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L. G. (L)
Subject: Hula by Lisa Shea
Date Posted: 5/24/2008 12:24 AM ET
Member Since: 9/5/2005
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This was an odd book.  The premise was excellent, but it falls short on so many fronts.  The writing style is simplistic, but it's told from the vantage point of a ten year-old girl, so you would expect it to be a bit simple.  Each chapter is a story in itself, of sorts, but all pertain to the girl and her sister, and how they cope with their lives.  There are scenes of violence against animals which I found gratuitous and unnecessary - the point being made could have been made in another manner.  The violence really detracted from what could have been an excellent book.

Date Posted: 5/25/2008 11:20 AM ET
Member Since: 7/31/2006
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hmm..I haven't read this ..actually I haven't even heard of it. Thanks for the animal violence warning though. I'm wondering though since it was told from a 10 yr old girls' point of view if maybe that make more of an impact on her? I mean, if I were in a situation I know that would be something I remembered and was more moved by than probalby other stuff that was  happening. A friend of mine lost her mother to breast cancer a few years ago and I remember her being a bit angry at her 7 yr old daughter for asking Mimi' what happens to Prissy when you die'? (the poodle they'd given her'and she was like' her Mimi is dying and that's the only thing she can think of' and well the kid was thinking from her point of view and she loves animals and that was the only thought she had at the time.

I'd like to read a book that somehow manages to convey the feelings of the child vs their feelings as an adult. I spend time thinking sometimes to how I felt about somethng when it happened as a child or when I heard it as a child and now as an adult i've been able to ask about it and hear what 'really happened' and just think how things are so different when you see them as a child vs an adult or look back with experience...

Date Posted: 5/28/2008 9:23 AM ET
Member Since: 5/5/2006
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L. what animals were they and what happened?  Here's a site that explains symbolism of animals. Was there some underlying reason for the violence other than just to shock the reader?