Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Reading Log #2

Title: Bottle Creek Blues
Author: Sam Hunt
Type: Poem
Personal response:

This poem is about the amount of pollution in a town that is ruining the environment and killing people that live there. Unfortunatly instead of the town doing something about the problem, they protest about the issue but never take any action towards pollution.

I found this poem very interesting because even though Hunt did not state the problem in the poem, he used other words to describe the issue using language tachniques e.g. "". By using a range of language techniques I could get a glimpse of the picture that Hunt was trying to paint.

I think that the town should take action and look after the environment by picking rubbish and cleaning their beaches. By doing this, people can enjoy the sandy beachs instead of the rubbish covering the sand and getting hurt from cracked bottles being washed up from the shore. Another dissapointing news is the pollution in the air that is suffocating the animals like birds, which cause the heavy air to move the toxic gas towards a town that is close by.

Reading Log#5

Title: Kashin’s health issues too much to bear
Author: Vaimoana Tapaleao
Type: Article
Date finished: Tuesday 25th August 2009
Reading response:
This article is about a memorable elephant in the zoo that passed away at the age of 40 yesterday (24th August 2009). Kashin was a very inspiring female elephant who encouraged many young children to save and increase the marketing rate in the ASB banks around New Zealand. The zoo will be closing for the day to respect and remember the memories of Kashin. Even the ASB marketing manager Paul Gleeson could remember the day Kashin flew from Asia to New Zealand, worried about his elephant as the pilot was performing a “crash landing”.

I think that the upsetting news of a well known elephant in New Zealand, will affect many children especially past and present Auckland zoo keepers who have looked after Kashin. I agree with this because as Kashin has been exposed to the public of being an inspiration to young New Zealand children. Elephants have been the star attraction of the Auckland zoo in the past 80 years.

I found this article very interesting because Kashin was a very inspirational elephant, that most children in Auckland visit her and do different activities e.g. riding or walking with her. But now that Kashin is gone, the auckland zoo director has planned to invite a herd of elephants from asia but finding it difficult to find money during the recesion.

Reading Log#1

Personal Response#1
Title: The life and times of Gracie Faltrain
Author: Cath Crowley
Type: Novel
Date finished: 12th January 2009
Personal Response:
This novel is about a teenage girl, Gracie Faltrain who tries to keep in track of her soccer games, school work, exams and her personal life. But as she focuses on her soccer tournament, she loses her interest in school work making it difficult for her to pass her exams, and as she concentrates more on her personal life she starts to lose her focus on her soccer skills. In the end she gets everything sorted out by falling for her soccer team captain, Martin, passing her exams and taking part in the soccer tournament.

While I was reading this novel, I learnt that you can accomplish your goals if you just set your mind towards them. By doing this there are certain subjects that are needed to be balanced to complete your goals. For example in the novel, Gracie had to extend her timetable so that her soccer training and school work had approximately the same amount of time, so she could still focus on her soccer tournament without getting pulled out from her lack of concentration in her school work.

I found this novel very interesting and enjoyable to read because it had other characters opinion on how to resolve problems. For example when Gracie lost her concentration in her games, she was thinking of the guy she liked who was watching her from the crowd. Him watching her made Gracie nervous and fumble over the ball releasing the ball to the opposing team. After the match, her team could not take anymore of her selfishness on the field (not passing the ball to her team), so they wrote their feelings in the novel accusing Gracie of being selfish and thinking that she is the star of the team.