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Title: Lois Lowry

Lois Lowry
  • The Importance of Human Connections

Meeting Lowry…
  • Adolescent Literature Interview (click photo)

Early literature impressions…
  • From a young age, Lowry enjoyed literature and
  • On the next slide is the poem she memorized as a
    young girl
  • It moves quickly, but take notice of the length

THANATOPSIS by William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878)
  • To him who in the love of Nature holds
  • Communion with her visible forms, she speaks
  • A various language for his gayer hours
  • She has a voice of gladness, and a smile
  • And eloquence of beauty, and she glides
  • Into his darker musings, with a mild
  • And healing sympathy, that steals away
  • Their sharpness, ere he is aware. When thoughts
  • Of the last bitter hour come like a blight
  • Over thy spirit, and sad images
  • Of the stern agony, and shroud, and pall,
  • And breathless darkness, and the narrow house,
  • Make thee to shudder and grow sick at heart--
  • Go forth, under the open sky, and list
  • To Nature's teachings, while from all around--
  • Earth and her waters, and the depths of air--
  • Comes a still voice--Yet a few days, and thee
  • The all-beholding sun shall see no more
  • In all his course nor yet in the cold ground,

And, lost each human trace, surrendering up
Thine individual being, shalt thou go To mix
for ever with the elements, To be a brother to
the insensible rock, And to the sluggish clod,
which the rude swain Turns with his share, and
treads upon. The oak Shall send his roots
abroad, and pierce thy mould. Yet not to thine
eternal resting-place Shalt thou retire alone,
nor couldst thou wish Couch more magnificent.
Thou shalt lie down With patriarchs of the
infant world--with kings, The powerful of the
earth--the wise, the good, Fair forms, and hoary
seers of ages past, All in one mighty sepulchre.
The hills Rock-ribb'd and ancient as the
sun,--the vales Stretching in pensive quietness
between The venerable woods rivers that move
In majesty, and the complaining brooks
That make the meadows green and, pour'd round
all, Old Ocean's grey and melancholy waste,--
Are but the solemn decorations all Of the great
tomb of man. The golden sun, The planets, all
the infinite host of heaven, Are shining on the
sad abodes of death, Through the still lapse of
ages. All that tread The globe are but a handful
to the tribes That slumber in its bosom.--Take
the wings Of morning, pierce the Barcan
wilderness, Or lose thyself in the continuous
woods Where rolls the Oregon and hears no sound
Save his own dashings--yet the dead are there
And millions in those solitudes, since first
The flight of years began, have laid them down
In their last sleep--the dead reign there alone.
So shalt thou rest and what if thou withdraw
In silence from the living, and no friend Take
note of thy departure? All that breathe Will
share thy destiny. The gay will laugh When thou
art gone, the solemn brood of care Plod on, and
each one as before will chase His favourite
phantom yet all these shall leave Their mirth
and their employments, and shall come And make
their bed with thee. As the long train Of ages
glides away, the sons of men, The youth in
life's green spring, and he who goes In the full
strength of years, matron and maid, The
speechless babe, and the gray-headed man--
Shall one by one be gathered to thy side By
those who in their turn shall follow them.   So
live, that when thy summons comes to join The
innumerable caravan which moves To that
mysterious realm where each shall take His
chamber in the silent halls of death, Thou go
not, like the quarry-slave at night, Scourged by
his dungeon but, sustain'd and soothed By an
unfaltering trust, approach thy grave, Like one
who wraps the drapery of his couch About him,
and lies down to pleasant dreams.
Biographical Information
  • Lois Lowry was born 1937,
  • She was a child in a military family, born in
    Territory of Hawaii. She then moved with her
    family to Pennsylvania, Tokyo, and New York.
  • She originally intended to write for adults, but
    was convinced by her editor to pursue adolescent
  • Lowry never wanted to teach children, she just
    happens to connect with young adult audiences.

Inspiration for Work
  • Lowry has explored many human connections in her
    writing. She uses personal experiences as well
    as historical events for inspiration
  • Her own loss of a sibling in A Summer to Die,
  • Adolescent struggles for the Anastasia Krupnik
  • Holocaust experience for Number the Stars, and
  • Societal Discord inspired The Giver.

A Summer to Die
  • Abstract from the Book
  • Theme
  • Relevance to YA literature/readers
  • A Summer to Die, my first book, was a highly
    fictionalized retelling of the early death of my
    sister, and of the effect of such a loss on a

Adolescent Struggles
  • The series of books that Lowry

Anastasia Series
  • Lowry has published many books chronicling the
    life times of her character Anastasia Krupnik,
    they include
  • Anastasia Krupnik
  • Anastasia Again!
  • Anastasia at Your Service
  • Anastasia, Ask Your Analyst
  • Anastasia on Her Own
  • Anastasia has the Answers
  • Anastasias Chosen Career
  • Anastasia at this Address
  • Anastasia Absolutely

Holocaust Review
  • Dates
  • Key Players
  • Location
  • During the Holocaust two-thirds of Europes
    Jewish population was slaughtered which
    calculates to one-third of the world population
    of Jews. In addition, the Nazis genocide
    exterminated millions of Gypsies (Roma and
    Sinti), Soviets, Polish citizens, Catholics,
    homosexuals, handicapped, alcoholics, political
    and religious dissidents and Jehovah Witnesses.

Holocaust Review
  • There were over 1.5 million children exterminated
    during the Holocaust.
  • Over 5 million Non-Jewish Victims were
    exterminated by the Nazis during the Holocaust. 3
    million of those victims were Poles and
  • Imagine the potential of those lives...

Imagine how many might have been another Albert
Einstein, a Sigmund Freud…
Poetic Perspective…
  • First they came for the Jews and I did not
    speak out because I was not a Jew. Then they
    came for the communists and I did not speak out
    because I was not a communist. Then they came
    for the trade unionists and I did not speak out
    because I was not a trade unionist. Then they
    came for me and by then there was no one left
    to speak out for me.  
  • Rev. Martin Niemoller

Number the Stars
  • Abstract from Book
  • Theme
  • Relevance to YA readers
  • Number the Stars, set in a different culture and
    era, tells the same story that of the role we
    humans play in the lives of our fellow beings.

Social Unrest from 1960s-1990s
  • Changes in values
  • Household construction
  • Major movements

Another perspective on Utopian Living…
  • Not in Utopia -- subterranean fields,--
  • Or some secreted island, Heaven knows where!
  • But in the very world, which is the world
  • Of all of us, -- the place where in the end
  • We find our happiness, or not at all
  • William Wordsworth

The Giver
  • Themes
  • Relevance to YA readers
  • The Giver (and Gathering Blue, and the newest in
    the trilogy Messenger) take place against the
    background of very different cultures and times.
    Though all three are broader in scope than my
    earlier books, they nonetheless speak to the same
    concern the vital need of people to be aware of
    their interdependence, not only with each other,
    but with the world and its environment.

Lowrys Books
Challenged Books
Writing Tips
  • Write about personal events, experiences that
    have shaped you
  • Create your own situations, characters, etc.
  • Read!
  • Write letters

Directions for Daily Writing Assignment
  • Pick a personal experience or historical event to
    focus on for this writing
  • Begin your narrative as if you are writing a
    letter to a friend or grandparent
  • Turn in your work (no less than 2 pages) at the
    end of the hour.

Works Cited
  • My books have varied in content and style. Yet it
    seems that all of them deal, essentially, with
    the same general theme the importance of human
  • http//en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anastasia_Krupnik
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