The Giver- Chapter 3

June 20, 2010 at 10:35 am 7 comments

Posted by: Lucy Knisley

Book: The Giver, by Lois Lowry

“Oh, look!” Lily squealed in delight. “Isn’t he cute? Look how tiny he is! And he has funny eyes like yours, Jonas!” Jonas glared at her. He didn’t like it that she had mentioned his eyes. He waited for his father to chastise Lily. But Father was busy unstrapping the carrying basket from the back of his bicycle. Jonas walked over to look.
It was the first thing Jonas noticed as he looked at the newchild peering up curiously from the basket. The pale eyes.
Almost every citizen in the community had dark eyes. His parents did, and Lily did, and so did all of his group members and friends.”

(p. 20)

This chapter opens with the arrival of a “newchild,” Gabriel. Jonas’ father is a caregiver to very young children in the community, who reside at a care facility until they are placed with a family at the annual ceremony. Gabriel is a poor sleeper, so he is allowed to be cared for in Jonas’ home in the hopes that it will improve his health. It’s immediately apparent that Jonas and Gabriel have a connection, as illustrated by their similarly unusual eye shading.

Later, Jonas goes on to ruminate on a memory of a strange occurrence during his recreation period…

Jonas had casually picked up an apple from the basket where the snacks were kept, and had thrown it to his friend. Asher had thrown it back, and they had begun a simple game of catch.

There had been nothing special about it; it was an activity that he had performed countless times: throw, catch; throw, catch. It was effortless for Jonas, and even boring, though Asher enjoyed it, and playing catch was a required activity for Asher because it would improve his hand-eye coordination, which was not up to standards.

But suddenly Jonas had noticed, following the path of the apple through the air with his eyes, that the piece of fruit had– well, this was the part that he couldn’t adequately understand– the apple had changed. Just for an instant. It had changed in mid-air, he remembered. Then it was in his hand, and he looked at it carefully, but it was the same apple. Unchanged. The same size and shape: a perfect sphere. The same nondescript shade, about the same shade as his own tunic.


Finally, I can use a little color in these illustrations! And by a little, I mean, the absolute tiniest bit. More to come, though… See you next month!

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Nancy Muller  |  June 27, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    The apple scene is probably the one that I remember picturing most vividly from this book, it’s an image that has stayed with me for years. I am really enjoying your interpretation of life in the community – simple and clean with muted colors. You’ve set a lovely stage for what’s to come.

  • 2. Karma  |  July 19, 2010 at 10:47 am

    I just found this via io9’s link, this is amazing! I love this book so much, and am impressed that you took on a book with so little color in it! Can’t wait to see more–

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  • 5. Meme  |  October 22, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    Thanks and awesome pictures.

  • 6. ggggggggggggmk  |  November 10, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    i love you

  • 7. Cassidy Lozano  |  February 10, 2015 at 10:35 am

    i really enjoyed this scene & this chapter. I also like the book in general.:)


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