The Giver is a wonderful book. It’s a must read for kids and parents alike.
I remember when it was part of the curriculum for our 5th grade class (at least I think it was 5th grade?).
A few years ago, The Giver was adapted into a movie and it really does the book justice.
What intrigues me most about the story is how it approaches history and its affect on community.
A world without color, without memory of the past, is unfathomable to me.
A world without deep feelings and emotions sounds like a great idea, but it strips us of what it means to be human.
These are not easy topics for a young adult fiction book to tackle!
Lois Lowry’s ability as an author to talk about tough, complex issues in a way that kids can understand amazes me.
To watch Jonas, filled with the hopeful optimism of youth, bring history back to his world was an exciting journey to see on screen–just as much as it was to read!
I highly recommend the book and the movie. Just be prepared afterwards to think about the world and your part in it.
I walked away with the same sense of awe after reading the book as I did when I watched the movie.