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The Giver - ABC Book
Transcript of The Giver - ABC Book
The first time Jonas ever saw the colour red was when he was playing catch with an apple.
Turning Nine and receiving your own bicycle was long-awaited by children of the Community.
The annual ceremony was similar to a birthday party. However, unlike a birthday party, where each child was singled out, the ceremonies were in a group and simply marked the passage of time. Ceremonies occur each year until the child turns 12, after which it begins life as an adult.
Members of the Community lived in a society similar to a dictatorship since almost every aspect of their lives was heavily regulated.
Animals, such as elephants are nonexistent in the Community. Children are given a comfort stuffed animal based on a real life animal of the past until the age of 8. These are believed to be imaginary by most of the Community.
Jonas had a good friend named Fiona who had distinctive red hair. He eventually developed romantic feelings for her. At her Ceremony of Twelve, she was assigned the role of Caretaker of the Old.
The Giver was a man who was the old Receiver. The previous Receiver-in-Training, Rosemary, was his daughter.
One of the first few times Jonas saw red (after the apple and the faces in the crowd during the ceremony) was in Fiona's hair.
The Giver - ABC Book
By: Yousra Lakhani
The first colour Jonas ever saw was red.
Jonas was Twelve when he became the new Receiver.
Love was nonexistent (as are other feelings) in the Community.
Music comes with hearing-beyond; only the current Giver, previous Receivers and Jonas are known to have such qualities.
Precision of Language
Precision of Language was one of the first few skills taught to children in the Community.
The Receiver uses memories to learn more about the past and provide advice to the Committee.
Release is a topic not many people know about. When you are released, a syringe is injected into your vein(s), and you die.
Rosemary was the Giver's daughter and the previous Receiver-in-Training before Jonas.
The Naming of newchildren happens at the Ceremony of One. At this time, newchildren are also given to their family units.
War was one of Jonas' worst memories.
There was a lack of options in the Community. Your daily life and future career was picked out for you. Even simple choices, such as what to wear, were nonexistent in the Community.
Jonas was encouraged to ask questions during his training process.
Jonas' first memory was of snow. In this memory, he is sledding down a snow-covered hill.
To be released, there is a special injection that needs to go into the veins.
Jonas is a young boy who lives with his mother, father and little sister Lily. At the Ceremony of Twelve, he was chosen to become the next Receiver.
Nobody has any feelings in the Community. Only few people such as Jonas and the Giver have any knowledge/experience of feelings.
Killing in the Community occurs through Release. The Community believes in killing those who commit a crime 3 times. This is a similar concept to the death penalty used in some countries in our society. The Elderly are killed once they reach a certain age. When twins are born, the lighter one of the two also gets killed. Anyone can apply for Release, expect for the Receiver and the Receiver-in-Training. Past Receivers can apply for Release after they have finished training the Receiver who will replace them.
Christmas is the Giver's favourite memory. In this memory, there is a fire, and a family. This is when the concept of Love is properly introduced.
Each member of the community lived in a dwelling. Some people lived alone, others lived with their spouses/family unit.
There was also a lack of opinions in the Community. No one had any opinions on things that matter except for those that truly knew what was happening.
Nobody knows when they were actually born, only how early or late they were born compared to other newchildren born that year. December is when becoming a year older is typically celebrated.
Uniqueness was not encouraged in the Community. One would be frowned upon if differed from the rest of the Community in any way.
Most members of the Community are visually impaired as they can't see colours. Instead, they see everything in black and white.
Each year until the age of 12, the children of the Community received a gift or earned a privilege/right.
Capacity to See/Hear Beyond
In the story, the Capacity to See/Hear Beyond is the ability to see colour and hear music, both of which are not in the Community.
Asher is Jonas' best friend. As a young child, he always mixed up his words. He is generally a troublemaker. The assignment he received at his Ceremony of Twelve was Assistant Director of Recreation.
Knowing how to zip your zipper showed independence. Before a child receives a coat with front closure(s), he/she had a coat with back closures so that children could help each other and learn interdependence.
The Giver transferred memories to Jonas. He transferred memories from many different generations. Some memories were pleasurable, while others were painful.
Gabriel is a newchild in the Community. He had been a very rare case as he had been labeled 'uncertain' and given an additional year to develop before his naming ceremony. However, as Gabriel still needed more time to fully develop, he was scheduled to be released. When Jonas left on his adventure to Elsewhere, he took Gabriel with him so that he would not be released.
Jonas had never truly experienced pain until he became the new Receiver.