of a character it should be interrogated and explored How we become who we are is part of why we see things the way we do And Why We Act why we act as do There are compelling reasons why a character regardless of might have no recollection of their "Past Their Past Does Not Have To "Their past does not have to explained or resolved but it will filter into their present in meaningful ways Their unknown past will influence the telling of the story But when this blankness is used as the pretext for an otherwise inexplicable collection of traits then it is lazy writing How does Spinelli s protagonist who has no street sense achieve his phenomenal acts of theft As oblivious as he is how did he even survive to the start of the story let alone its end Making the protagonist a blank slate is an easy way to disclaim responsibility to the historical setting The author can and does avoid any real engagement with the issues he raises And there are plenty of issues in this book worthy of deeper engagement what it meant to be labeled a Jew or a Gypsy before or after the Nazi invasion what it meant to be homeless or orphaned in urban Poland what it means to have no memories of your own no past no sense of belonging what impact witnessing pervasive violence has on Pure Land Buddhism in Modern Japanese Culture growing up Anything inaccurate or unbelievable can be explained away as a product of the protagonist s lack of comprehension or of their fragmented experience of their own life The author frees himself from having to write a character who embodies the history beliefs and upbringing of their times The character can thus serve as a stand in for the author himself a vehicle for whatever message or symbolism the author wants to express That is not a responsible engagement with our past Nor is it veryood literature All it can produce is a one dimensional cut and paste version of history that uses real events like cheap propsMilkweed has another characteristic which undermines the narrator s effectiveness The narrator interjects occasional bouts of omniscience with his obliviousness The contrast undermines his portrayal as oblivious or innocent By the end it becomes clear that he is an old man looking back to his childhood But throughout it seemed that the author wanted to have it both ways to write someone who is oblivious to everything except whatever facts the author felt he needed to advance the story This unevenness in perspective does not do anything purposeful in a literary sense If done right a similar techniue might destabilize our frames of reference to increase the effect of the protagonist s dislocation in his violent and unpredictable environment In this story though it only erases any potential of the narrator to be convincing or compellingThe best I can say is that I found Milkweed to be an uninspiring foray into the horrors of histor. All to be nobodyNewbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli takes us to one of the most devastating settings imaginable Nazi occupied Warsaw of World War II and tells a tale of heartbreak hope and survival through the bright eyes of a young orphan From the Hardcover edition. Hat kept me turning the pages The boy s innocence and naivete to the chaos and pure hatred surrounding him is touching and rather humorous at times Although Milkweed is a work of fiction it made me wonder how close it came to the inner workings of a child s mind during this time period While the central theme revolves around the time leading up to the holocaust it only takes the reader through the time when Jews were relocated out of their homes to the hetto It touches briefly on the time of deportation when those housed in hettos were put on trains for human shipment to concentration camps However it never visits the horrors of an actual concentration campSome of the prevalent messages that stood out for me in Milkweed were those of hope love and inner happiness at a time when Nazi occupation colored the world Traditions Of Maimonideanism (Ijs Studies In Judaica) gray with irrational hatred and unfair brutality I found myself lingering with thoughts of the book long after I read the final page After reading Milkweed I would allow my daughter to read it I think I would rather read it with her though so if she had any thoughts or uestions we could talk about it along the way I love both Maniac Magee and Stargirl but this book left me cold I found it unbelievable I didn t really care about the characters Spinelli is usuallyood to pull me into the story but this story just made me feel yucky I didn t Kemilau Cinta - Brighter Than the Sun get the whole Candy man in the Ghetto Where did he come from In every story I ve ever read about the Holocaust the children and adults are always afraid of the soldiers I found the idea of the Misha and Janina taunting the Mint man annoying It wouldn t have happened that way I found the story annoying and trite I expect better from SpinelliEdited to AddI think I figured out why this story bothers me so much Spinelli tells of a boy who is fast smart and lucky enough to escape the Nazis This story feeds into the fact that victims need to be better stronger faster clever etc and if they are they can outsmart their abusers I feel that stories like this perpetuate the myth that the victim is