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The Giver (Illustrated; Gift Edition)


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Abandoned by their ill-humored parents to the care of an odious nanny, Tim, the twins, Barnaby A and Barnaby B, and their sister, Jane, attempt to fulfill their roles as good oldfashioned children. Following the models set in lauded tales from A Christmas Carol to Mary Poppins, the four Willoughbys hope to attain their proscribed happy ending too, or at least a satisfyingly maudlin one. However, it is an unquestionably ruthless act that sets in motion the transformations that lead to their salvation and to happy endings for not only the four children, but their nanny, an abandoned baby, a candy magnate, and his long-lost son too. Replete with a tongue-in-cheek glossary and bibliography, this hilarious and decidedly old-fashioned parody pays playful homage to classic works of childrenand#8217;s literature.

"The tone of this darkly dry pastiche is consistently witty, and it's chock-full of accessible parodic references to...classic children's texts...Lowry crafts a tidy plot."--The Bulletin,starred review

Lois Lowry is known for her versatility and invention as a writer. She was born in Hawaii and grew up in New York, Pennsylvania, and Japan. After several years at Brown University, she turned to her family and to writing. She is the author of more than thirty books for young adults, including the popular Anastasia Krupnik series. She has received countless honors, among them the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award, the California Young Readerand#8217;s Medal, and the Mark Twain Award. She received Newbery Medals for two of her novels, NUMBER THE STARS and THE GIVER. Her first novel, A SUMMER TO DIE, was awarded the International Reading Associationand#8217;s Childrenand#8217;s Book Award. Ms. Lowry now divides her time between Cambridge and an 1840s farmhouse in Maine. To learn more about Lois Lowry, see her website at
Nanny and the Willoughbys were out for a walk.

This was something that old-fashioned families did from time to time, to expose themselves to invigorating fresh air. Nanny had donned her blue cape, which was the official uniform for nannies.

and#147;Walk briskly, children,and#8221; said Nanny, and#147;and swing your arms.and#8221; They did so.

and#147;Skip, if you like,and#8221; Nanny said. and#147;Skipping is very healthful.and#8221; and#147;What is skipping?and#8221; Jane asked.

and#147;Yes, what is skipping?and#8221; asked the twins.

and#147;Itand#8217;s like this, dolts,and#8221;Tim told them, and he skipped ahead of them to demonstrate.

and#147;No more saying of the word dolt,and#8221; Nanny announced.and#147;I dislike it.and#8221; and#147;What about dodo?and#8221; Jane asked.

and#147;Well, letand#8217;s allow dodo for now,and#8221; Nanny said after thinking it over. and#147;If someone does something really stupid, it is permissible to call that person a dodo.

and#147;And,and#8221; she added, looking at Tim, who had returned, and#147;if you think that was skipping, you are a dodo.This is skipping.and#8221; She demonstrated, skipping to the corner of the block with her cape flying behind her. She turned and beckoned to the children, and each of them skipped toward her one by one. Nanny gave some further instructionsand#151;a little more left foot,Tim; no timidity, go flat out, A; good job, much better than before, B; and a pat on the back for Jane, who stumbled and skinned her knee but was heroically not crying.

Now, having walked for several blocks and skipped for the last one, the children found that they were on a familiar street.They had not been back to this street since the day they had trudged here hauling a wagon containing a basket with a baby in it. Tim nudged Barnaby A and nodded meaningfully toward the mansion that loomed ahead. Both of the twins gave nervous glances but then looked away and concentrated on remarks about the quality of the asphalt in the street and a particularly odd-shaped cloud in the sky. Jane fell silent and had a sad look. She had liked the baby, actually, though when its hair was cropped she had found it homely. From time to time she had missed it and wondered about it.

