Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Sharon Creech//WALK TWO MOONS

Thirteen-year-old Sal takes a cross-country road trip with her grandparents to visit her mother in time for her birthday. Along the way, Sal tells a story about her best friend, Phoebe, whose mother left the family for unknown reasons. Sal understands this more than she admits to her friend.

Woven throughout the story are Native American themes, such as respect for nature and for the connectedness we all have to one another. A few poems are presented in the book as metaphorical examples of what the story is really about: Love, loss, and acceptance. One poem, Longfellow's 'The Tide Rises, The Tide Falls,' angers Sal because it's about death. She refuses to believe that her mother is truly gone.


Ultimately, we find that Sal is traveling with her grandparents to see her mother's gravestone.
It is called 'Walk Two Moons' because one of the underlying themes is to not judge someone unless you have walked two moons in their moccasins.
This book won the Newbery Medal in 1995. It is beautifully written. The themes are adult ones, but presented in such a way that children won't be overwhelmed. The prose is rich and lyrical, yet simple and straightforward. Even though this is a children's book, I challenge you to read it and not cry at the end.

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