- 出版社: HarperCollins (1989年4月4日)
- 图书馆装订: 96页
- 读者对象: 8 - 12 岁
- 语种： 英语
- ISBN: 0690048300
- 条形码: 9780690048308
- 商品尺寸: 15.2 x 1.2 x 22.9 cm
- 商品重量: 340 g
- ASIN: 0690048300
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Shoeshine Girl (英语)
Clyde Robert Bulla grew up on a farm near King City, Missouri. He is the author of numerous books for children, including What Makes A Shadow?,, illustrated by June Otani. Mr. Bulla was the first winner of the Southern California Council on Children's Literature Award for distinguished contribution to the field. He now lives in Los Angeles, California.
The train stopped at Palmville, and Sarah Ida had a sudden thought. What if she didn’t get off? What if she just rode on to the end of the line? Maybe she could find a place where everything was new and she could start all over again.
But people would ask questions. How old are you? … Only ten and a half? What are you doing here all by yourself? Someone would be sure to find her and bring her back.
Anyway, it was too late. Aunt Claudia had already seen her. Aunt Claudia was at the station, looking through the train window and waving.
Sarah Ida picked up her suitcase.
"Here, little lady, I’ll help you with that," said the porter.
"I can carry it myself," she said, and she dragged it off the train.
Aunt Claudia gave her a kiss that smelled like cough drops. Then they took a taxi. They rode through town, and Aunt Claudia talked. "You’ve grown, but I knew you the minute I saw you. You’ve got your mother’s pretty brown eyes, but you’ve got your father’s jaw. Look – over there. That’s our new supermarket. Things may seem quiet to you here after the city, but I think you’ll like Palmville. It’s getting to be quite a city, too."
Sarah Ida said nothing.
"We’re on Grand Avenue," said Aunt Claudia. "It’s the main street." The taxi turned off the avenue and stopped in front of a square, gray house.
While Aunt Claudia paid the driver, Sarah Ida looked at the house. It was old, with a new coat of paint. It had spidery-looking porches and balconies.
They went inside.
"There’s the telephone," said Aunt Claudia. "Your mother wanted you to call as soon as you got here."
"Why?" asked Sarah Ida.
"So she’d know you got here all right."
"You call her," said Sarah Ida.
"All right." Aunt Claudia went to the telephone. "I’ll dial the number for you."
"Don’t dial it for me," said Sarah Ida. "I’m not going to talk to her."
Aunt Claudia’s mouth opened and closed. Then she said, "It’s been a long trip, and I know you’re tired. Come on upstairs. Shall I help you with your suitcase?"
"No," said Sarah Ida.
They climbed the stairs. Aunt Claudia opened a door. "This is your room."
Sarah Ida looked around the room. It wasn’t bad. She rather liked the rag rugs on the dark wood floor, and she didn’t mind the rocking chair. But the window curtains were fussy. So was the bed cover. And the pictures on the wall were terrible – a fat girl looking at a robin, and a horse with a blue ribbon around its neck.
She waited for Aunt Claudia to ask, "How do you like it?" She was going to answer, "I like plain things."
But Aunt Claudia didn’t ask. "Maybe you want to unpack now," she said. "We can talk later."
"We can talk now if you want to." Sarah Ida sat down on the bed.
Aunt Claudia sat in the rocking chair.
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Sarah always wants money in her pocket; so much so that she is willing to, basically, "rob" a neighbor girl's piggy bank. This desire for money leads her to get an unlikely job as a shoeshine girl, which is something only men and boys did.
The relationship between Sarah Ida and the shoeshine stand owner, Al, is a great learning experience for her that's full of emotion, which tugs at the heart of the reader. Because of Al, she turns from a ME person to someone who thinks of others.
Bulla has written in the most simple language a very dramatic story. The reading level is rated at grade 2.2, but it is far from a dumbed-down book. Almost every chapter ends in a cliffhanger.
This is definitely a great beginning chapter book as well as a spell-binding read-aloud. It takes about one hour to read, but each of the short ten chapters are only a 5-plus minute read.
Realistic Fiction; grades 3-8
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