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Judge a book by the cover: Streams of Babel by Carol Plum-Ucci

It's ok. We all do it. We all pick up a book and without reading a single word we judge it. We decide almost immediately whether or not it's worth our time. Recently I asked the Youth Advisory Council to take a look at several books and judge them by their covers. Here's what they had to say about Streams of Babel.

(The book cover so you can judge for yourself.)

Here are some of the answers I received:

Do you want to read this book? no
Is this book about a boy or a girl? Boy
Use three words to describe wwhat you think this book is about: 
    1. Fire
    2. Buildings
    3. Danger
Write a sentence describing the cover:   The cover is weird.

 

Do you want to read this book? Yes
Is this book about a boy or a girl? Boy
Use three words to describe wwhat you think this book is about: 
    1. City
    2. pollution
    3. Babel = Metaphor
Write a sentence describing the cover:   A river thing in red and black.

 

After reading the book, this is what I would say about it: 

Do you want to read this book? Yes
Is this book about a boy or a girl? Both!
Use three words to describe wwhat you think this book is about: 
    1. Terrorists
    2. Jersey Shore
    3. Kids getting poisoned
Write a sentence describing the cover:   The cover doesn't really make sense with the story.

So, feel free to judge books by their covers, but it's usually worth it to at least read the blurb on the cover!  You might just find something fantastic hidden inside.

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