Meow Means Mischief PDF
by Ann Whitehead Nagda
With her parents leaving for the weekend, her grandparents come from India to take care of Rana and her younger sister. Rana finds a cat in her yard and wants to keep her, but needs to convince her parents. This is a story of how she makes friends at her new school, her struggles of sharing in front of class, and the connection she builds with her friends.
Her parents from different cultures is a modern example of many children's parents today. Rana struggles and is shy to share her cultural differences with her classmates. She finds her common interests of taking care of a cat with her classmates and sees that she isn't as different as them.
I really enjoyed this book because the author uses simple, but descriptive word choice to get her point across. The main character Rana writes in her journal and the audience gets to see and understand how the character is feeling throughout the book. I think this book would be a great guide into leading a discussion with the class and may engage students who are from a different country that might be feeling the same way as Rana. I think many students can relate to what Rana felt in her class. I really liked the part when she turned in her journal and her teacher wrote her a personal comment that proved she really cared about her student. The beginning of the book started off by "the wrong grandma is coming to visit tonight," "i'm happy they live far away." These two sentences really got me wondering why the character did not like her grandmother. Then, the story slowly unfolds with the reasons why Rana disliked her grandmother. It was interesting to see the conflicts she was going through and how she states/ writes those emotions in her journal that is a part of the book throughout the story. I think this writing allows the story to be more human and emphasizes the feelings she is having in a better way. Also, the ending was very touching to me because it left an image of how comfortable she acted in class with her classmates now in comparison to the beginning of the book. It can be a poignant ending because it leaves the reader looking back at the whole book and really having a warm and happy feeling.
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