With my partner in class we are reading the book So B. It. This book is by Sarah Weeks, and it is a social issue. In this book the main character Heidi faces many problems. Our teacher gave us these questions to answer about our book.
- Think of one character and a challenge or difficulty she faces.
- How does this affect how this character interacts with the world?
- How does it affect how the character thinks or behaves when she is alone?
Heidi is a twelve year old girl that has a mother who is disabled. The mother cannot do anything for herself. So, I think that in a sort of way Heidi never got the childhood a normal child would have. She and her next door neighbor Bernie are very close. Bernie and Heidi share the responsibility of her mother. The problem with Bernie though is that she had agoraphobia. She can’t go outside so that means that Heidi does all of her shopping and things like that. Another challenge she faces is her mother has a twenty six word vocabulary and she has one word that the mother only knows what it means. That word is soof. It haunts Heidi every night and every day to know whats it means. She keeps bothering her mother to ask her what it means but her mother never answers the question. So, Heidi goes on a journey to find out what soof means.
These problems that she has really effect the way she acts to the world around her. Since her mother is disabled and Bernie has agoraphobia she has always been very caring and understanding of her mother. I think that if I ever had a mother who was like that, I would be nice in front of her but get very frustrated at times. Like I said before she didn’t exactly have the perfect childhood. She was always cleaning up after her mother and doing everything for her. She never got to be a kid. Also, she is a very brave twelve year old. When I said that she is going on a journey to find out what the word soof means I meant that she is going a long away to Liberty, New York. She is going their because she found some pictures of what she thought was her mom at a disabled home in Liberty. She knew that maybe if they had her name in the files, the owner would know her and what the word soof means.
That shows how because of this problem, it made her a very independent person. These difficulties also affect the way her actions are when she is alone. When she is alone she doesn’t get very frustrated or upset because she has learned and taught herself to keep control of her emotions. Except sometimes she does get frustrated. I think that Heidi has the right to get frustrated because most of her life revolves around her mother and her mother’s disability. Heidi never got to do something for just herself. Although, Heidi is a great person and especially daughter to her mother because of her mother’s disability.