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Book Title: Kneeknock Rise|
ISBN 13: 9781417793105
The author of the book: Natalie Babbitt
Edition: Turtleback Books
Date of issue: September 1st 2007
Format files: PDF
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Another on the possible read-aloud list that probably won't make the cut for various reasons.
1) I LOVE the name of the mountain, which is the name of the book, it is pretty creative. Local people are frightened of it, so they call it "Knee-knock Rise." The small town at the base is called, also creatively, Instep.
2)I'm just not sure what Babbitt was getting at here. As much as I really don't like to put words into someone else's mouth, I feel there could be several interpretations, which I will share with you. The book explores the timeless theme of belief...and why people believe. I could very possibly be over thinking this, but here are a few ways one might consider the purport of this book.
a) People who believe in God are fools, but they're mostly happy fools. He's not really there, but it gives them pleasure and purpose to believe He is. Conversely, the wise do not believe in Him, but maybe they're not so happy? Religion is the fool's opiate?
b) People are super gullible. Their need for something to believe in is so important that they will not believe anyone who tries to "cure" them of their wrong beliefs. It suits some people's purpose to believe the universe revolves around our planet.
c) People as a mass blindly follow tradition/custom. If it's been done forever, it should keep on being done forever. Even if at least some of them "find out" that there's no meaning in the said tradition/custom, they should keep their mouths shut, nobody cares. For the sake of the economy, or the national morale, or whatever, just keep on doing what's been done. Status quo.
I don't particularly like any of those interpretations. In all of them, the message is that "people" are pretty stupid.
All in all, there was some nice imagery, some nice writing, but it left me feeling unsatisfied. Of course a "believer" who thinks he has, in a sense, unmasked the wizard and found only a grumpy, little man, would naturally feel unsatisfied if they had been a sincere adherent up until that point. I can imagine the confusion and even possible consternation.
I am quite possibly wrong on all counts here, I accept that possibility. It was thought-provoking at any rate.
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Read information about the authorNatalie Babbitt was an American writer and illustrator of children's books. She attended Laurel School for Girls, and then Smith College. She had 3 children and was married to Samuel Fisher Babbitt. She was the grandmother of 3 and lived in Rhode Island.
She was a board member of the National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance a national not-for-profit that actively advocates for literacy, literature, and libraries.
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