Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
- Get the right seeds. These days, no one grows a Pumpkin Show winner without Howard Dill's Atlantic Giant seeds.
- Convince your dad that having a pumpkin patch in your backyard is a good idea.
- Make sure that your dogs stay far, far away from your seedlings.
- Don't let your busybody aunt interfere with your "pumpkin obsession," no matter how much she wishes you were interested in boys or clothes or anything other than pumpkins.
- Find a best friend who can help out in a pinch.
- Never, ever, ever give up.
Lots of people think an eleven-year-old doesn't stand a chance of winning the Pumpkin Show. Mildred is determined to prove them wrong. It's just something she needs to do.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
- All of the Casson children are named after colors and we discussed how members of the book club got their names.
- Everyone felt that Saffy should have been told much earlier that she was adopted so that she wouldn't accidentally find out like she did.
- Most members felt that Saffy's being adopted shouldn't make a difference even though it did to her - she's still family and it shouldn't change that. Everyone felt it was very sad, though.
- We all agreed that the father, Bill, was mean and only really cared about his work. We felt he didn't treat the mother, Eve, right and one of the worst things about him was that he never ate the sandwiches Eve made for him.
- We were split on Saffy's friendship with Sarah - some of us felt that she was a good friend, especially the way she helped Saffy get to Italy to find her angel. Others felt she was not a good friend to Saffy and didn't particularly like her as a character.
- Everyone agreed that Saffy should have told her mom before stowing away with the Warbecks for Italy. We then discussed the places we would stowaway to if we had the chance. Our favorite destinations included Hawaii, Australia, California , Texas, and Paris and many of the destinations were chosen because club members have family in those places.
- We discussed the ways that Saffy's brother, Indigo, faced his fears and how we have all faced fears in our lives.
- All club members agreed that it was very important for Saffy to find her angel because it was the only thing left that directly connected her to her parents and the only thing to remind her of her life in Italy.
- We discussed which Casson sibling we are most like. Popular choices included Rose and Caddy.
- Our favorite parts of the book were when Saffy found her angel and when Caddy put Saffy's name on the color chart so she'd be there with the rest of the family. Our least favorite part was when the grandfather died and their father, Bill, was so uncaring.
We also had a look at all of the different book covers that Saffy's Angel has been published with, which was something that I posted about a few weeks ago. We decided that this is our favorite cover because it shows Saffy and the door to the garden and because it plays up the mystery part of the story and really makes you want to read the book.
Finally we had snacks and made edible art bracelets for our craft project (using LifeSavers candy) in a tribute to Rose and her edible art project in the story. We also discussed other books we read over the summer and enjoyed. Some books members recommend include Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume, The Year of the Rat by Grace Lin, The Aurora County All-Stars (one of our book club books last year) and the Nancy Drew series.
It was a great meeting and I'm looking forward to getting together next month!
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Just a reminder that the book club is meeting this Monday, September 22nd at 3:30pm to discuss the book Saffy's Angel by Hilary McKay. Join us for snacks, a craft project and a book discussion! At the meeting I will also hand out copies of our October book selection....stay tuned to find out what we're reading in October!
If you've read the book and what to join us, it's not to late to register! Simply call the Children's Department at 847-8720 ext. 204 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See you Monday!
Friday, September 12, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
I hope you are enjoying Saffy's Angel. I read it two weekends ago and really enjoyed it. I think there will be a lot for us to discuss! For those of you interested in joining the Book Buddies Book Club, it's never too late. Just call the Children's Department at 847-8720 ext. 204 or email me directly at email@example.com to sign up. I still have plenty of copies of Saffy's Angel available so feel free to come in and get one today!
As I was looking around online for information about Saffy's Angel for our meeting, I noticed that there have been many different covers published. I always enjoy seeing different covers and thinking about the ways in which they might change a person's perception of the book. We've all been told not to judge a book by it's cover but the fact remains that the cover is often times the first impression you get of a book. Therefore, it's very important! Here are a few of the different covers for Saffy's Angel that I found:
I believe this is the original hardcover edition first published in 2002. This is the one most RI public libraries seem to have...
A hardcover large print edition in 2003.
A paperback import edition (the author is English and the book was originally published in England).
Another edition with the "winner" sticker. Saffy's Angel was the 2002 Whitbread Award winner (a British award).
A more recent paperback edition...
So what do you think? What do each of the covers "say" to you? What sort of impression do they each make? How are they similar and how are they different? Is there one that makes you want to read the book more than another? Which is your favorite?