Plain Girl by Virginia Sorensen was an okay read, but the lessons it taught about about fitting in and finding your place in the world were valuable. And because I, like the characters, belong to minority religion, I would like to talk to my daughter about some of the issues this book brings up. As so many thoughts swirl in Esther's confused mind, her brother finally makes his return. I recommend to fans of Virginia Sorensen and to classrooms as I think it is a good book for students to read and be more aware of the cultures that are in the world. She meets a friend, Mary, and becomes Best Friends. That was rather strange in a children's book. This book is partly about how cultures can learn to compromise and accept differences, but it is also about growing up, friendship, and family…something every culture experiences.
It was to think of others before yourself. Her brother, Dan, survived, but also joined the non-Amish world. Reading this did give a good opportunity for me and my girls to discuss a parent's role over their children. Many of the buildings in his illustrations feature , with their characteristic. I mean there are some pretty whacked out beliefs The Amish had in this book, but many would lay the same claim to Christianity. This is the third book I read by Sorensen and every time I take something away from her edifying stories. Meanwhile her older brother has left the Amish and struck out on his own, but her strict father won't allow his name to be spoken.
There is some fantastic depth to this book. The father is showed as very strict, even cold and mean. Esther is a ten-year-old Amish girl who is forced by law to go to public school. She feels out of place because of her dress. Or perhaps even with two.
Following the war he attended art school at the. Her brother, Dan, survived, but also joined the non-Amish world. I'm glad that Esther made a friend at school named Mary. Esther's world is small and contained within her Amish community. I gave it a 2 out of 5 because the book gave a confusing message: Esther goes behind her parents back by helping her brother out, and plays a forbidden game of jacks at school, and sneaks Christmas presents to her friend, even though the Amish don't exchange gifts. Sorensen traveled extensively, and all of her books are set in places where she lived.
She begins to have secrets, and more secrets, agains Plain Girl is by a newbery medal winning author Virginia Sorensen. Her parents are forced by the law to send her to school, though they fear they'll lose her to the Outside, just like they did her big brother Daniel. This is a good book that explores cultural differences, obeying parents, keeping secrets and freedom of choice. Esther is afraid to go to school, because she fears that she will want to run away and leave her parents, after seeing all the new and wonderful things, the same way her brother Daniel did. Those who like watching those Reality shows might like to read this to understand the dilemmas of choosing which life is better, English or Amish. But I will say that it showed the good things about living in a simple Amish community,in terms of how they helped each other, and how in many ways families that love each other are alike.
She is afraid the kids at school will make fun of her and be mean. When a pretty blonde girl befriends her, Esther feels guilty—not just for disobeying her father's order not to fraternize with her classmates, but also for the other questions that have been swamping her mind for the first time. And I was scared to go to Junior High because I had gone to my elementary school my whole life and I was scared of the change. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. It turned out to be quite a different children's chapter book, than I expected. In the middle is Esther, the kid-sister that he adores.
As a Christian parent trying to raise children to, not shun the world, but to live counter to the worlds standards, that is not the message I want my children to hear. Esther is afraid to go to school, because she fears that she will want to run away and leave her parents, after seeing all the new and wonderful things, the same way her brother Daniel did. Esther in the end realizes, that as she grows up she is going to have to make the choice in what life she chooses to live. Daniel comes home and the family is happy. I too want my children to make their own decision out of personal conviction, placed by God, not out of fear of rejection. The author really knew how to keep her readers going and where to set the climax. It turned out to be quite a different children's chapter book, than I expected.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. This is an oldie but goodie that I can't believe I've never read! She fears the new world she must enter, fears the way she sticks out next to other kids, and--most of all--fears she may do what her brother did: run away and join the sinful but great wide world she's only just discovering. I would recommend this book for 5-6 graders. She loves the idea of school and can't wait. There was a lot to talk about in this book, it took us over a week, although it was good enough to read in one sitting by yourself.