Blog Entry #7 Chapters 8-11


In these chapters, she talked about a lot of things. For example, in chapter 8 it talked about a chimpanzee she knows named Flo. It talked about Flo's family and her life. In chapter 9 it talked a lot about her traveling and giving lectures, writing for the public, and for scientists. She talks about to observe animals or insects like a caterpillar. In the book it was telling a story about this robin and it got to feel comfortable with her, so he started coming in her room, and he made a nest. I thought it was really cool to read about this, because it's just different and you don't hear about stuff like that. What was really sad was she talked about using animals for testing products that we use. Chapter 10 talked about a lot of negative things, such as, chimps disappearing, cutting down forests, a chimp being sold at a market, chimps in zoos, circuses, used for testing, and chimps being hunted. It did have one positive thing, it was talking about a sanctuary that help chimps and it is like a safe place. Yeah, so this chapter wasn't very happy and had a LOT of negative stuff. In the last chapter of the book ( chapter 11 ) it felt like it was kind of trying to inform us and persuade us. It was saying chimps are a lot like humans and humans are destroying nature. But it talked mainly about the environment, scientist are saying its hopeless for us it is probably almost impossible to recover. It mentioned that everything is linked, from all over the world. She has this project called Roots and Shoots, it is just to help the environment around you better for nonhuman animals, one another, or the community. Jane goes to Gombe when she can, even if it is for just a short period of time. My overall opinion of this book was it was really good. I like how it started off when she was young, and how it ended with her kind of older. This book was mainly positive and I would recommend it to pre-teens and up, because even though it was an easy read it still had a really good story. I think the overall lesson is to never give up and to always follow your dreams. Jane did that in her life, even when she wasn't sure what was going to happen next, she kept fighting and working for what she wanted. I think this lesson applies to EVERYONE, no matter what age you can still follow your dreams.


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The Stranger in the Photo Is Me by Donald M. Murray

When I read through this memoir for the first time I thought it was pretty confusing, I think I found it confusing because at first I didn't know what the lesson or the purpose of it was. When I read through it NOW I find it confusing. The lesson I think is to always be yourself because when you look back you want to see yourself, and not someone you weren't or what someone wanted you to be. I think this is a great lesson because you don't want to hide or be someone you not, then it is like you lived a lie of who you are. The tone is very back and forth between happy and sad, "no idea my life would become as wonderful or as terrible as it has been." That quote kind of showed both sides of how his life was good but it had bad times as well. I really relish this story but I would only recommend it to adults because it is confusing and I think it might be easy to relate to if you were a little bit older and had more memories to look back on.


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Blog Entry #6 Chapter 7

In chapter seven it mainly talked about her family, which I really enjoyed just because it was easy to relate to. But what wasn't easy to relate to was her having a son named Hugo or Grub they called him. Or how she got in a divorce because I haven't gone through a divorce. Also it talked about her going back to Gombe, but she had to be careful because chimps would use Grub as food. I found this chapter very family oriented, because it was always talking about her son, divorce, or how she remarried. I really enjoy reading this book because she always has these funny little stories to tell that keep you interested. For example in this chapter she was telling about how there was this lion at her camp site or how she got in an airplane accident. At the end of the chapter it talked about how Grub went to live with her mother in England, but they saw each other every holiday except for when he was with his father. It seemed like she fit so much in this one chapter, it started when Grub was born and ended when he was nine and went to England.


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Knucklehead by Jon Scieszka

Knucklehead was by far the best short memoir we have read. Some people had different thoughts on what the lesson of the story was, I thought that the lesson was, lessons are not just learned in school but in our everyday lives. I thought this was the lesson because throughout Knucklehead it always talked about how the dad taught his sons lessons but the sons really didn't notice, but it did help them in the long run. For example, in the memoir, it talked about how Jon was a kid and he wanted to buy this toy, " That looks great," he said. "But sometimes you have to be careful. They design those ads to make the toys look better than they really are."
"Oh, sure," I said. That quote kind explained how the dad tried to warn Jon, but he didn't really listen but in the end he did learn a lesson from the experience. That is what I thought the lesson was but another reason why I love this memoir is because I was able to connect to it. I know what it is like being only my mom and I and having a LOT of guys in the house. I could connect throughout the whole thing just because our lives are kind of set up the same way. Also I love his writing style because it is so well written, it is humorous, and it is easy to read. So I really enjoyed reading this memoir and was probably the best one we have read.


