Thursday, May 6, 2010


I have just completed a book called Shiloh, by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. This book made me feel sad and happy, I felt sad because of the way Judd treats his dogs, and how Shiloh got hurt by the big German Shepherd. I felt happy when Marty got Shiloh. I have a connection to my life, it didn't really happen to me, but it's happened to a person in my family, the connection is about my three cousins who live in Beijing buying a dog. My cousin Merrie's friend got a dog from a friend of their's, but her sister was alergic to dogs, so they sold it, and my cousins bought the dog from her, all three of them paid for the dog, Jenny and Katherine payed the same amount, but Merrie payed the most, because she really wanted it. So now the dog is Jenny, Katherine and Merrie's, but it's mostly Merrie. And they named the dog Toto. It relates to the book because Marty work very hard for Shiloh, and Merrie used lots of her own money to buy Toto. This is a just right book because, I can understand the whole book, make connections, and I can really understand the characters feelings.

Marty changed a lot, because at first he told lies to everyone, because he wanted to keep Shiloh alive, so he built a pen for him, and he keeps on bringing Shiloh food from dinner, he changed from not lying, to lying, and then back to not lying. He started to lie because he loved Shiloh so much, and really wanted to keep him alive, and he knew that if he told his parents, they would make him give Shiloh back. Another character that changed was Shiloh, the dog of Judd, Judd treated all his dogs very mean and cruel, and Shiloh keeps on running away, Shiloh changed a lot because, at first, he didn't trust Marty at all, Shiloh was even scared to get close to Marty, but then after he got to know Marty more, Shiloh knew that Marty was nice, he is not mean, so he began to trust Marty and love him. Shiloh changed because of Marty, he found out Marty really loved him by what he does to him, and not eating his meals to save it for him.

The problem of the story is, Marty really wanted Shiloh, but then he can't keep it because it's Judd's. The problem was resolved when Marty made a deal with Judd that if he works for him, for 2 weeks, then he can get Shiloh. Marty worked very hard because he really wanted Shiloh, and he will do anything to get him, and after working 2 weeks for Judd, Marty got Shiloh. I want to change the part when Marty's mom offers to buy Shiloh, because it does not make any difference if she said that or not, so I would change that to something more interesting, instead of her mom offering to buy Shiloh. I think the author's message is, that even though you really want to do something for someone really badly, you can't lie, you always have to be honest.

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