IditaREAD Trail Blazer Reports
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Students (and parents) report on observations about books read!  Your reports may be a summary of an interview that your parent does with you. You may want to use the graphic organizers from Houghton Mifflin or Scholastic. Another help is the information at Education Northwest that provides a rubric for evaluating writing.  We're looking forward to hearing about your books. Thanks for joining us on the trail!

To send a report from your reading race trail, please email with the subject line IditaREAD.  Thank you!

The Cat in the Hat ~ Natalie Holland
Our Town ~ Jillian Holland
 Wild ~ Olivia Holland


The Cat in the Hat
by Dr. Seuss

They watch out the window because it is rainy. And Cat in the Hat comes in with Thing 1 and Thing 2 and flies the kite and the fish says, "No, you are not allowed in here when your mother is gone." Nick and Sally says you can't be in here. You are too messy. They made a mess of the house and then fish said, "Your mother is coming and she is not going to be happy!" Then Cat in the Hat came and put Thing 1 and Thing 2 back in their box. And Cat came in with a cleaner machine and cleaned up the house for their mom. ~ Natalie Holland age 5 in IDEA Mat-Su

Our Town
by Thornton Wilder

Our Town is a play written in 3 acts. It tells the story of some of the people that live in the town of Grover's Corners. The story takes place during the early 1900's. Grover's Corners is a small village in New Hampshire.
This was a newer genre for me, it being a play with different characters to read. I found it a bit hard to follow at times with so much dialog between so many different characters. I had to focus on who was saying what and reread some of the sections to remember who had said what before.
There is a lot of dialog between the characters and descriptions of their normal daily life. Everybody seems to know everybody. The first act is introducing all of the characters and how they live their life. We meet the characters Emily and George who appear to be the main characters in the play as they are falling in love and then in Act two preparing for their wedding. Act three is the actual wedding of Emily and George.
This play is a look back in time to people's lives and what everyday life and special events in their lives looked like back in the early 1900's, one hundred fifteen years ago. That is a long time and I can see through this play how different their lives were back then compared to what mine is like.
~ Jillian Holland age 12 from IDEA Mat-Su

by Cheryl Strayed

I could hardly put this book down once I started it. Wild by Cheryl Strayed is a biography about a young woman who has been through many hard times in a short amount of time. She finds herself on a path of self destruction and knows that she needs to do something to stop the spiral.
After seeing a book about the Pacific Crest Trail, a trail that follows the mountains along the Western United States from Mexico to Canada. Cheryl decides that this 4 month hike is just the thing that she needs. She takes 6 months to plan her trip, with many trips to REI for supplies and her guidebook for help planning. She has to mail supply boxes to herself along the way to resupply every 100 or so miles. It is a very involved process, especially for this young woman who has never done any hiking in her life before. But she has a great spirit and doesn't dwell on how hard something is to do, but rather focuses on doing it and finding ways to make it happen.
Along the trail she suffers greatly with just the everyday tasks that she must do, hiking 20 miles a day at the beginning of her journey proves impossible, but by the end she is able to hike it no problem. We see the people that she meets and we find out how this is not something that women do by themselves very often at all. Many friends were made on her journey as she discovers herself and the new life she wants to start when she makes it to Portland.
I really liked how Cheryl described her family life growing up and how her family didn't always have money to buy things or go and do things. They lived paycheck to paycheck with very little left over and in our society where so many families have extra income and expensive toys and electronics for their children I liked how money was presented in this book as not being plentiful. Cheryl only mailed herself $20.00 for each leg of her journey, and she would at times have to decide between a lavish expense of a cheese burger and fries, or saving her money and eating her not so tasty freeze dried dinners. I think that this idea of having to choose between expenditures in our lives is a topic that our society doesn't present to our kids often enough anymore, and seeing how important that concept was to Cheryl in her journey as she was by herself and self reliant is very important.
The real take away for me from this book it to capture the moment. Don't wish that you did something, just do it. Take charge of your life and set out into nature. Cheryl meets a gentleman at the end of her journey and tells him about her trek and he says that he wishes he could do something like that. Cheryl tells him just do it! Don't wait and wish that you had. ~ Trail Report by Olivia Holland, a Region MS parent.

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