Friday, 12 January 2018

THE FINAL JUDGEMENT.... (Blogpost #6)

Do you believe that 97% of people like this book? Well this is my honest opinion on the novel Home of the Brave...


Home of the Brave has been a journey to work through. The emotion, action, the backstories all make the book a great candidate for the GINS novel study. The reason that it is good as a candidate because the style of the book (pages of the book) shows a different template for different readers. Also, just the story of immigration touches the topic about the global issues right now. Home of the Brave is a good read for readers that like to read easy books so there not bombarded by so many word son a single page it makes it hard to even understand what's going on. If I were to recommend this book to other people I would because I would think that they would enjoy the story of Kek and his cow named Gol What made the book good was the author writing the book because she has previously written really good books such as the Wishtree. 

For my final judgment I would say that…(Drum Roll Please!).... It does pass the final judgment!! The great style of pages makes it fun to read. And the sad and interesting backstory of Kek really showed true emotion. Thank you all for joining me for this great experience in the GINS novel study!

"You are so scared to face your fear because you are scared of failure."- Home of the Brave



Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Memories of Kek (Blogpost #5)

Water Bucket:
I chose this bucket because the character still uses one in the washroom to shower even though they have a perfectly good working one right beside them. The Aunt works a small with a small wage so that means they cant waste money that easily by using a shower so they use a bucket to wash and clean everything (ie:”I point to the magic water pot like the one on the flying boat”) (P-32-34). This may mean that they still want a bit of home in Africa back here in America so they use a water bucket to bathe each other with.

Long Brown Couch
I chose this couch specifically because it represents how small the apartment room is. I'm guessing around  3 rooms and 2 bathrooms. Since the couch is long it can be used as a bed. This can show how lazy or how much they have to extend their money to take turns on a couch is Ganwar doesn't even have his own room. (ie:”You and I will sleep on the sofa” ”You don’t need to share, I say. I'll try not to get in the way. You know your welcome here Kek, Ganwar says.”)  (P-34-35) It could also show how fast paced each of their lives are to only have a long couch and another bedroom.

Pile of Dirty Dishes
I chose this specifically because Kek was showing sympathy for her aunt's hard work and not being able to clean the house. (P-92-93). The pile of dirty dishes shows that their life is fast-paced and that they don't have time to focus on the little things. (ie:”My aunt had looked so weary. I wonder how I can help. In the cooking fire room are many dirty dishes. Maybe I can clean them for my Aunt.) To prove that they have a fast-paced life, first of all, Ganwar is traveling place to place getting interviewed for a job, Kek has school but whenever he comes back he tries to help the cleanup, and finally, the Aunt has her long lasting job. The plates had a variety of different fast foods, and some home cooked meals for breakfast.     

T.V
I chose this because the T.V in the living room is an icon to the apartment. Kek and Anwar always watch it whenever they come back from school. (P-39-42) (ie:”The machine has many more stories, more colors, more happy people and mad people. People are dancing and singing and shooting and kissing. So many people, but they still cannot fill the holes in the room.”) With all these emotions Kek explains, it can really show all the personalities Kek can pick up over time which can change the stories emotion over time. The T.V is an old retro box T.V so you can tell that they’ve had it for a while.


Monday, 8 January 2018

A Scrapbook Interview with Hannah! (Blogpost #4)

INTERVIEWER: Come on in Hannah...

INTERVIEWER: Please sit down right in front of the camera.

INTERVIEWER: Now that we are both in front of each other and listening, tell me about your life and your good friend Kek

HANNAH: Ohhh now where do I begin?

INTERVIEWER: It's ok we have as much time as you need!

HANNAH: Ok. It all started when I was at home watching t.v with my mom and dad. The weather of this day was gloomy/cloudy. I had just come back from school and was just relaxing with my parents. Note that my mom was still battling her drug and alcohol addiction which she was trying to fix by going to rehab. My father, on the other hand, left me ever since I was a baby and with my mom still battling her addiction it was hard to maintain a good lifestyle for my age at the time. DIRECT QUOTE: “My moms is rehab and my dad’s well… he hasn't been around since I was a baby”. My life after that has been with my new foster family that is just like any other family. They give me money whenever I need, and any type food that I would want! It truly is a great way to live and it's way better than my old family that just didn’t have the capability to take care of me. Also with my new foster family I was able to get into a good school to improve my career chances. I sometimes wish at night if my parents were ever going to come back for me but I guess thats just a fantasy.

INTERVIEWER: Now can you tell us about this good friend of yours named Kek… Maybe tell the viewers on how you guys met and how your bond shaped each other to become best friends. Or the different adventures you guys have both gone on.

HANNAH: Oh wow that name really shows a nostalgic feeling whenever I hear it! Kek was probably the only friend I had back then that really had a connection to me. He felt what I felt and the adventures we had together were the best that I remember. The way we met was during school but that was when we barely knew each other. But since we lived in the same apartment complex we were able to talk and connect with each other. Kek and I started being friends ever since the “dishwasher” incident… he thought by cleaning dirty dishes you had to clean them in the washing machine! Once I told him the RIGHT way to do that job we were able to talk and drink some chocolate milk together. Also that time when we went to the mall and when Kek bought me a box chocolates which was soo sweet (literally)! After that we started talking more and we went to his friends farm which had a cow named Gol who I also grew a connection for because Im an animal lover. I am still connected with Kek and I hope to see him again soon!