responsible for their own escape from abuse This story is why so many who have not been abused or in horrible situations say things like Well why didn t they just walk away Why didn t they tell someone Torture and abuseo so far beyond what normal people realize that normal reactions don t happen when a person is in the thick of horror This story asks the uestions Misha was able to walk away from the Ghetto why didn t all those other Jews just walk away from the Ghetto It isn t realistic I feel this story downplays the suffering of those who lived through the death camps and all of those who didn t Why didn t all those other Jews steal food so they didn t starve to death They should have been as smart as Misha who is fictional Now that I ve identified why I don t like this book I feel better not about the book I would venture that this is a read alike for The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Set "In Poland During World War "Poland during World War Milkweed is told through the uniue perspective of one of those lost through the cracks kids Our MC Misha for all intents and purposes is a thief a runner an orphan a ypsy with no memory of his life before the story begins He steals food to survive and has zero awareness of what is oing on his little outside of the speeding images that he runs past Misha upon a roup of boys thieves like himself and learns a bit about what is happening and what it means The imagery is startling in it s youthful metaphors and innocence Spinelli uses Misha s voice to show us what the world looked like and what it truly means to be invisible This is one of those books that reminds me I m a monster or that I have broken eyes or some such thing I bet this book makes loads of people cry but not me my eyes were bone dry Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli is another disappointing addition to recent Holocaust fiction which has made its way into classrooms displacing worthwhile and significant works of fiction and non fiction Perhaps that makes me resent it a little than it deserves The author means well The author tried Nonetheless the author does not fulfill his responsibility to his chosen setting what for many people is a history they live in their memories in family s memories and in the memories that are missing a history their family trees will never recover from I ave the book 15 stars because it is better than The Boy in the Striped Pajamas which set a low bar for Holocaust fiction The two do share at least a few notable similarities They won enough critical attention to become integrated into school curricula The authors profess no personal connections to the Holocaust And the protagonists of both books are young boys completely oblivious to their social contexts Strangely enough neither protagonist knows what a Jew is at the start of their storyMilkweed told from the perspective of a young orphan A Silent Ocean Away: Colette's Dominion growing up on the streets in Warsaw and later in the Warsawhetto has all the ingredients for a thought provoking exploration of what would be challenging and important themes for readers for any age It should be a story with The Magic Question great symbolism and significance It should be tragic moving haunting Indeed the author loads the story with symbols stone angels and milkweed pods being the most obvious and does not sugarcoat therimness of the setting It is about a boy s search for identity and belonging about his introduction to human brutality and about his hope and transcendence of suffering It has potential But the book is incredible in the most unfavorable sense of the term Weighty symbolism and a tragic setting are not enough to carry a storyThe author is to an extent O wants to be a Nazi some day with tall shiny jackboots and a A Writer's Reference with Writing about Literature with 2009 MLA and 2010 APA Updates gleaming Eagle hat of his own Until the day that suddenly makes him change his mind And when the trains come to empty the Jews from thehetto of the damned he’s a boy who realizes it’s safest of. This is the first Jerry Spinelli book that I have read I bought Stargirl at the same time and after reading Milkweed I am excited to start reading Stargirl Spinelli does well to portray the voice of a young orphan boy in Warsaw There are a lot of reviews about this and the book The Boy in the Striped Pajamas that say that it is unbelievable that there were children that did not know what was America Lost and Found: An English Boy's Wartime Adventure in the New World going on around them I really disagree with these statements I have taught 5thraders and 6th American Pronghorn: Social Adaptations and the Ghosts of Predators Past graders that had no idea that we are at war with Ira So I do not personally find it hard to believe that this innocence or lack of knowledge occured even during the WWII Era with the Jews This was areat book about friendship and the importance of families no matter who they are make up of I think that it also shows us the importance of belonging Misha really didn t care about what An Audience of Artists: Dada, Neo-Dada, and the Emergence of Abstract Expressionism group thieves orphans Jews Jackboots he belonged in he just wanted to belong I loved loved this book It was so well written and I completely fell in love