The Giver
Lois Lowry

Original Annotation

Imagine a perfect world. What would that look like? No pain? No differences? No rudeness? No feelings? In her book, The Giver, Lois Lowry has created such a world. This world is perfect. Jonas is young boy who lives in this world and has never known anything different. But, when he becomes a Twelve and receives his assignment, he begins to discover the truth about the community where he lives. His pain and frustration drives him and his trainer to find a remedy for this problem. Discover the world behind this Community along with Jonas in a tale you will never forget.

Story Line

How the Book Relates to My Life

Wow. This book stirred up so many emotions in me as I read it (and there are other emotions going on at the same time for other reasons, which added to the emotional attachment). I absolutely loved this book. It helped me to ponder what life would be like if we did not have all of the parts to life that we have. The one that got me the most was that of color. I personally would hate to live in that Community, knowing what I know, because it is impossible to see God in the little things – something I so enjoy. There would be no joy in differences, sunsets, flowers, or food. Everything and everyone would basically be the same. And, all decisions are made for you, thus you are kept safe and free from pain. However, pain is how I grow. Failure is how I grow. If I didn’t have this, I would not be who I am today.

Use in the Classroom

I think that this book would be amazing to use in the classroom, because I would use it to discuss a number of different questions I myself raised while reading it. I think it would force the students to realize that differences are good. It would help them to understand to appreciate the subtle differences, because a world without differences is no world at all. I also think students would be better able to understand their ability to make choices – how much of a privilege it is. When comparing our society to the one in the book, students would understand how much they really have and would hopefully appreciate it more! - AB