Archive for March 2013

SON by Lois Lowry

March 14, 2013



SonI just finished SON by Lois Lowry, the fourth book in THE GIVER quartet (THE GIVER, GATHERING BLUE, MESSENGER, and SON ).    For those of you who have read THE GIVER, a haunting dystopian Newbery Award winner published 20 years ago, this is a must-read!  Even if you didn’t read THE GIVER, this book can stand alone.  This is also a series for all of you HUNGER GAMES fans out there.  (Note:  a fifth grade student, Lily Drew, is a passionate Lois Lowry fan who read this first and urged me to move SON to the top of my very large “to-read” pile.  I’m glad I did.  Thank you, Lily!)

The setting of THE GIVER and SON is a world very different from our own.  It is a futuristic, controlled world with no violence, war, poverty, or crime.  But there is also no  love, no color, no choice!  Every person is assigned a role in the Community at age  12, such as  Birthmother, Nurturer, Engineer, or Caretaker of the Old.  In this last book, SON, we follow Claire who is a Birthmother. All Birthmothers are separated from their “product” , but Claire alone  formed an attachment to hers that she cannot forget.  Her quest to find him will bring her face to face with evil itself.  The twists and turns her life takes will leave you breathless.

Highlights from Read Across America Day!

March 5, 2013
The kindergarteners performing "WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE"

The kindergarteners performing “WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE”

Hunter Koskela dressed up as one of the WILD THINGS

Hunter Koskela dressed up as one of the WILD THINGS

First grade bulletin board

First grade bulletin board

Fifth grade snow sculptors making THE CAT IN THE HAT

Fifth grade snow sculptors making THE CAT IN THE HAT

The entire school reading in the gym at the end of the day

The entire school reading in the gym at the end of the day