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Copy of Money Hungry
Transcript of Copy of Money Hungry
Critique and Opinion:
They can't do nothing much to you, if you got a bankroll backing you up.
-Author: Sharon G Flake
-Published In: 2001
-Intended Audience: Young Adult (12 years onwards)
-Genre: Contemporary realistic fiction
-Plot Type: Episodic
Minor Characters: Raspberry's mother, Zora, Ming, Mai, and Ja'nae
Flat Characters: Dr. Mitchell, Ja'nae's grandparents, Ming and Mai's parent, Sato, Check, Shoe and Oddjob
In my opinion, this book portrayed a lot of really important themes that also to me, seem to be really hard to introduce to children. Things like mixed race, poverty, racism, bullying, divorce, relationships...this book was definitely not lacking in terms of lessons to be learned, and ideas to be introduced and talked about.
That being said, I think that's precisely why this story can connect so well with children around 12 years old. So many children experience these really hard themes everyday, and this novel is one way of helping them know that they're not alone.
I think the two big take-aways from this story would have to be determination and hope. These two seemed to be the constant tone throughout the novel. Throughout all of the conflicts that Raspberry and her mother go through, they never lost hope for a happier life in their own home, with Raspberry's blue room with stars.
To me, the author had a really interesting writing style which really helped me as a reader connect with the story a lot more. The story was told in first person, with Raspberry as the narrator. The kinds of language used was also not typical "storybook" English. This contributes to the really honest writing that helped me connect to the story even more, and that in the end-almost convinced me to think of Raspberry as a real person. Her anguish when her mother was throwing out the money? I was almost just as upset. Somehow, Sharon G Flake managed to get me totally invested into Raspberry's trials and tribulations.
Recommendations/Likes and Dislikes:
Overall, I really enjoyed this story. This was one of my favorites that we've gotten to read thus far in Children's Lit. I'd definitely recommend it! Realistic fiction is one of my favorite genres, and this story really resonated with me for some reason. I loved Flake's characterization of Raspberry, and I think that the story, as easy to read as it is conveyed some really difficult truths and realities really eloquently.
1) CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.6:Describe how a narrator’s or speaker’s point of view influences how events are described.
*(It'd be really interesting to see how children separate Raspberry's point of view, and this would also transition really well into talking about some of the difficult themes.)
2) CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.3 Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).
*(To contrast Raspberry and Zora, or Raspberry with other characters)
-Mainly the Projects
-Various homes (Ja'nae's, Zora's, Raspberry's)
-Ming's Parents' Restaurant
"…as long as I got two hands, I ain’t never living in the street no more. Ain’t never gonna be broke, neither."
"What color room you want? Yeah, I figured you'd want blue... but what about letting me paint some clouds on the wall for you? And a few stars, so we don't forget that even bad times is sprinkled with a little good."