Around the World in Eighty Days – Book Report E6 – L110

Around the World in Eighty Days

By Jules Verne
In the book Around the World in Eighty Days, by Jules Verne, Phileas Fogg takes on a huge bet on 20,000 pounds sterling that he can go around the world in 80 days or less.  In the process of this undertaking, he encounters many obstacles, overcomes them, meets many characters, and finally wins the bet.
During a political club meeting in London, Phileas Fogg acquires a bet over 20,000 pounds to go around the world in 80 days or less, all the while Fix tracking Fogg, thinking him a London Bank robber. In the beginning of the book, he is bathing and his servant is put out of his job since he did not get the temperature of the shaving water the perfect temperature, and Passepartout is hired instead.  Once he hired Passepartout he went to club and acquired the bet.  After arriving home he did some research and got boat times and then planned ahead.  Once he had his bags packed he simply got to the boat to leave.  Starting in London, he had just agreed to go to Bombay, next to Calcutta, Hong Kong, Yokohama, San Francisco, and New York, then finally back to London in less than eighty days. This was a terrible feat as the fastest transportation was slow in front of today’s vehicles.  In the process, many hurdles are erected by Fix and the world around them, all rising out of nowhere to loom in front of them, and the moment you think, “they won’t make it this time,” they are climbing the hurdles, whatever the costs.
While on the journey, he encountered many hurdles in the way of his goal, and he could overcome all of them.  At this point in the journey, he and his little band rescue Aouda, a young Indian woman, from a bunch of Indian priests who were about to sacrifice her.   The others tried to save her, but it was Passepartout, the faithful valet, who saved her by impersonating as her dead husband that she was about to be burned with.  Even with a new crew member on board, Fix kept trying to throw some dodgeballs at them, trying to arrest them, kill them, sink them, whatever he could do, thinking that Fogg was creating a robber band.  Once Fogg got that Fix could throw all the hurdles he could and they would leap all of them, Fix eventually started to help, and was a great help. As Fix started helping them, they progressed faster than ever before by train, zipping across the countryside before one could see anything.  While on the way to NYC, they came across a very flimsy bridge that was about to fall.  They went for the risky approach and had the conductor literally leap the bridge with the train.  After that, traveling went smooth, other than a nice little Indian raid, and the rescue of Passepartout from the Indians, and then the rush to London was extremely important.
When he arrived home, he won the bet by a sliver of time, and also acquired happiness in the form of marriage.  When he arrived home, he thought that he had lost the bet, went to his house, and then Aouda asked him if he wanted to marry her.  When he replied yes, he sent Passepartout to the Reverend, where Passepartout found that it was day eighty, and that they had not lost the bet.  Therefore, Passepartout went off at his fastest for Fogg’s house, practically dragging Fogg to the meeting site, and Fogg appeared at exactly the time required.  As he had won the bet, he did not need to do anything except put it in a bank account, go home, and have some leisure time with Aouda.  All in all, he found Happiness, Wealth, and Fortune on this excruciating trip Around the World in Eighty Days.
Although I like the book, I do not recommend watching the movie spin-offs because the spin-offs stink at matching the book.  I liked the book because it is always action-packed, alive, and it always makes me want to just keep reading.  I recommend this book to young children that seek adventure and thrill, as this book is packed with action and adventure, and can really leave you hanging, thinking, “what happens next?”, so young children can have fun with the adventure, and learn about some foreign countries’ beliefs, religions, and customs.

Report on The Bronze Bow – English Lesson 70

The book The Bronze Bow is a fast-paced novel set In Israel when Rome had total control over everybody. The book is about the main character, Daniel’s, story during this period. Daniel is a Jew that wants to rebel against Rome and spits at every roman he sees, like when he spat at a roman soldier because the soldier made him get water for him. Otherwise he is very well behaved and is always only slightly grumpy about the Roman control. The Bronze Bow immerses you into the life of Daniel, and it is very easy to imagine that you’re there. It was written during the September of 1997 and won the 1997 Newberry Award for Children’s Literature for it. I very much recommend this book for its amount of accurate information to Aden, Mom, and Dad.

English lesson #7- My First Book Report!!!!

Taking place around the 1930’s, in the English countryside, the three children in The Railway Children, by Edith Nesbit, try to cope with suddenly becoming very poor. As they worked at the transition from rich to poor, they had many scrapes with the railway, a couple of tough spots that they didn’t know what to do, and taught me a couple things. Now I will look at the things that showed that they were very poor.

This book may be called The Railway Children, but it is really how the children in the story cope with being poor. They couldn’t have both butter and jam, they could only have one or the other because they had a bad income. They did not have enough for buns and tea most of the time. The children could not get jobs, and couldn’t find odd jobs to do. Mother became ill, and they had to beg because of a low income. They had no crop to feed themselves with because it was too cold to grow some crops. They did not have all the servants to do household tasks for them; they had to do it themselves. In all, they did not have very much money, and could barely pay for the house and the financial crush they were under was huge.

Peter, Roberta and Phyllis each showed their courage. Roberta showed bravery when she accidentally jumped a train, trying to fix Peter’s busted toy engine. Roberta again showed her courage in the tunnel staying in the manhole in the tunnel with Jim. Peter showed his bravery when he ran into the burning barge to save a baby dog from being cooked alive. Peter also was not scared when Phyllis said to go up to the box office to get help. Phyllis braved the darkness of the railway tunnel. Phyllis also was not scared of trouble with the tunnel incident. All three had to be cautious about trains passing by in the dark tunnel. They all had a lot of bravery to do those things that were frightening.

I also learned a couple things, as well as liking others. I learned that the children sometimes called their mom mum, mummy, or mammy. Also, the British use sayings like “you’re a brick” differently than Americans do. I liked the part where Peter calls the stationmaster a brick right near the pile of coal bricks. Oh, the irony of it! My favorite quote is Roberta saying, “What useful things flannel petticoats are! The inventor of them ought to have a statue directed to him!” I learned some new retorts for arguments. I learned that this takes place during the Great Depression, at around the 1930’s, which is around the time the car was invented. There were many things that I was not aware of before reading the book.

They had many of the scrapes with the railway, I found out a major character trait about them, and I looked at the things that I learned from the book. I think that this book is an excellent children’s book, and the end is very dramatic. This book is a good one for children as they will learn things about the english culture.