INTERVIEWER: Wow that was a great backstory to the life of the Chief Zookeeper Hannah! Any last words?

HANNAH: I just want to say, no matter what happens in life there is always someone who is going through the exact same pain as you or even worse! If you think about those types of people and even become friends with them it will truly live on forever. Kek was the one who helped me with my pain and thats how we became friends for a long time.....

INTERVIEWER: Bye....

HANNAH: Bye...

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Charter of Rights and Freedoms Impact (Blogpost #3)

"You only make a bridge where there is a river."-African Proverb

The book so far has been interesting and amusing. The emotion in each sentence really pulls you into the actual scene. Kek's journey to find his place in America is a bumpy road, but with his motivation and curiosity, Kek can accomplish anything.

The Charter of Rights and Freedoms has shown it's part of the book a few times. One example would be Equality Rights. Equality Rights is a big concept in Home of the Brave because once Kek moves to America he is still treated the same way as everyone else. It does not affect the way he looks, the way he talks, or his race. Equality Rights did impact Kek once he came to America by not being judged, and welcomed with open arms to America. Kek's school also shares a part of Equality Rights because he has an ESL class that has kids that are just like Kek, he is never judged on what language he speaks or even is backstory. Home of the Brave has a clear connection of Equality Rights.

Now let's talk about Fundamental Freedoms. Home of the Brave shows some aspects of this Right by showing how Kek has the freedom of belief, freedom of thought, and freedom of religion. Kek has thought of leaving America (Fundamental Freedoms allows this) because he misses his hometown and he also wanted to find his mother that still hasn't shown up for a while. Kek had the Freedom of Expression when wanted to put Gol in the zoo because even though he immigrated from his village in Africa he still had the Freedom of Expression once he came to America. This Right then allowed Gol to stay in the zoo.

The Charter of Rights and Freedoms is our foundation of keeping our society fair, and a safe, equal environment. Without it, our community would be unfair to new-comers and to everyone else.

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Some of Kek's Major Speed Bumps in Life. (Blogpost #2)

"When elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers"-African Proverb

So far the book is keeping the same pace of surprising me. The book gives me different emotions every chapter, some feeling sad, angry, and happy.

The emotion that this book made me feel so far is sadness. I am happy that he was able to immigrate to America but sadly his dad and his brother were both killed back in his village, and his mom is still trying to immigrate to America. The saddest moment in the book so far is when Lou has to sell the farm so she could pay off her hospital bills. Even with Kek and Ganwar's help its hard to keep track of everything. When I first found out about the farm being sold it made me feel sad towards Kek because he worked so hard to take care of Gol (the cow's name), and the rest of the farm. With the farm being sold that would mean the friendship between Kek and Lou would get cut off totally because she would have to move somewhere else.

Another subject that saddened me was that the barn was Ganwar's only place of work since he only has one arm. With no work, that would put Ganwar under a lot of stress because just imagine finding a place to work with only one arm.

Hopefully, Ganwar can find a job that suits him. I hope later on in the book the farm gets re-built with Kek's help, maybe he could own the farm in the end, and I hope that Kek's mother will come back to him peacefully. These wishes will only come true if only I keep reading...

Kek's Empathy/Sympathy will Change Anyone's Heart..(Blogpost #1)

"When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion."-African Proverb

Home of the Brave is a really good, eye-catching novel. It clearly shows the perspective of each character, for example, their body type, skin color, height, age and so on. If I were to choose one perspective that has been focused on the most in this story so far is Kek. Kek is a spunky, curious, loving boy who enjoys and want's to learn new things ever since he came to America. Kek is empathetic towards others when they express something bad about their life because Kek has gone through the exact pain before. I don't think Kek has reached the stage of compassion yet because he does not know his friends that much. Kek's lives with his aunt and his cousin Ganwar, his parents were bother killed back in their village.

Once Kek met a little girl named Hannah the same age as him in his apartment complex, she quickly became friends with Kek. Hannah is part of a foster family because her dad disappeared and her mom is in rehab for drugs and alcohol. When Kek finds out about this he starts to feel empathetic towards her because he could really connect with her situation and story. With that evidence so far they were able to show a bond with each other that would last until the end of the book. Kek has made people sympathize with him ever since he came to school on the first day.

The story so far is really fun, and it makes you feel grateful that we're in a beautiful country where we have all of this freedom and that you are always welcome to join a new country that supports every move that you do with open arms...



Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Global Issues Novel Study-Aryan Kumaria

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November 6 2017
First Project

Name
HOME OF THE Brave


Why I chose this
I chose this novel because it reminds me of the movie “Lion”. I also chose this book because the main character's personality is shown very clearly in the blurb. I am very interested to read this book and can’t wait! I have never heard of this book before which expands my creativity in different books.