Tuesday, 24 August 2010
Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
Sharon Creech's 1995 Newbery Medal winner, Walk Two Moons, allows readers to analyze the effectiveness of the author's use of theme and to consider how it relates to 13 year old Sal, her grandparents, her friend, her father, and her mother, who has left home.
Creech uses mysterious messages left by a stranger to tie together the plot, characters' actions, and motivation.
The messages are also written in the form of themes. The first message is "Don't judge a man until you have walked two moons in his mocassins" (p. 51).
This book provides an interesting source for tracing the emergence of themes and the relation of those themes to various characters and conflicts developed in the text.