Nanny skipped ahead, not noticing that a hush had fallen upon the children.

and#147;The windows are repaired,and#8221; Barnaby B pointed out in a whisper.

and#147;And the cat has been fed,and#8221; his twin noticed. and#147;It was thin before, but now itand#8217;s pudgy.and#8221; and#147;Someone has mowed the lawn,and#8221;Tim observed.

and#147;Shhhh,and#8221; said Jane suddenly. and#147;I hear a giggle.and#8221; They stood still, the four of them, and after a moment Nanny returned. She had skipped the entire length of the block, assuming the children were behind her. Now she came back to see why they had stopped. and#147;The important thing in terms of fresh-air intake,and#8221; Nanny said to them, and#147;is continuity!

If you stop, you lose your continuity.Why ever are you standing about like dodos? You are breathing stagnant air.and#8221;

Product Details

Lowry, Lois
Houghton Mifflin
Thomas, Middy
Feiffer, Jules
Ibatoulline, Bagram
Lowry, Lois
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Family - Parents
Readers - Chapter Books
General Juvenile Fiction
Boys / Men
Humorous Stories
Historical - Holocaust
Family - Siblings
Girls & Women
Situations / General
Animals - General
Holidays & Festivals - Thanksgiving
Animals - Dogs
Bedtime & Dreams
Fairy Tales & Folklore - Single Title
Edition Description:
Giver Quartet
Series Volume:
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
from 7
12 Full-color illustrations
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 12

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Product details 208 pages Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) - English 9780547424774 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , In Lois Lowryand#8217;s Newbery Medaland#8211;winning classic, twelve-year-old Jonas lives in a seemingly ideal world. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver does he begin to understand the dark secrets behind his fragile community.
"Synopsis" by ,
Mrs. Pidgeon has been reading Aesopand#8217;s fables to her second grade class. Whatand#8217;s a fable? Well, itand#8217;s a story that has animals as characters, and it teaches you something important, and . . . Once again it is Gooney Bird Greene who knows how to turn lessons into fun. She has an idea. A fabulous idea! What if each child creates his or her own fable, and tells it to the class? One by one Mrs. Pidgeonand#8217;s students create costumes and stories and morals and excitement. Everyone except Nicholas. What on earth is making Nicholas so unhappy? Leave it to Gooney Bird, of course, to help him solve his problem . . . in a truly fabulous way.
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"I would like to introduce you to this book. It has no plot. It is about moments, memories, fragments, falsehoods, and fantasies. It is about things that happened, which caused other things to happen, so that eventually stories emerged." Children as well as adults often ask Lois Lowry where the ideas for her stories came from. In this fascinating, moving autobiography, the Newbery Medalist answers this and many other questions. Her writing often transports readers into her own world. She explores her rich history through family pictures, memories, and recollections of childhood friends. She details pivotal moments that affected her life, inspired her writing, and that magically evolved into rich and wonderful stories that one is reluctant to put down. Lowry fans, and anyone interested in the writing process, will tremendously enjoy this poignant trip through a remarkable writer's past.
"Synopsis" by , The Giver, the 1994 Newbery Medal winner, has become one of the most influential novels of our time. The haunting story centers on twelve-year-old Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community. Lois Lowry has written three companion novels to The Giver, including Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son.
"Synopsis" by , A Newbery Medal-winning classic is reinvented in a gift edition format with illustrations from the acclaimed artist Bagram Ibatoulline.

Since winning the Newbery Medal in 1994, Lois Lowrys The Giver has become one of the most influential novels of our time. This illustrated edition, a celebration of the books standard of excellence and of Lowrys illustrious writing, makes a perfect gift. The text is complemented by thirteen new illustrations from the acclaimed artist Bagram Ibatoulline. Also included are an introduction by the author and her inspiring Newbery Medal acceptance speech. The additional content and gift packaging now make it easier than ever to introduce young readers to this riveting modern classic, and provide a fresh edition for its legions of fans.

   The story centers on twelve-year-old Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal world. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver does he begin to understand the dark secrets behind his fragile community.

   The Giver is the first in a quartet of books that includes Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son.

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