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Sing Down the Moon - Reflection

Uploaded by Gotskillz on May 05, 2004

While I was reading Sing Down the Moon, memories of disrepute entered my head. When I read how inhumane the English settlers treated Native Americans, a flashback of how African Americans were regarded came to mind. Black slaves were kidnapped from their land and brought to the New World by force; just as the English settlers took several Navajo Indians prisoner to work as slaves. The book brought back memories of cruelty, however, it also brought back recollections from Camp Palomar. The author described the trees, plants, and flowers so vibrantly that it made it seem as though they were actually surrounding me like the time I spent at Camp Palomar.

A Newberry Award was rightly given when it was placed on the book cover of Sing Down the Moon. The suspense and action in each chapter captivates the reader by wonderfully portraying the characters so they seem real. This book conveys the life-style of an Indian girl, introducing emotions that might have actually taken place, while also explaining history. If I were to rate this book on a scale of one to ten my score would be off the charts. Sing Down the Moon is a top-notch book and I would give it and eleven. I would recommend this paperback to anyone searching for an action adventure, with a phenomenal story plot, that recounts the days of our past.

I presume the author of Sing Down the Moon is a person who absorbs everything he hears. Sing Down the Moon is most likely a myth that was passed down from one generation to the next. Maybe Scott O’Dell’s ancestors were Indians that were forced from their land. Perhaps these Indians retold their story to their siblings to make certain their peoples’ difficult tribulations are never forgotten. Scott O’Dell, I believe, is a very sensitive person and that when he heard the troubles the Navajo Indians faced he felt the need to right a book that demonstrated his sentiment.

My first reaction to the manuscript was not the one you might expect. After reading the first few pages, I knew Sing Down the Moon was going to be another lengthy, mind numbing, and an unexciting story about American history. As I read a few more pages, the book began to become more interesting. I could relate to several things Bright Morning, the teenage girl was going through. After a while, I couldn’t...

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Uploaded by:   Gotskillz

Date:   05/05/2004

Category:   Literature

Length:   2 pages (500 words)

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