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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Story of the Blue Planet by Andri Snaer Magnason

The Story of the Blue PlanetIf you want a book that will open up your world, consider reading this cautionary tale. It has been published in twenty-two countries. It has many worldly names such as Brimer, Hulda, Elva and Magni. Blue Planet is only inhabited by children. When a villain lands on the planet, he offers to trade a small amount of youth for the power to fly. What child could resist that offer? "Youth is the most precious stuff in the world. It's more valuable than gold and diamonds and...". Of course children want to fly. In order to fly, the villain has the sun up all the time on their side of the planet. This throws off the entire ecosystem.

Problems arise because there are children on the other side of the planet.  The majority of the children vote for bombs - though not one person throws a bomb. Does a majority make it right? What good discussions about democracy could come from this book. Brimer is the one to sacrifice his heart. He truly is a leader. However, it is Hulda who comes up with a solution. See if you agree with me. I think the best vocabulary word is on page 123.  GOBSMACKED


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