My Comparison Essay

This is my comparison essay between My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother and Thank You Mr.Falker, by Patricia Polacco.

My Comparison Essay

In life, don’t let people make you feel bad about yourself by their actions. My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother and Thank You Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco, are both similar books. They are very similar in the beginning, middle, and end of the story. Each book has a character/s that make the protagonist (Tricia) feel bad about herself in different ways.

In the beginning of the book My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother Tricia’s brother had said to her, “Bet I can pick more blackberries than you can” That shows how Tricia’s brother was very competitive towards her. To show how determined he really was, it says “We both picked berries for most of the afternoon. Well, he upped and did it! He not only picked more berries than I, he set a record that wasn’t even challenged for the next ten years.” In Thank You Mr. Falker it shows how people made Tricia feel bad about herself because when Tricia was in first grade her classmates had said to her “Tricia, what are you looking at in that book? She would tell them back “I’m reading.” That also shows how all her classmates would really bother her and try to make her feel bad.


In the middle of the story My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother it says “That night I ran straight for the merry-go-round. We must have taken fifty  turns on that carousel. But then my brother got off! I stayed on. I went around and around.” That shows how much Richie made her feel bad so she had that much determination to do that. In Thank You Mr. Falker there was a boy named Eric who bullies Tricia a quote from the story that proves that is “He got all the other kids to wait for her on the playground, or the cafeteria, or even the bathroom and to jump out and call her “Stupid!” or “Ugly!” That really made Trisha doubt herself and made her feel bad about herself.

In the end of the story, My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother, it shows how no one should let another person make them feel bad about themself by their actions. One example from the story is “And I’m four years older than you…Always have been and always will be, he sneered.” That shows how Richie (the older brother) was trying to tease Tricia. My final example from Thank You Mr. Falker is “But one day at recess, Eric followed her to her secret hiding place. “Have you become a mole?” he laughed. And he pulled her out into the hall, and danced around her. “Dumbbell, dumbbell, maggotty old dumbell!” That really made Tricia mad and upset. It shows in both stories how a character/s were always trying to bother the main character.

In conclusion, Tricia learned that in life, you shouldn’t let people make you feel bad about yourself by their actions. In Thank You Mr. Falker Eric at first had an effect on her because he would tease her about that she could not read, but by the end of the story she really could defend herself from him because by then she could read. Also in, My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother Tricia learns how to defend herself.

The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen

The running dream is about a girl named Jessica who got in a tragic bus accident. This accident effected her whole life. She lost a leg. Jessica really loved to run and after she lost a leg she didn’t think that it was even possible. Jessica makes this very hard for herself, harder than it has to be because she is always saying to herself that that was it, she would never be able to run again. All of her friends really support her about this and help her fight through.

Read the book The running dream to find out whether Jessica can run or not.

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Home of the Brave

This year in read aloud my teacher is reading Home of the Brave to us. The book is about a boy named Kek who lived in Africa and most of his family died so he has to come to America. When he comes to America he has to face a lot of challenges. We talk a lot about the book and also ask questions. Here is one of the questions. 

Gol is a cow, but Katherine Applegate (author of Home of The Brave) also uses her as a symbol. How does Gol represent Kek’s past, present, and possibly his future?  

Gol represents Kek’s past because Gol symbolizes home. It symbolizes home for him because he was a herder in his past and working at the farm and being with Gol reminds him of herding. Gol also represents love for Kek because it reminds him of family and he doesn’t have much family. He loved his family and that’s why it reminded him of love. Gol also gives Kek hope. He gives Kek hope about finding his mother.

Gol represents Kek’s present because as I said it reminds him of home. It represents his present because he is going through a tough time right now and needs things to bring back memories.

Gol represents his future because it represents that something will happen. For example his old life will come back not only herding, but his mom.

I got this image from Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group

Eight Keys

I think that one of the mystery’s in the book is that Elise needs to find all seven other keys. That’s not all. The other part of it is that Elise needs to find what’s on the other sides of the doors. I don’t think that Franklin will be involved with this. I think that because the mystery has already started and Franklin hasn’t been told about it yet. What I also think is good is that Elise has a mystery to solve and that will keep her mind off of school. But that is also bad because she won’t get most of her homework done. I can’t wait to see what will happen next.

Eight Keys

Elise is having a hard time in her life. She is just starting middle school and in the first twenty minutes she already gets embarrassed. She get’s embarrassed by having scabs all over her legs, an example from page 9 is, “Oh, gag. I have to share with the Bloody Queen of Scabs” this is what a mean girl in school said when she found out that she has to share a locker with Elise. I think it was really hard for Elise because after the girl said that Franklin came over and said she got all the scabs while playing pretend Knights.


I don’t think that it is fair that Hillary doubts everything about Star Girl. What is also unfair is that, Star Girl never hears about this stuff so she can’t fight back. I think that Star Girl is being rejected by everyone because of how different she is.

I think that Hillary had all the power before but now Star Girl has all the power. Now that Star Girl has all the power, everyone is coming to the school games. I think that Star Girl has a huge impact on everyone.



Book Clubs: Crazy Lady – Jot 2

In the book “Crazy Lady” Vernon (the main character) has become very close with Ronald. For example, he was there when Ronald was trying to say dog. Another example is, Vernon volunteered to do the Special Olympics with Ronald. One other thing is that, Vernon got really angry because Maxine decided to send Ronald to live with his aunt and uncle in North Carolina. I think that Vernon really cares for Ronald.

Book Clubs: Crazy Lady – Jot 1

In the book Crazy Lady, Vernon’s mom had died. It had been really hard for him since then because she was the one who actually made him feel good about himself. Vernon wasn’t very good in school. Even though he barely passed third grade, his mom never blamed him. His mom would make him feel special. When his mom died, the special feeling started to fade away slowly. Since his dad knew how hard it was for him, he would try to be like the mom, kind, and never shouts. But Vernon never thought that it was the same.