My child read "The Giver", but in Middle School. I read it at that time too. It is really an excellent book. It is about Utopia, but when the "Giver" is relating all of history to his successor (a 13 yr old), the point is well made, that this is, in fact, no Utopia. I would highly recommend this book.
I think he should have told the parents in advance. In the article he said he didn't offer his opinion, but let the kids come to their own conclusion. Fourth grade is a little too young for this type of discussion. However, I bet a lot of parents had very interesting conversations around their dinner table with their fourth graders about this book.
posted on 09/25/2002 3:14:00 PM PDT
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