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December 10, 2008

Blue Jasmine

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Blue Jasmine

Author: Kashmira Sheth

Page Length: 186

Reading Level: 5

Genre: Realistic Fiction     

PLOT SUMMARY: It is very hard for Seema to leave her grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins for America but the twelve-year-old girl moves with her family from India to Iowa City. Upon arriving in the United States, Seema learns that very little is the same in her new home and environment.  The streets, buildings and grocery stores are much larger but she finds fewer people with whom she can communicate.  As she enters school, she compares her life to “chutes and ladders”.  Some days everything goes great, others are pure disasters.  Seema does make friends and adjusts to her new home.  When her grandmother in India becomes ill, she returns to her old home and finds that things are not the same and she has trouble fitting in to both worlds.

REVIEW: This book is filled with great descriptions of India and its beautiful flowers and aromas of food flavors.  Sheth uses metaphors, similes, and idioms to write a great book for teaching examples of figurative language.  The characters are developed with vivid personalities and the setting of both India and Iowa City are well described. 

I think young girls would especially enjoy reading this book that not only describes two different cultures but also confronts the issues middle school girls must go through to “fit in”.

AREAS OF TEACHING: Figurative Language, Setting, Character, and Comparison/Contrast

RELATED BOOKS: The Kite Runner, Born Confused, The Conch Bearer, New Kids in Town

MOVIE, MUSIC, ART CONNECTIONS: The Kite Runner (2007)

RELATED WEBSITES:

www.webenglishteacher.com/childlit-s.html

www.ailf.org/teach/resourceguide2005.pdf

www.tracievaughnzimmer.com/blue jasmine.htm

REVIEWED BY: Shirley Wagner

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