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Blueberries for Sal.....

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...and for Kay, and Mara, and Middy, and Jean, and Susan...all women friends who are coming up to Maine this week for a visit.  It is the height of blueberry season and these came from a twenty-minute stint out in the field behind my house.

BlueberriesThe hardest part of blueberry picking is not the picking, but the cleaning afterward...all those teeny twigs and leaves!

But here is the outcome:

Blueberry dessert
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Jes Monday, 29 November 1999

I've taught with The Giver for several years now, typically reserving it for the last book since it's my favorite of the year. This year I read it with a group of advanced ELA students and they too were struck by the color. We had lengthy discussions about what that meant from a biological standpoint, how a film version might interpret that, and more. Interestingly enough, I had them create their own utopias and every single one of them mentioned that their citizens would be allowed to have choice - and color. (One group included so much color that I think it might make their heads spin!). I imagine if I could only see one color for a time I would hope to start with blue.

donn Monday, 29 November 1999

I just finished the Giver triolgy and i loved it. I wish that you would make a fourth one ,though, and I wish that Gabe was mentioned more in the third one. Can't wait to see your movie.

Cassandra Monday, 29 November 1999

What are they other books in the Giver trilogy? I didn't even know there was one - but great!

Jennifer Elliott Monday, 29 November 1999

I am currently reading the "Endings to the Giver" that my students have written, and as always, I am amazed at the wide variety of endings I see. However, one things remains common throughout: they all mention the color, too.
After teaching The Giver for the sixth time this year, I had time on Christmas break to read another book, The Shack. That book, too, focuses completely on color at a certain point in the novel, and I found it especially interesting to read that section while still having The Giver in the back of my head.... I found a striking similarity there-- the connection between colors and feelings and emotions, perhaps even memories.
Isn't it great when we can connect separate novels by different authors that way and, thus, see things a little differently than we would have normally seen them? I love it when that happens!

sara Monday, 29 November 1999

hi thanks for putting this picture up i am from headway school and in this book and ur wecome that we reminded u about the colors

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Helen Saturday, 17 October 2015

Oh, I wanted it to be blueberry season when we visited Maine, but we missed it. Oh, well, it was lupine season and that was just as wonderful. (Miss Rumphius would have been pleased.)

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