Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Firework-Maker's Daughter (Thing 2)

We read The Firework-Maker's Daughter by Philip Pullman. It is a book where a firework maker is taking care of his daughter. When the daughter grew up she wanted to be a firework-maker, too, but her dad just laughed. She had made lots of fireworks but not very big ones. Her friend Chulak went over to ask how to make the good fireworks. Then her father told him that he has to go to the mountain to get the sulfur from Rasvani the Fire Fiend. Then Chulak told Lila, but what he didn't know is that she needed to get the emerald water or else she would perish in the flames. Will he get there in time to give it to Lila or is it too late?

I would give this book
. It was exciting, and it had good humor.

Monday, November 19, 2012

The Firework-Maker's Daughter (Thing 1)

We read The Firework-Maker's Daughter by Phillip Pullman. It was about a girl named Lila who, being a firework-maker's daughter, loves to create fireworks. One day, she gets mad at her father, Lalchand, for not telling her the secret to being a true firework-maker, so she gets her friend, Chulak, to trick Lalchand into telling him the secret. Lalchand does, but does not tell him the whole secret. Since Chulak thinks he has the secret, he tells Lila what it is and she sets off immediately on a dangerous journey to Mount Merapi to get some royal sulfur from the Fire-Fiend, Razvani, in exchange for the three gifts. What she doesn't know is that she needs some special water to protect herself from the flames. So Chulak and the talking white elephant, Hamlet, set off after Lila. But will they make it in time?

I would give this book
. It was exciting, had interesting characters, and funny parts. I especially liked the description of all of the fireworks.

The King's Speech (Thing 1)

We watched "The King's Speech." It's about a prince named Bertie, who has a bad stutter. He often has to give speeches and has a hard time. Bertie's wife is always trying to find doctors that will help him get over his stutter, but it never works. One day, she finds an odd speech therapist that she thinks will help him. Bertie tries it and hates it at first, but then he continues to work with him and gets better over time. The movie is all about the friendship between Bertie and the speech therapist, Lionel.

I would rate this movie

. It was sweet, simple, and had funny parts. I love British movies, too, so that made it even better.

"The King's Speech" (Thing 2)

We watched "The King's Speech." The movie is set in England during World War 2. The main character Bertie is the son of a king, but the king is dying and Bertie is scared to become king because he has a speech problem. His brother likes to party and is not going to take care of the people during the war.

I would give this movie:

 because you don't know what is going to happen, it's based on a true story, and also I like stories set in England. I really like the friendship between Bertie and Lionel, his speech therapist.