Archive for January, 2021

Book: Hattie Big Sky

Author: Kirby Larson

Genre: Historical Fiction

Page Count: 322

Her entire life, Hattie has been transferred from one relative, to another. So when a long-lost uncle died and left his homesteading claim to her, she is eager to try to strike out on her own. But proving up a claim is harder than she might think, especially during war times.

The thing I liked most about this book was that Hattie was constantly writing and receiving letters from different people. I thought that helped us gain perspective on what these people thought of her homesteading. Another thing I liked was the character Perilee, who has a neighboring farm to Hattie’s. I liked how kind and matter-of-fact she was.

There wasn’t much I didn’t like about this book, except perhaps a part of the ending. I really wanted to meet a character Hattie was writing letters to, but we didn’t. 🙁

I read this book for the WW1 section of my history. I thought that it showed how people across the ocean reacted to the war. One thing that I felt was inaccurate was that it skated over the Spanish Flu. It made it seem like it was there for a week, then was gone.

Altogether, you should read this book.

Here’s a slideshow with things I learned from the WW1 Horrible Histories book: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1j3ZrASP9f8KrZ8icL1kWJV-JOpMSR8Eyqtk_Rt-nt7w/edit?usp=sharing

A Single Shard, by Linda Sue Park

warning: spoiler alert

Main character: Tree-ear

I would give this book five stars because it was very good and I highly recommend it!

It is about a boy in Korea named Tree-ear. He lives under a bridge in a potters’ village with his friend Crane-man. He likes to watch the best potter in the village, Min, who is also known for his short temper! One day he accidentally breaks a box and a strange adventure unfolds.

Things I like about the book:

-crane-man: because he is very kind

-Min’s wife: because she is very kind

-Tree-ear: because he is energetic and is fun to read about

Things I do not like about the book:

-that crane-man died

-that the pottery broke