Friday, October 21, 2011

Adventures of Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

ABOUT THE BOOK: These books are about two kids -- Tom, who was well-brought up by his parents and his Aunt Sally, and Huck, who was the exact opposite. His mom died, but his father doesn't care about him. He lives in a barrel, he smokes, he doesn't go to school and he uses a dead cat to get rid of warts. They go on adventures and find money, see a dead body in a graveyard, see someone get murdered, swear blood oaths, become pirates until they get bored, attend their own funerals, play games "by the book," drove whomever looking after them crazy, and helped Jim the slave escape. 

WHAT I LIKED: Tom was all about presentation -- he had to make things as complicated as possible -- like when he tried to get Jim out of prison, while Huck just wanted to get things done. They were using case knives to dig under the foundation of Jim's prison, and eventually, Tom's hands got sore, and he said that they should use pickaxes and pretend they were case knives. He took a sheet and tore it up to make a rag-rope, even though Jim didn't need a rag-rope, because it was in the books. All it did was make his Aunt Sally very angry.

MY FAVORITE CHARACTER: I liked Tom Sawyer, because he was nice to Huckleberry Finn, who was poor and had no family, except for his dad, who I don't think counts, because he tried to con poor Huck out of his hard-earned money. Huckleberry Finn, because he helped Jim so Jim could escape and not be a slave anymore. He felt guilty sometimes for not turning Jim in, but then Jim would tell him that he was a good friend, so Huck couldn't turn him in. Also, Jim, because he was trying to save his babies. He wanted to escape so he could earn money to save his wife and babies. He wanted to buy them back from slavery.

MY FAVORITE PART:  The class put a cat on a string and lowered it down very gently from the rafters on top of the teacher's head to show that he had a wig. The cat landed on his head, and they pulled it back up, and it had his wig in its claws.

WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: I didn't like Pap, because he would say "give me money!" and would just buy beer, and never bought books, toys, clothes or food for Huck. He would just buy beer and he was super lazy. He made Huck get him food. Half the time, he just left him and disappeared.

THE BOTTOM LINE: People should read it, but there are a lot of things people might not like. They use bad words to describe people. It's not nice, but they talked that way, because they didn't know any better. It was weird, when the preacher talked about how God loved everyone, but they didn't treat the African-American people right.

MOM'S TAKE: This was a valuable book to start discussions about slavery, Civil Rights and how other people should be treated. We talked about how our country has changed, and what we still need to do.

FIND IT ON THE WEB: The Official Web Site of Mark Twain