The Giver

   For Reading this Second Quarter, I read The Giver.  At first, I wasn’t excited to read the book because it isn’t what I read normally. As I was reading the first chapter, it started to become more interesting to me. I loved the book and I recommend it to everyone who are bibliophiles. 
   Below are the book review questions I had to answer and actually enjoyed answering! NOTE: If any of you are actually planning to read or are reading the book, do not continue reading because…there are spoilers. Hehe. Let’s get started!

1. List the characters and describe them. 

a) Jonas – He is the main character of the story. At the Ceremony of Twelve, he is chosen to be the next Giver of the community.

b) The Giver – He is the most recent Giver of the community. He is also Jonas’s mentor. He is called the Giver because he gives the memories to the next Giver. While he is STILL in that honored position, Jonas is the character known as the Receiver.

c) Asher – He is the best friend of Jonas. He has difficulty using the correct words when he speaks.

d) Fiona – She is Jonas’s friend who appears in his dream.

e) Jonas’s father – He is a Nurturer in the community. He cares for the newborn infants.

e) Lily – She is Jonas’s younger sister. 

f) Gabriel – He is one of the babies Jonas’s father takes care of. He becomes extremely close to Jonas.

2. List five new words you learned in the book. Write down their dictionary meanings. 

a) Placidly – calmly or quietly 
b) Strewn – spread about
c) Imploringly – desperately 
d) Languid – slow and relaxed
e) Lethargy – a lack of energy 

3. Where did the story take place? 

   The story took place in an unseemly perfect community. The citizens did not know anything about thirst or hunger except for the Giver. 
4. Did anyone in the book do something you did not like? Why? 

   Jonas’s father “released” an infant. By release, I mean death. Jonas’s father killed an infant. The Nurturers did not tell the truth on what really happens in release. They just say that they have been released to the Elsewhere! 
5. If you could continue the story, what events would you include? Why? 

   I would include what happened to Jonas and Gabriel at the end. I want to know if they lived or not. The book’s ending was a major cliffhanger for me, so I want to know what happened to them after! 
6. Did this book give you any ideas about yourself? Why?

   This may sound weird, but what if I can see things people can’t? It’s like how Jonas can see colors, but the other citizens can’t.What happens if there are Elsewheres in this world? Something like new planets! This is so awesome. 
7. Compare two of the characters in this book.

   I would like to compare Asher and Jonas. 
   I would say Asher is a clumsy, usually confused boy. He does not use the right words while speaking. I honestly think I am like Asher. I am clumsy and I don’t really use appropriate words when speaking or writing.
   I imagine Jonas as a neat boy. He could be a perfectionist! At the start of the story, he really thinks about the words he will use before actually saying them. 
8. Identify one problem in the book and give an alternate situation one not given by the author. 

   One problem is definitely the release. Instead of killing the infant, the Nurturers could maybe nurture the child even though it is weak. The infants could maybe become really healthy children in the future! 
   It is different with the elders. What if they really applied for release? It’s a very different situation from the release of infants. 
9. Did you like the way the story ended? Why or why not?

   The ending was good, but it would be better if we (the readers) found out if they survived or died. 
10. Which character in the book would you choose for a friend? Why?

   I would choose Asher. He is exactly like me! He’s not the main character, but it would be cool to have him as a friend!
11. What did you think was the most interesting part of the book? Why?

   What I found interesting was when the Giver was transmitting memories to Jonas. One more interesting part was when I found out that Jonas and the Giver have the capacity to either see or hear beyond. If the Giver has the capacity to hear beyond, what does the community listen to or hear? It just makes me so curious. Imagine if there was a capacity to taste beyond…
12. In The Giver, the setting is in a “perfect” community. Would you want to live in one? Why or why not? If no, what would you change? 

   I would NOT live in a perfect community. I would definitely change the fact that they have never seen ANIMALS or heard music! I would change the way they just give all the pain and suffering to one person, The Giver, instead of bearing it together. It’s unfair. I also would change the rules of the community. For me, they’re quite impractical. It would be awesome to spend a day in the community and observe their ways though!

Athenian Lifestyle

     For World History this quarter, we finally learned about Ancient Greeks! My sister and I have been so excited for this topic since we’re massive Percy Jackson fans. Ever since I read the whole series, I’ve been so excited to read about Ancient Greece and Greek gods and goddesses. 
     One lovely day, my mom, sister, and I had a discussion on Sparta and Athens. I particularly enjoyed this discussion! For me, Sparta is the place for soldiers and the sporty people. Athens is where the brainiacs and nerds hang out. After a while, we came across the lifestyle of Athenian women.
     Back then, Athenian women were forced to marry someone they either don’t know or don’t like. They always had arranged marriages. Usually, the women marry at 15! Marrying at 15? That’s too young! Forced marriages? That’s even worse. What happens if the girl does not like the guy and she can’t do anything about it? Women didn’t have the chance to decide whom they want to marry. They just go with it and don’t go for what they want.
     Athenian women didn’t have much rights either. They weren’t allowed to vote or run for government positions. They did have one power in their life which is in the house! Athenian women/wives are basically the queen of the house. Outside the house, men rule the world. Inside the house, men don’t have any control at all. 
     Obviously, boys were favored among girls. Boys were able to get education outside the house while girls had to stay in the house and do housework. This is basically favoritism. God does not value the boys over girls! He loves us all equally.
     One thing that horrifies me about the Athenian lifestyle is that weak or injured children are left in deserted places to die. Parents also have the choice to either kill the baby if they have children already. That’s not fair and godly! Athenians are supposed to be wise and yet they are not practicing equality, love, and respect for lives.
     Up to now, I think people look down upon the abilities of women. They usually think that women can’t do what men can do. They look down upon what women actually do at home. My mom has a lot of things to take care of or think about, but she still takes the time to teach me. I adore her for that! I still have a pretty difficult time handling three things all at the same time!
      If you think that women can’t do what men can do because we’re smaller and “fragile”, we can prove them wrong! 
     My mom recommended Proverbs 31:10-31 for me to read after this. I must say, it’s good! It shows me the things that a woman does in a household. It also shows me that every task, big or small, is extremely important. We should commit ourselves to what we have to do. We should be godly in what we do and do everything glorifying God! Learning about Greece not only made me learn about their lifestyle, but it also made me think about the roles of women in our everyday lives until today.

Sew Easy…In A Bazaar!

   Hello there everyone! I’m sorry for not posting in a while. I honestly don’t know what to post about really. As some of you might know, I’ve been taking sewing classes since July. I’ve been having so much fun ever since I started. I made bags, shirts, shorts, and now, I’m making pants. 
   Well, let’s get to the point, shall we? I invite all of you to go to the Cuenca Bazaar this November 23-24. We will be selling awesome stuff such as bags and headbands, all made by the Sew Easy students! I’d be there at the booth as well. Please come support us on November 23-24, 2013 at the Cuenca Bazaar. We will also be donating a portion or maybe all of the money to Bohol and Cebu earthquake victims!

portfolio time

Messy desk I know.
Yes, I study on a couch. Hehe.

I took all the photos using my phone since I’m not that good with the camera yet. I will be. Soon.

   It’s portfolio week again. Aka the most stressful time of every homeschooler. I guarantee that this week is going to be full of stress, eyebags, and school.

  • The wifi is not working properly. 
  • I don’t really have ideas for portfolio yet. It’ll come soon. 
  • I don’t have a break after this. 
   Wish me luck. I’m hoping this’ll be fun, though!