Saturday, January 29, 2011

Student Saturday: Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey

Pages:  176
Genre:  Middle Grade Fantasy

My student reviewer today is Andy.  This is his excellent review.

This book is about the lives of people who lived in a dragon era.  They survived off the fruits of the land and fishing was their livelihood.  Music was much appreciated by them.  It was thought their harpers were never to be females only males.  Menolly was gifted musically.  She sang, played and taught.  When the well-known Harper Petiron died, Menolly was at a loss.  He allowed her to play and write because of her parent's respect they did not stop him.  However, upon his death she could not continue to do so, only secretly.  Menolly has contact with dragons and ends up protecting their eggs until she is discovered by Master Harper Robinson.

The connection I made with this book is that in past years women were prohibited from doing many things but it is not allowed to happen on such a big scale today.  If I were Menolly I would have tried to make it know to the proper people to allow me to play.  I would recommend this book to people who are fans of dragons and to anyone who likes to write and play music.  It may enable them to advance their life.  My over all opinion of this book is that it is like a roller coaster.  It has exciting moments and dull moments.  It did not meet my expectations because when I looked at the name I envisioned more dragon activity and excitement.  In this book,  Menolly in my opinion appeared to be a very talented female.  Her love for writing and playing music was phenomenal.  Yet she was prohibited by her parents and others from playing because she was female.  In my opinion this was very sexist and therefore wrong.  I am glad she was discovered in the end by the Master Harper Robinson.  That was the perfect ending for this bok.

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