Turning Pages

Turning Pages: My Life Story, by Sonia Sotomayor, talks about the advantages of books and how reading can change your life to be more open to the world around you. She has written the story mostly in English and a couple of parts in Spanish, she had decided to use both languages since she “struggled to learn English” while also learning Spanish. It is understandable that languages are difficult to learn, learning a language takes effort, learning two languages takes determination. Sotomayor asks the question: “What was so special about books”? I feel that books allow us a chance to learn more. Books hold knowledge, and I feel that is what makes them special. “Reading was like lighting candles, each book a flame that lit up the world around me.” This line is perfect this it demonstrates how reading more and more books allows you to better understand the world. There are so many things we do not know, we ask out parents since they are wiser but books hold more knowledge, at least more specific knowledge. Meaning that while people may remember experiences the world or they have faced books tell is the facts, they make us questions things about the world as well, that is if we feel like questions a book… This reading try’s to inspire us to read more, to understand more about the world. To use what we have read to think about the world differently and to make connections. “Magic potion. Friend. Boat. Snorkel. Time machine. Launchpad. Lens. Teacher. Life preserver. Mirror. Map. Key” (p. 5). The writer writes like a child sometimes, however, this allows us to relate, as students we lack knowledge about the world, knowledge which can change our thinking towards how the world works. This reading is an inspiration as it seeks to help us grow and build healthy habits by reading.

4 thoughts on “Turning Pages”

  1. Hi Armaan! I like the effort you put into your response, and how you constantly refer back to the piece. I think it is interesting how you think that parents are “wiser.” Occasionally, I think my parents have a lot to learn. There are also questionable people out there that are parents. It is also interesting how you said “as students we lack knowledge about the world.” I think everyone lacks knowledge about the world to some extent. But anyways good job on the response!!

  2. Excellent response Armaan. I like how you gave quotes, and summarized the main points of the short story, but then also backed it up with explanations and your own opinion. I agree that books are key for understanding the world around you.

  3. Great response Armaan! I liked how you provided some examples to support the statements you made. I think in some areas you could have reformatted your punctuation so your sentence is easier to read. There was one place in your response where you wrote “This line is perfect this it demonstrates how reading more and more books allows you to better understand the world.” Did you mean: This line is perfect as it demonstrates how reading more and more books allows you to better understand the world.”? Overall, good job!

  4. Nice response Armaan. I like how you mentioned and responded to “Reading was like lighting candles, each book a flame that lit up the world around me.” I feel the same way with how books can hold specific knowledge and that they help you understand the world better. Another thing you mentioned is that the writer writes like a child, I noticed a similar thing in this story as well, and I completely agree with your response. Great job!

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