with the characters I wanted to leap through the pages and save them all I have read some of this author s other works with my boys when they were young He writes youth fiction and is always age appropriate But I haven t loved his other books like I love this one I wish I had come across this particular book when I used to read to my boys It would have brought about areat discussion that would surely have iven them food for thought regarding WWII and the lives of children I ive this book 5 stars for many reasons It was well written it was age appropriate it had a Aristotle's Rhetoric: An Art of Character great message it kept me interested and the author nailed the basic nature of humans in each character whetherood or bad I usually never read reviews before I have written my own I can t believe how many people have written that this wasn t the best book they have ever read on the WWII and the persecution of Jews when they were not the intended target audience for this book It wasn t meant to be the best book ever written on WWII or the holocaust I think Spinelli accomplished the telling of this awful time in history in a manner in which kids would understand and even sympathize with without scaring them for life And I think that is saying a lot especially when I consider some the inappropriate books my kids have been Anthropology as Cultural Critique: An Experimental Moment in the Human Sciences given to read over the years Just sayin There s something special something real about Jerry Spinelli s books His style of writing is one of my absolute favourites You don t just read his books Youet inside the pages and stand on the street corner while the pickpockets run the bombs fall and the Jackboots march in their perfect rows It s not just a story It s your story because you re in it The characters the plot the setting the details the dialogue all pitch perfect I had to read the whole book in one sitting You lived and breathed with the characters sharing their laughter triumph tears and the hopelessness of their world You start believing in bread in running in angels You see why they say mothers aren t real and neither are oranges Real mother s don t die And if the war ever ends and life returns to normal you see why if you ve always been a homeless thief there is no normal to return to It s "a sad book sad and happy all at once I don t often find books that capture a "sad book sad and happy all at once I don t often find books that capture a But this one did I hope that nobody will look at me funny when I say that I love reading WWIIHolocaust stories I do I m drawn to the stories of the people I want to know what it is in us that makes us so cruel to others I m fascinated by people s stories real or fiction I don t think that they should be ignored or forgotten and acknowledging them makes me thankful for the Anaphora and Conceptual Structure good things that I have in my life Mil What a powerful book 45 starsIt s so hard to imagine thousands of people being murdered because of the religion they choose to practice However as we read today s headlines and we see people many of whom are in positions ofreat power vilifying all Muslims because some are extremist terrorists honestly the extremist Christians running America right now are a whole lot scarier Let s hope justice catches up to them and soonWWII in Poland young and old starving doing what they have to do to survive thousands of Jews being imprisoned massacred This book brought that whole horrible time up close and personal I lost myself completely in this world and as brutal as it was there were limmers of hope in the kindness of men and women who risked punishment even death to stand up for what was right This is a book that will stay with me forever A powerful It s taken me a little while to put into words a review for this book My son and "I have been studying WW2 and the Holocaust We have read and watched numerous stories fiction and "have been studying WW2 and the Holocaust We have read and watched numerous stories fiction and fiction pertaining to our unit study This book is one of the absolute best Don t et me wrong book is one of the absolute best Don t et me wrong content is difficult unfathomable and just downright hard to read but if we want to understand history we can t sugar coat it My son is 11 and became so deeply I initially read this book to determine whether it was appropriate for my 11 year old daughter to read Although it is considered a YA novel any book fiction or non fiction with a theme centered around the holocaust is a novel I want to preview before allowing my child to absorbI was immediately drawn to the short sentence structure and uick action From the beginning the reader is drawn into an eight year old orphan boy s innocent view of a world where he must steal and become virtually invisible to survive It s a uick read I read it in one day It is the boy s innocent and honest view of the world around him during one of the most horrific times in history He’s a boy called Jew Gypsy Stopthief Runt Happy Fast Filthy son of Abraham He’s a boy who lives in the streets of Warsaw He’s a boy who steals food for himself and the other orphans He’s a boy who believes in bread and mothers and angels He’s a boy wh.

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