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From Sharon Creech:
I began to write, I was living in England
I was missing the States. I was also missing
grown children who had just gone off to
there. I wrote Walk
Two Moons from
notion of a parent/child separation, and I
to do it from the child ís point of view.
were the kinds of things rolling around in
Interview with Sharon Creech,1995 Newbery
Reading Teacher ,February
took a road trip last month to North Carolina.
We traveled by car. We went to North Carolina
to see my great aunt before she went to the
hospital. We passed the time by playing hand
clapping games, other games and by just
The book was sad
but interesting. My favorite part was when Phoebe
found out that she had a brother.
(Andrew will be
away for our chat session. He wanted
to feel part of it, so he wrote a long
response. Thanks Andrew, for being so conscientious!)
judging a man seems to mean to me don't
judge someone until you know about them or
have experienced what they have. Sometimes
people act the way they do because of what
they have been through.
2. Sal doesn't want
to think about her mother because it might
be too painful for her and it may hurt.
Maybe she does know what happened but can
not face it. I can relate to Sal, in that
when you loose someone that you love
sometimes you don't want to bring it up
because it hurts too much. It seems to me
that that's why Sal doesn't talk about it.
3. In the book,
Phoebe thinks that Mrs. Cadaver is the
murderer because she was carrying that large
plastic garbage bag that was really lumpy to
the curb. So she assumed or that it could be
a dead body.
4. In chapter 12
about the marriage bed. I liked this chapter
because of what grump's father and brother
did at the wedding. Bringing the bed
that he was born in had a special meaning to
him and it was kind of like a tradition. I
especially liked it when Sadie the dog was
5. Sal had a
special relationship with her grandparents.
She not only went with them on a long
journey but she shared her stories and
experiences with them and they did the same
with her. She told them all about her best
friend Phoebe and things that were
important. Grandparents have a lot of
knowledge and life experiences and I know
for me, I have learned a lot from my talks
with my grandma and grandpa. They used to
tell me things about the war and their life
stories that sometimes made me feel sad and
other times made me realize that when my
grandma was growing up she had a close
family. A lot of Sal's experiences were similar
Mrs. Stein I liked
this book, the only hard thing that was a
little confusing to me was there was so many
different things going on at once in the
book. I think if I read it again I would get
it better. I understood everything but maybe
I would pick things up that I missed. I
didn't mind that the book was about a girl.
My mom always tells me to have an open mind
Hi, Mrs. Stein, here
is something else I forgot to add.
Like Sal took a
trip across country with her gram and
gramps, I too have taken long road
trips with my family. Last year we took a
short trip to Montauk and along the way we
talked about a lot of different things we
stopped at a lot of farm stands and antique
shops. But something that was so funny to me
stays in my mind. As I would look at all of
the farms and nice houses and the beach and
coastline, every time we would pass a farm
stand and my mom would see sunflowers she
would say to my dad, oh, honey, let's stop.
Joseph and I would laugh because she must
have said it ten times. My dad would tease
and say how many sunflowers do you need?
around and laughed about a lot of things,
and most of all like Sal she spent time with
her grandparents. I realized that now
when my mom wants to stop and look at
flowers and sunflowers I get out of
the car with her and look with her.
If you really
look at a sunflower they are happy looking
flowers. My mom smiles, and we laugh a
little, plus Joe and I usually get a piece
of candy, too.
was very sad at the end of the book Walk Two
Moons I started to cry I thought that it was
going to be her mother waiting at the top of the
hill but when
I figured out that it was her mother's grave I
was really sad.
I thought that the author did a great job by
making the characters very interesting but I did
not like what happened to the characters. That
is what I
think of the book. I would not recommend the
book to anybody though.
am up to chapter 22. "Don't judge a man
until you've walked two moons in his
moccasins." I think the statement means
don't judge a man until you see what he does. It
was weird that Sal and her grandparents were
talking about Phoebe Winterbottom on their way
to Idaho and they met her there. They thought
that she was gone and looking for her mother
If I were Sal, I would not talk or say
hello to Margaret. I would run away.
I slept over a friend's house and they were
bothering me I would automatically leave. When Phoebe's
father dashed into her room to wake her up he
told her she was late for her first day of
school, she told him she was sick. She was
lying. I think she was tired from getting in and
out of bed that night.