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Blog Entry #5 Chapters 5-6

Chapters five and six were really great chapters, in chapter five it talked about her getting enough money to go and study the chimpanzees. But Leaky received a telegram that said the trip would have to be delayed. She ended up going to an uninhabited island which was great practice for her. Four weeks later they said she could go, so she went and met the commissioner of Kigoma and he said she could'd go. I know I was a little confused when I read it just because they were going back and forth of whether she was going or not. The reason why she couldn't go this time was Africans were killing a bunch of white people and it was to dangerous for her to go. At the end of the chapter she was able to go. I have to say chapter six was probably my favorite chapter so far, just because this was when she actually went out and was studying chimpanzees. She was also interacting with them, at first she was going to the Peak, and she was studying them but it was very hard just because they would runaway from her. She went back to camp one day and found out that a large male chimp was at camp during the day. The next day she waited for him to come back, eventually he did and she kept giving him bananas and he kept coming back his name was David Greybeard ( I love that name ). This is the part that I thought was really fascinating because it talked about how chimps act and what they were like. I think the lesson in the chapter is to never give because even though there wasn't enough money at first for her to go, she still worked to get the money to go, and she got let down a lot when they said she could go but then they would say she couldn't go and then they would say she could go. If she gave up she wouldn't have gone and wouldn't have had the great experience. I really like Jane Goodall's way of writing just because it is kind of straight to the point and is very easy to understand.



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Fireflies by Julie Brinckloe

Fireflies is a really well written children's book and memoir. I really loved this story because I had a connection. When I was little I would go outside and find some kind of bug or insect (caterpillars, grasshoppers, ladybugs, and fireflies ) and I would catch them. Then I would go inside and build them a house or like this shelter thing in a bucket or mason jar but then I would wake up in the morning and they would be dead. So I had a connection with the catching of the bugs and insects, but I didn't let them go like he did. I think I liked this a lot better than any of the others short memoirs we have read just because I can connect. One quote that I thought was really important was at the end "The moonlight and the fireflies swam in my tears, but I could feel myself smiling." I thought this was a very important part just because it shows that he was sad to let them go, but he knows he did the right thing. I think the lesson in this memoir is that even though you love something, you sometimes have to let it go. I think this lesson is very important and can be used in all aspects of life. I have to say I wouldn't use her writing style just because it is written as a children's book and it is kind of short and straight to the point. I do like how even though it is a children's book her words go deeper and older people could read it and take it to another level of understanding. I think that is great because then the memoir is good for any age. I really liked this memoir and I thought it had a very good lesson.

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Blog Entry #4 Chapters 3-4

In chapters three and four there was a huge transition from where she began and how she went to Africa and then ended up coming back. She worked at Oxford University and then her friend Clo invited her to go Kenya. So she saved her money and went to Kenya, of course this had been her dream for a long time ( to go to Africa ). When she wrote she was going to Africa I got kind of excited because in the previous chapters it talked a lot about her wanting to go. So when she got to Africa she got a job with Louis Leaky, he was a anthropologist and a paleontologist. They worked together for a while and he mentioned a place in Tanganyika, where these chimpanzees lived on the shores of a lake. She wanted to go there, but to get the money Leaky and her decided it would be best for her to go back to England to raise the money. In these chapters I like how they were very informative and it really gave me a good base for chapters to come. I could definitely learn from her writing style to be more straight to the point, without overwriting.



