I read it as a child and the outline of the plot still stands out in my memory: a father and his three children choose the bare minimum of possessions to take with them to a new planet, but when they get there, nothing will grow, and there is no way to leave or get help. Sounds simple and gut-wrenching, right? When the community arrives on their new planet Earth is no longer habitable , they are struck by how very still and shiny everything is. And though the air smelled good and sweet to breathe, it was windless, and as still as the air in a deep cave underground. Only the little rivulet that followed us across to the lake from the crag valley where the ship had lodged moved; it chuckled gently from stone to stone, and sparkled as brightly as the glass leaves and grass. This is definitely a book that exercises your brain, not only with the prose but with the science problem-solving.
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I found it unscientific, wildly implausible, vague, and artistically undistinguished. The book takes place at an unspecified date in the future when the sun is dying for an unspecified reason.
The main characters--like many people on the planet--are leaving the earth--however, the nation that they belong to is poor, and cannot afford to take much with them. They can therefore only take a few crops and animals with them, and each person can only take a single book. The main character-- a young girl--chooses to take a green notebook with her, in which she records the events that take place on the new world.
Additionally, it seems that the author never anticipated the cheapness of computing technology which would eventually arise.
The book makes no mention of this. This is simply, utterly absurd--such a thing is effectively equivalent to completely restructuting the elementary composition and molecular processes of an organism without killing it--and the simplest way by which one could legitimately explain this concept in a serious work would require the use of extremely advanced nanotechnology. The scientific errors are potentially ignorable, but, as I am very knowledgeable as to science, I found that these books--as well as the poor presentation of the story by my fifth grade teachers--were not at all of any interest to me.
For example, when we as a class arrived at the scene where the children discover a sweet substance, the whole class did a science essay on sugar, never once mentioning that not all sweet substances are sugars. It was only a fifth-grade class, of course--but I was highly annoyed even then, especially when a kid told me that "sugar was made of carbon dioxide"--a conclusion made from our experiments with using yeast to measure sugar.
I could go on to discuss the other crap they taught us, but I will discuss that in a different review. It MIGHT would have been interesting in the second or third grade, but it was entirely too childish to be a required reader in the ninth.
For one, it is completely unrealistic and childish, as I have already said. This book has neither. Second, it was slightly sad, and very depressing. The fact that the Earth was dying, and that the people had become so dependent on THINGS; instead of their own two hands, was very saddening. They had even forgotten how fairytales went, and what clouds were, and some of them were even born on the ship that brought them to this new planet, "Shine". It was just altogether very depressing and, as said in my last review on "Sounder", dissatisfying.
If your going to read this, read it in the second or third grade, or with your child. Pattie and her family have to leave Earth because it is dying. They take seeds and a limit supply of essentials from Earth to start their new life on Shine. Each person is also allowed to take one book. Due to differences in environment, none of the seeds will grow properly and the colonists are concerned that they will die. Fortunately Pattie and her friend discover that the glass like plants are a sugar-like edible substance.
In any case, it is a sweet little story and worth the time to read, particularly because it provides a gentle step into science fiction for young readers. The morals regarding story and the importance of community, history, and culture are appropriate and interesting. They arrive at another planet and Pattie, the youngest girl in the group, is allowed to pick the name for it and decides to call it Shine. Because they are not able to bring much with them, the people bring a handful of clothes, resources, and one book.
Pattie decides to bring an empty book. When the people arrive, many of the crops do not grow, nothing is really edible, and a lot of the individuals are worried about what they are going to do. Fortunately, Pattie and her friends find trees that are like candy and also figure out that they are not alone.
Moth-people live amongst them, but they are unable to communicate. Eventually, the people living on Shine are able to find ways to eat and survive and through the empty, green book, Pattie records everything that they are experiencing in this new planet. At my current field placement, the third graders are actually reading this book. I have never heard of this book, but after listening to the students discuss the various themes and characters in the book, I was interested in what this book was about.
Although some of the scientific ideas in this book are not really valid, it provides a unique perspective and how to be open-minded to new ideas and ways of thinking. While learning about colonization in the United States, this book can be incorporated into the history lesson as well.
For a journal entry, teachers can also ask the students to write about what they would bring to Shine if they were limited to only a couple of items. Review will shown on site after approval. Review will shown on site after approval Other books by Fiction.
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I found it unscientific, wildly implausible, vague, and artistically undistinguished. The book takes place at an unspecified date in the future when the sun is dying for an unspecified reason. The main characters--like many people on the planet--are leaving the earth--however, the nation that they belong to is poor, and cannot afford to take much with them. They can therefore only take a few crops and animals with them, and each person can only take a single book. The main character-- a young girl--chooses to take a green notebook with her, in which she records the events that take place on the new world. Additionally, it seems that the author never anticipated the cheapness of computing technology which would eventually arise. The book makes no mention of this.
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