I read on and read that she was worried
about her kidnapped mother. I guess her mother
only gave her the dictionary when she did not
understand a word. She did not like it when her
father gave it to her to look up the word
I thought it was weird when Sal said the
rabbit was alive one second ago, and she said
that when her sister died.
on chapter 11 and I think Ben likes Sal .
Why didn't Ben want Sal and Phoebe to call the
man a lunatic? I wonder why the man is so
nervous? This story reminds me of Tuck
Everlasting because there's a man that
nobody knows who he is. I wonder why Sal
flinches every time somebody touches her?
wonder the same thing that you're wondering,
Mrs. Stein, what does Huzza Huzza mean. I
wonder if Sal's grandparents like kids because
Sal's grandma said it's like you're on a hot
grill. I think the messages are for Phoebe
because Phoebe judges Mrs. Cadaver. I think the
other message is for Sal because Sal never talks
about her mother.
can relate to Sal when she got scared and
didn't know where Gram went. My Mom and I were
in Wal-Mart and I was looking at shampoos and my
Mom went down the other aisle and I got scared
and didn't talk about it for the rest of the
week. I think Sal's mother died and the father
knows but is not telling Sal and Sal is going to
Lewiston, Idaho and she's going to be even more
hurt. If I was Sal's father I would have told
Sal that her mother died. I like the book so
I finished the book and I loved it. Now I know
why you cried Mrs. Stein, I cried too. I had a
feeling the end was going to end that way. I
also now know who the lunatic is. When I found
out who the lunatic was I was shocked. In some
of the parts I didn't know that was coming. I'm
glad that I finished the book. Now I'm going to
start the Whipping Boy. I hope the Whipping Boy
is as good as Walk Two Moons. I really enjoyed
Walk Two Moons.
I have my book and will begin reading today.
As you know, I have already read this
book, but it was so good that I am looking
forward to reading it again.
book! I'm enjoying the story within the
story format of Walk Two Moons. I
wonder what, Huzza Huzza means? I have
never heard that before.
wondering if the boys enjoyed the book as much
as the girls? Please let me know.
you have been given the job of grading either
Prince Brat's or Jemmy's character.
the character traits listed below and give the
character of your choice a grade (A, B, C, D, or
F) in each of the areas.
your grades to Mrs. Stein with comments
explaining why you gave your character the
grades that you did. I will post these on
our response page in another section.
Jemmy's character trait
| I am
writing about Jemmy. I gave him an A
because he thought of many plans and
wanted to do them very well.
|I gave him an A because he seemed
to be very smart. He learned what the
prince should have been learning from
|He came up with a tons of plans to
save the prince and himself.
|No matter how many times Jemmy
tried to walk away from Prince Brat he
couldn't because he knew Prince Brat
couldn't defend himself.
|He made good plans and taught
Prince Brat to trust and learn from him.
you have been given the job of grading
either Prince Brat's or Jemmy's character.
the character traits listed below and give
the character of your choice a grade (A, B,
C, D, or F) in each of the areas.
Steven's Report Card: Jemmy
was determined to get Prince Brat
away from Hold-Your-Nose-Billy and
He did this by going into the
sewer and banging and banging a
birdcage to send Billy and Cutwater
in another direction
Jemmy has very good study habits, he
doesnít get an A because they
For example, Jemmy isnít
outstanding at writing, but heís
think Jemmy was very creative to
hide in the sewer from Billy and
Jemmy was the only person to
think of doing this.
| A, F
would give Jemmy an A and an F for
friendship. He was being mean to
Prince Brat in the beginning.
For example, when Prince Brat
came into Jemmyís room and told
Jemmy to run away with him. Jemmy
said, ďLeave me here.
Run away with one of your
He was nice to Prince Brat at
the end of the book because they
started to help each other.
wasnít a good leader because he
didnít lead Prince Brat, and he
didnít want to. Prince Brat just
followed Jemmy anyway.
Although Prince Brat followed
Jemmy, he did it so he wouldnít
get lost, but he didnít do it
because Jemmy was a leader.
your grades to Mrs. Stein with comments
explaining why you gave your character the
grades that you did. I will post these
on our response page in another section.
