Yolen spends a lot of time preparing us for Hannah’s trip to the past. Why was this so important to the plot? What is she trying to teach us with her story?
Explain what Rabbi Boruch means when he says “All children are from the future. I am from the past. And the past tells us what we must do in the future. That is why adults do the teaching and children do the learning.”
Perspective can change how we see things not only with our eyes but also with our minds and hearts. We bring our own thoughts, attitudes and past experiences to our present experiences making our perspective of what is happening unique to us. How does Hannah’s perspectives change as the story unfolds. Give specific details and incidents and tell how her perspective changed.
In chapter 9 as the villagers were being transported in army trucks for “relocation”, Hannah was thinking back to her Holocaust History lessons. Yolen writes “Was knowing- or not knowing-more frightening? She couldn’t decide.”. What do you think? Explain your answer.
If you could spend a day with any character from any book who would it be? Give a brief explanation as to why you’ve picked this character. Would you bring them to your world or enter their book world? Don’t forget to explain your choice. What would you do together?
Each of the following letters is a separate issue or question and should have a separate response. A) Were you surprised by any of the things that happened in Olemaun’s memoire “Fatty Legs”? B) What did you learn about other cultures and/or our own? C) Do you think this is a book that should be read in schools? Should we talk about things from our countries past that we are not proud of, is it non-patriotic? D) Are there any other issues that the story brought up that you would like to talk about? You do not need to respond to every letter. Remember it is important to explain what you think.
We sometimes read a book that we relate to so strongly that we think everyone else should read it. What book would you recommend others read? Remember you need to convince us to read it. You will need to tell us why we should read it.