September 11, 2017 -Reading Log #1: The Penderwicks On Gardam Street by Jeanne Birdsall (Topic Choice #1- Characters) The main character in the story is named Rosalind Penderwick. Rosalind is the eldest daughter of Elizabeth Penderwick and sister of Skye, Jane, and Batty Penderwick. Rosalind is important because since she is the eldest, she is in charge of helping her sisters and making sure they are okay, while their father is at work. In the story Rosalind states,"We should buy that necklace for Mommy," she said. "It would take up all the money we have." Skye had already strapped a black watch onto her wrist. "I know, but Mommy would love it. The big heart is her, and the four little ones are us three and the baby." (p.4) This shows that Rosalind is caring, friendly, thoughtful, and selfless. In the story Rosalind is a dynamic character. In the prologue of the story it states," The sentence was broken off, for Ruben had arrived with Skye and Jane Squashed into a wheelchair, squealing ans giggling. They tumbled out and ran into the room while Rosalind followed more slowly, trying to puzzle out what she'd heard (p.5)... Skye and Jane were so noisily excited about the wheelchair ride and about handing over the necklace, and then their mother was so pleased with the necklace and looked so lovely wearing it, that no one noticed that Rosalind was off to one side, pale and quiet (p.6)... Elizabeth Penderwick had enough time to say good-bye to her husband and girls one unbearable evening, but only just enough. She died before dawn the next morning, with the baby Batty nestled, calm and quiet, in her arms."(p.6) Chapter One, Rosalind Bakes a Cake, then states, "Four years and four months later[,] Rosalind was happy. Not the kind of passionate, thrilling happy that can quickly turn into disappointment, but the calm happy that comes when life is steadily going along just the way it should." (p.7) This interprets to mean that Rosalind was once really confused, quiet, scared, and full of sorrow because of her mother's death and other things she didn't yet understand. Then as time passed by, she became happier and calmer.
September 25, 2017 -Reading Log #2: The Penderwicks On Gardam Street by Jeanne Birdsall (Topic Choice #3- Plot)
An important scene from this story is when Martin Penderwick received a letter from his wife, Elizabeth Penderwick. In the letter Elizabeth writes that he needs to live his life and not waste it on grieving her. She also writes to him that he should start dating, but Martin doesn't agree. As a matter of fact, the story states,"Romance! Bah!" said Mr.Penderwick, his glasses falling off altogether and clattering to the floor..."I don't think you're the type for dating, Daddy," said Skye after a while. "No offense." "None taken," he said. "I agree with you."(p.24) Martin's daughters also don't agree of what their mom wrote in the letter. The author writes,"...Rosalind sat down in the grass and went back to what she'd been doing for the last day and a half--trying to figure out how to stop this terrible dating. So far she'd come up with nothing but a name: The Save-Daddy Plan."(p.68) "So I've been trying to come up with a way to stop this dating nonsense. And don't anyone say it was Mommy's idea. I know it was, and I don't care." Rosalind glared defiantly at the others, daring them to protest. Skye wasn't cowed. "None of us like the dating idea, but Daddy agreed to it , and he's honor-bound to keep going."..."Skye's right about Daddy agreeing to to the dates. But we all know that he hates it as much as I--we--do. I looked up the word that he used last night, cruciatus. It means 'torture'."(p.74) The letter creates conflict hugely. It creates conflict between the girls and their aunt because she is the one who gave her brother, Martin, the letter from their mother. It makes the girls annoyed of their aunt for showing their father the letter and makes them mad of what their mother wrote. They don't agree that their father needs another women in his life and that they are enough to keep him happy. This scene takes place in the rising action plot structure. The story is getting more interesting and getting filled with more drama. I can predict that the plan the girls create isn't going to work because their father is going to find a women that he likes. And at first the girls won't like her for taking their father and replacing their mother, but in the end will like her too.
October 19, 2017 -Reading Log #3: Zen and the Art of Faking It by Jordan Sonnenblick (Topic Choice #5- Gate Depth and Complexity Icons + Content Imperatives)
In the book, Zen and the Art of Faking It, patterns are seen. For example the main character, San Lee, states,"So. Eighth grade. Second semester. New state." (p.2) San Lee also says," On my second day of school, I was still trying out who to be in Pennsylvania: a skater, like I'd been in Cali? A Bible-thumper, like I'd been in Alabama? A rich preppy kid, like I'd been in Houston? A macho pretend-jock, like I'd been in Germany?" (p.10) This interprets to mean that San is always moving and is someone different everywhere he moves. San moving from place to place to place is a pattern he goes through every few months.