This week I finished the Lie Tree which I have already written about. A book to find and read. I struggled at the beginning but by the end I was catch in the world of lies, misunderstanding and what women have done in the past to move forward with their lives in a world that only sees the value of men. A good read for many reasons.
I then moved on Hattie Big Sky! This was on twitter and so many blogs last spring and summer. It just kept falling to the bottom of my list of TBR’s. I was not totally sold on the story line and so put it off. I am not sure what drove me to it now but I am so glad I did. As a gardener waiting for spring I understood and was there helping Hattie along the way. I was drawn to the role of a woman of 16 heading off on her own to make a life for herself. (Interesting these two books are dealing with the role of woman in a male society.)
What really stood out for me was the struggle of the west in the early 1900’s and the struggle that was made harder as people couldn’t support their neighbors because they were born in Germany. The effects of War and how people can’t see who is right there in front of them.
It felt all to familiar as our country moves toward an election cycle with so many of this countries people not being supported. The worry our children feel when their Mosque is broken into, when parents fear they many be deported and there is so much more. I see that fear and misunderstanding on the faces of children daily.
Hattie Big Sky would be a great read to share with a class of 5th through 8th graders. The discussion of how is this like what we see today could be very powerful. The question of how are things the same and how have them changed – would be perfect to begin the discussion. There is so much rich material in this story.
- life as an orphan
- a young woman making a life of her own
- what is the role of women – are they homemakers only or can they create a life of their own – jobs, homes, own land
- what do we do as individuals to support our country when we are at war
- how do we treat people who come from different place and have different faiths and traditions
- what creates friendship and family
If you missed reading Hattie Big Sky – check it out from the library. It is a quick read and good food for thought in this time of unrest within our own country.