The Giver, Chapter 2

May 20, 2010 at 12:00 am 15 comments


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Posted by: Lucy Knisley

Book: The Giver, by Lois Lowry

“What your mother said is true as well. There will be changes.”
“Good changes, though,” his mother pointed out. “After my Ceremony of Twelve, I missed my childhood recreation. But when I entered my training for Law and Justice, I found myself with people who shared my interests. I made friends on a new level, friends of all ages.”
“Did you still play at all, after Twelve?” Jonas asked.
“Occasionally,” his mother replied. “But it didn’t seem as important to me.”
“I did,” his father said, laughing. “I still do. Every day at the Nurturing Center, I play bounce-on-the-knee, and peek-a-boo, and hug-the-teddy.” He reached over and stroked Jonas’s neatly trimmed hair. “Fun doesn’t end when you become a Twelve.”
Lily appeared, wearing her nightclothes, in the doorway. She gave an impatient sigh. “This certainly is a very long private conversation,” she said. “And there are certain people waiting for their comfort object.”

(pg. 18)

This follows a long conversation Jonas has with his parents, during which he expresses his apprehension over his imminent “Ceremony of Twelve” (the ritual birthday when The Community chooses and announces each 12-year-old child’s profession). I always liked this scene, because it seems so alien and comfortable at the same time. I was about 12 when I first read this book, and I remember being aghast that your lifelong work would be chosen for you at that age. But the feeling of talking with my parents about my anxieties over the dinner table was so relatable, still somehow in this weird weird world.

The conversation is brought to an end by Jonas’ younger sister, Lily ,who requests her “Comfort Animal.”

…Her father had already gone to the shelf and taken down the stuffed elephant which was kept there. Many of the comfort objects, like Lily’s, were soft, stuffed, imaginary creatures. Jonas’s had been called a bear.

(pg. 18)

CREEEPY! Bears and elephants are imaaaaginary!

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15 Comments Add your own

  • 1. kateintheshade  |  May 20, 2010 at 8:27 am

    LOVE this. Well done, Lucy.

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  • 2. emcguire  |  May 20, 2010 at 8:34 am

    haha, perfect. I love dystopian novels for kids, and the Giver never seemed to get the image treatment it deserves. Very cool :]

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  • 3. Sarah McIntyre  |  May 20, 2010 at 8:52 am

    Great illustrations, Lucy! They made me go find the book and read it for the first time, great stuff.

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  • 4. Kali Ciesemier  |  May 20, 2010 at 9:30 am

    Creepy indeed! I never read the Giver, but these scenes have got me intrigued!

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  • 5. asia  |  May 20, 2010 at 11:49 am

    i was 11 or 12 when i read this book as well, so extra creepiness in this corner!

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  • 6. Jamie  |  May 20, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    This is great. Looking forward to the next installment.

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  • 7. groeneinkt  |  May 21, 2010 at 12:05 am

    Great! I love how ordinary yet eerie you’re making it look. I had never heard of The Giver before, but I certainly want to read it now.

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  • 8. Peter  |  May 25, 2010 at 1:52 am

    Beautiful work!
    Can I request that you file these posts under “The Giver” like the earlier one was? Then I can follow the Giver feed :)

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