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Mother Tongue by Amy Tan

Mother tongue was a really good story. The lesson I thought was, don't judge people because of how they speak because they might be really smart but it just doesn't come out that way. In the story it talks about how the daughter ( Amy Tan ) speaks really good English but the mothers English isn't the best because she was brought up speaking Chinese. People judged the mother just because of the way she spoke and she would make her daughter call people, even like people you wouldn't want your daughter calling because it was about money. People wouldn't give the mother good service because of how she spoke here is one of the quotes from the reading "people in department stores, at banks, and at restaurants did not take her seriously, did not give her good service, pretended not to understand her, or even acted as if they did not hear her." I don't understand, just because of how she spoke people were mean to her. At the end, Amy found a middle of both Chinese and English writing because her audience was her mother. I liked this story a lot and I thought it had a really good lesson and because it had a good lesson the story didn't get boring.

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Blog Entry #3 Chapter 2

This chapter was pretty cool because it talked about how she was living through World War ll and that really fascinated me. She talked about Hitler and how she had to move away from France because it was no longer safe to live there anymore. The connection isn't there because I haven't lived through a war, but I found it interesting to read about it. She started a nature club with her friends and sister, she would go on nature walks and she wrote down what she saw. She just loved animals ( like a lot ) and she would have snail races and she would go to a riding school for horses. I can connect to her love for animals because I love animals and one of my favorite animals is a dog. In the book it talked about a dog named Rusty that lived in a hotel around the corner and the dog really helped her get a better sense of animal behavior. I like this book because it is mainly about animals and the connection is easy for me. I really like this book and I can't wait to read more about her as she gets older.






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Once More To The Lake by E.B. White

I can't connect to this at all! One thing throughout this reading was I couldn't connect, this was a really good story but I knew that it would have been even better if was able to connect and kind of have the same feelings as him in the story. But when I get older and maybe have kids, I might be able to connect and be able enjoy the story even more. Throughout this I love his writing style because it makes the story his. Sometimes it felt like he had run on sentences but it made sense and he had correct punctuation. The lesson in this story is that if you have a strong enough connection you are able to access old feelings and be able to connect to some things again. I think the lesson in this story is so important because I think that at one point in everyone's life, they will go through this. This is one quote that I thought was so important and really made the lesson be true "I seemed to be living a duel existence." Because it just shows that he had his feelings as the father and the boy.


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Blog Entry #2 Chapter 1

I am reading My Life with the Chimpanzees it is written by Jane Goodall. In the first chapter of this book it gave me the basics of her life. When I mean the basics I mean a little bit about her childhood and a little bit about ethology. The book starts right off with her watching a chicken lay an egg, she was five. She starts off really young learning and being fascinated with animals. Also in the first chapter it talked about different ethologist ( a person who studies animals and animal behavior ) for example she talks about Konrad Lorenz the first known ethologist from Australia. She also mentioned Tinbergen he was a ethologist who studied seagulls. Ethologist are suppose to study different animal behavior for example Tinbergen found out that seagulls get really excited when they see a giant egg. Thats what other ethologist do, she also talked about how she studies animal behavior. It talks about how there are different ways to study animals, Jane Goodall waits and is very patient and records what sees she also records what she hears. It mentioned in her book that it took her a long time to learn the animals gestures and their language/ calls. I find this book interesting and easy to understand also I like how she mentions other ethologist and other important people in her life but the main story is about her.


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Why I Chose Eat Pray Love




The reason why I chose Eat Pray Love is becuase this book seemed really personal but it also looks adventurous. Also, this book seems perfect for my age. I love adventurous books and this book is about her traveling to Italy, India, and an Indonesian island of Bali. This book also seems so personal because she is going through a divorce. I have a good feeling that the book is going to be good because it was made into a movie, so it has to be at least okay. I can't say that I have connection to this book because I haven't traveled to Italy, India, or part of Indonesian also I haven't gone through a divorce. But I have also heard that this memoir is very boring. So I am considering other memoirs like Is Everyone Hanging Out With Me, Let's Pretend This Never Happened, Bossypants, Manson In His Own Words, and Yes Please. So I am trying to decide which book I am going to read. I am looking for a humorous, adventurous, and a book that is meant for a teen probably. I don't know what book I am going to read but I am excited to find a good memoir I can enjoy.

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Basketball

Basketball is the bomb!!!!

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