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The color purple

i have never seen the movie, but i have the book upstairs. my 11yo tried to read it, but she couldn't get past the first few pages.
instead of reading it, she started marking the errors that were on the pages she did read!

ever heard of someone doing that?


Asked by noel1978 at 9:12 PM on May. 20, 2013 in Tweens (9-12)

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  • You should explain to her that the writing and grammar in books is not always correct. Since English wasn't my first language, I didn't understand this in school and assumed that textbooks were grammatically correct or they wouldn't get published. They never explained there was a difference between British spelling and American English spelling, so I was very confused about that growing up. But then, it wasn't until college that teacher FINALLY explained that they remove some punctuation, like commas, in printed media to reduce the number of pages and printing costs. So, the rules she's being taught is for academic writing but not published writing.

    Answer by hellokittykat at 1:26 AM on May. 21, 2013

  • They arent errors
    They are colloquialisms


    Answer by feralxat at 9:18 PM on May. 20, 2013

  • Don't let her read that book. She's way too young.

    Answer by Ginger0104 at 10:57 PM on May. 20, 2013

  • And you may want to Wiki it:
    Incest, spousal abuse, rape and lesbianism are just a few topics covered

    Answer by feralxat at 9:28 PM on May. 20, 2013

  • I read that when I was a Freshman in college. I can't imagine 11 year olds reading it.

    Answer by JulieJacobKyle at 10:44 PM on May. 20, 2013

  • That's REALLY not getting into the spirit of the book.

    Answer by SWasson at 9:13 PM on May. 20, 2013

  • I catch myself doing it all the time, but it's because I proofread for a living. It would strike me as odd for a kid to do it while reading a book, unless she doesn't understand that the story is written with the use of local dialect.

    Answer by Ballad at 10:44 PM on May. 20, 2013

  • Maybe she is not ready to read it yet.

    Answer by virginiamama71 at 9:20 PM on May. 20, 2013

  • Sounds like she's very literal-minded! Tell her to wait a few years for that book. But you can certainly explain the literary device at work, and maybe let her read "Flowers for Algernon" instead for a less explosive ue of the same literary device.

    Answer by gdiamante at 11:23 PM on May. 20, 2013

  • *use not ue!

    Answer by gdiamante at 11:23 PM on May. 20, 2013