In the Name Jar by Yang sook Choi, Unhei’s name is important because she remembers Korea and her grandma. In the beginning she wanted to be the same as the Americans. In the end she realized it’s good to have the name you were born with.
In My Name Is Maria Isabel by Alma Flor Ada, Maria Isabel’s name is important because it her family in her name. When her teacher calls her Mary, she can’t pay attention because she does not recognize the name.
In Becoming Naomi Leon by Pam Munoz Ryan, Naomi’s name is important because it ties her to whole family. Her middle name, Soledad, is the name of the fisherman Sant and her dad is a fisherman. Her last name Leon means lion in Spanish. she goes to Mexico and leans to be braver and stronger.
In this book Hanna loved her mom. She had taught Hanna to sew. But when her mom dies, Hanna and her father move to a different town. Hanna really wanted to go to school but when she went to school people teased her because she is half Chinese and that is bad for her father’s shop. But with a friend’s help she is able to get the customers back. She also now sews for the ladies.
Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper
Melody has a perfect memory and really wants to talk but she has cerebral palsy which means she can’t talk or walk! So she searches and finds a computer that can talk for her! She is so smart that she earns a spot on the quiz team!
In the book Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin, Minli wants to change her family’s fortune, so she travels to Never-Ending Mountain to see the Old Man of the Moon. She wants to change her fortune so Fruitless Mountain will be green and her family will have more money.
Telling stories is repeated, again and again, in the whole book. Stories make the book more fun. They are interesting. The stories make everything in the book connect for the reader. The story with happy people and the seed rain from the moon connects with the Old Man of the Moon. The first story in the book about Fruitless Mountain introduces the surroundings. Minli leaves after she hears a story about the Old Man of the Moon, who maybe could teach her to change her fortune.
The contrast in the book it is when Ma tells stories to pass the time in the end. In the beginning she said stories were nonsense and did not help with anything. But in the end Minli was gone and there were no stories so it felt like something was missing without stories.
In the book, Minli hears words of the wiser. She meets many wise people: Ba, a goldfish, and the Old Man of the Moon. Ba says stories cost nothing. The goldfish tells her how to get to Never-Ending Mountain. The Old Man of the Moon says he will answer one question, and that is wise because Minli choose her friend Dragon’s question. That was good because everything turned out good in the end. She realized that changing her fortune did not matter but Dragon needed a question answered more than she needed her question answered. He did not have a family, and he needed to be like other dragons. She cared about him first.
It was a fun story because it all fit together. I liked the ending. Someday I’ll read it again. You should read this book!
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo is called Because of Winn-Dixie because it tells of the things that happened because Winn-Dixie, a dog, came into Opal’s life.
The first thing was that Opal found Winn-Dixie. Opal was lonely. She just had moved to a new town, and she had no friends and now she had Winn-Dixie.
Winn-Dixie helped Opal find friends. She met Miss Franny the librarian and Miss Franny was now friends with Opal because Winn-Dixie looked like a bear, and she remembered a time when a bear came in the library. Miss Franny needed a friend too because she was lonely.
Opal also met Otis, the pet store worker. They became friends when Winn-Dixie needed a collar, but it was too much money, so Opal decided to work there. Otis needed a friend because he was lonely since getting out of prison.
One day when Opal was biking with Winn-Dixie and Winn-Dixie ran to the “witch’s” home, she met Gloria Dump and they become close friends. Gloria cooked and Opal read to her. Gloria Dump needed a friend too because she was old.
I liked this book because it has a good lesson about friends.