Whipping Boy reminds me of a friendship I have
with a girl named Malika. I've known her since
dance Pre K. She is dark skinned, but I don't
see her dark skin. Her interest is dance like
very kind. When the kids in my old dance school
made fun of me, she would be there and would
stick up for me 100%. But the bad part is she is
still at my old dance school. The
good thing is that we still keep in touch.
we are going to Florida when Mylika has a
competition and I am going to cheer her on! Oh,
boy I can't wait until then! I am glad I
have a friend like Mylika. I hope we stay
I think Prince Brat
never learned discipline because the king always
disciplined Jemmy instead of Prince Brat.
I think Jemmy
and Prince Brat are going to become friends. I
didn't understand why Billy and Cutwater
grabbed Prince Brat and Jemmy?
I think that Jemmy deserves a D because Jemmy is
putting up with the abuse from King Horace and
Prince Brat. If I was Jemmy I would tell King
Horace if your not allowed to whip a Prince then
start putting him in the dungeon.
character trait above.
decided to write about my friend Raychel because
we are very close and weíre B.F.F. (Best
Sheís my age, four days younger than me
and weíve know each other since pre-k, when we
were four years old.
Raychel is a little shorter than me, has
brown, wavy, angled hair and blue eyes. She likes to swim, play with her friends, and bowl.
She is kind, funny and playful.
remember one time when Raychel slept over and we
were playing in the dark trying to scare each
went to the bathroom and when I came back in she
scared me. Ah! Ah! Ah!
Then I fell on the cup of apples and
grapes and they flew on our heads and we
couldnít stop laughing for one hour.
time when I crawled under the deck to get my
favorite shell and came out
and the flat side of
a nail scratched my back. I
couldnít talk clearly, so Raychel got my mom
and Raychel also helped me get inside.
My mom put a band aid on it, but I still
have a scar.
the story The Whipping Boy, I think that the
prince was unhappy because Jemmy didnít yell
when whipped and Jemmy feels unhappy because the
King orders him to be whipped when the prince
does something bad. Prince
Brat didnít learn to behave because the
whipping boy got disciplined, not him.
outlaws are funny because they were easily
tricked and the whipping boy and the prince got
them to believe they were each other.
best friendís name is Jeffery. Jeffery
resembles Jemmy because they both are smart,
brave, and both make good friends.
has brown hair, and is very tall. He loves to
play sports, and play video games. Heís really
funny, and real smart.
think the prince was unhappy with Jemmy because
he wouldnít scream when he was whipped, but
Jemmy wouldnít scream because he didnít want
to give the prince pleasure in seeing him
think Jemmy was unhappy with the prince because
he was just getting in trouble so that he could
enjoy seeing Jemmy whipped.
think that they both had one thing in common;
they both didnít like each other, until the
end of the story, where they become friends.
think the prince never learned to behave because
when he did something wrong, all heíd have to
do is watch Jemmy get whipped and listen to his
father lecture him.
and Cutwater were funny because they werenít
smart. You could tell because they were broke,
and they got tricked really easily!
like this story. My favorite part was when they
were in the sewer, and Billy and Cutwater got
bitten by all those rats!
Steven is currently
entering the third grade. I
think he did a superb job!!!
read The Whipping Boy, and I really liked it.
I liked this book because it showed me
how real friendship is made.
The way the book showed me how real
friendship is made was when Prince Brat and the
Whipping Boy helped each other as best they
example, when the Whipping Boy was going to get
whipped Prince Brat promised to everything that
was needed to become a king.
Whipping Boy reminds me of the Prince and the
Pauper. In both books the prince ran away from
home. Also in both books there was a Prince and
a kid from the streets. Both kids from the
streets were whipped.
favorite part of The Whipping Boy was when
Prince Brat didnít want to be a prince. That
made me think of the times that I didnít want
to be myself.
For example, the time when I was mad at
my mom because she was yelling and screaming at
me is a time when I didnít want to be myself.
I noticed that Prince Brat wanted to be noticed,
so he did bad things like spitting spitballs at
his teacherís head and running away. That
reminds me of my brother when he wants to be
noticed. He gets very annoying. My brother often spits at me because he
wants to be noticed.
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