Phillip Is Excited When The Germans Invade The Small Island Of Cura Ao War Has Always Been A Game To Him, And He S Eager To Glimpse It Firsthand Until The Freighter He And His Mother Are Traveling To The United States On Is Torpedoed When Phillip Comes To, He Is On A Small Raft In The Middle Of The Sea Besides Stew Cat, His Only Companion Is An Old West Indian, Timothy Phillip Remembers His Mother S Warning About Black People They Are Different, And They Live Differently But By The Time The Castaways Arrive On A Small Island, Phillip S Head Injury Has Made Him Blind And Dependent On Timothy D Ette had to read this book for school and she loved it She asked me if I would also read it.It s a children s book, so it doesn t take long to read I read the whole thing in about two hours.It s easy to see why the book won literary awards and was made into a movie It s a great story, told from the point of view of 12 year old Philip, who gets lost at sea with a black man after the boat he is traveling in with his mother is attacked by Germans Philip loses his sight and is forced to learn how to live on a small island without his sight It s a great story for older kids or adults looking for an adventure to read in an afternoon. The Cay is a book about a boy named Phillip Enright living in the time of a world war II 1942 When German U boats surround the island of Curacao, his mother who is frightened wants to go back to the Netherlands and take her son with her Her husband who has to work was not able to leave, Phillips mother complained and eventually won the argument Phillip and his mother say goodbye to Phillips father and they sail away on a ship The ship becomes shipwrecked and Phillip and his mother get thrown off the boat A black man named Timothy rescues Philip At first Phillip doesn t like Timothy because of what his mother always says about black people, but as they are stranded together for a while he grows onto him and learns about him, and at last starts to like him The main character is Phillip who doesn t want to leave his home, his school, and his father, just because of the fact that his mother is scared something bad might happen to them He is eleven years old and has brown hair and brown eyes Phillip at first is excited about the fact that there is a war going on because he has always heard of them but never seen one He doesn t know what consequences lay ahead and doesn t know why his mother wants them to move somewhere until the war is over He is stubborn at first, but through the book he changes and becomes responsible and obeys commands he is given This book tells us that, people grow up and when the time comes, they understand what may happen, and that s what changes them It s a story of friendship, and trust and faithfulness Timothy didn t have to save Phillip, he could have saved himself and left Phillip to die, but he didn t and that s what counts the most Another example is when Phillip became blind Timothy was Phillips eyes, and again, he didn t have to be if he didn t want to be, but he cared for Phillip and helped him through his times of need I think this novel is interesting because Philip seems like a real boy with real situations, but I didn t think that it was really realistic when, with all the bad things happening at once, Phillip turns blind I know that can happen when you stair at the sun, but you would think that that would just be the worst of luck I think that this would be a worst care scenario and I think that it s almost exaggerating the story a little too much I like the book a lot because even though the plot wasn t so realistic, sometimes people want something like that, once in a while It just happened to be that time when I was craving for imagination, and that s what I got from the book I can be stubborn sometimes and not want to do something that I don t have to do or do something that I m not supposed to do But I change with the help of the people that care for me.I would definitely recommend this book to people who like adventure and creativity. 3.5 I LOVED reading this It had so much depth for a young adult to read I also learned how this island was Nazi targeted It makes me realize how much I don t know or how much they try to hide about history Soon we will all forget there were any world wars at all Set in WWII in the Dutch Island of El Curacao, the American 11yr old originally from Virginia, Phillip tells us what is going on in his world Ultimately, his mom decides to go back to the states for fear of being bombed but then the ship they are aboard gets attacked Phillip eventually ends up stranded with the black man, Timothy, at the Devil s Mouth The rest is so sweet and sad my eyes watered While the book was made in 1969 it made me wonder of the racist tones of the author This book would probably cause anger now but it shows the casualness of the time The story is also based on a true historical fiction story Easy read. I read this book with my students when I was a 5th grade teacher in Virginia four times However, I don t remember enjoying the book as much then as I did this year A 12 year old boy, Phillip, and an old black sailor, Timothy, are stranded on a tiny Caribbean island after their boat is attacked by the Germans near Curacao during World War II Phillip has been blinded as a result of the shipwreck and must rely on Timothy to help him survive on the island.Theodore Taylor effectively illustrates the mature theme of race relationships during a tenuous time in history through Phillip and Timothy s unusual relationship in this book Phillip is less than excited about relying on an old black man for food and shelter but slowly comes to appreciate Timothy as than just a means for survival The reader is drawn into the story by the compelling situation thrust upon the characters and will keep reading to find out if Phillip and Timothy will be rescued.The girls in the Battle of the Books group that I work with had their best discussion regarding this book These 5th graders are the highest performing in their grade level, but I was still astonished to hear the following conclusion pour without prompting from the mouth of one student The reason they made him Phillip blind was to show the theme that the color of somebody s skin really doesn t matter just like true friendship is blind Gotta love those moments as a teacher Two interesting facts about this book are that Theodore Taylor wrote it in only three weeks in 1969 and, appropriately, dedicated it to Martin Luther King Jr.Despite my reluctance to re read this book, it turned out to be one of the best of the 40 books on the Battle list this year A great book for any student old enough and motivated enough to tackle Timothy s island accent the only real challenge of this quick read This is the best book eva It is so sweet I cried my eyes out at the end though This book isamazing It makes you think of so many things It makes you realize what truly is wrong with the world, and how messed up it was before. It was good but in some parts it was sad If you re into stuff like this, you can read the full review.Childhood Reading The Cay by Theodore TaylorOriginal Review, 1981 02 15 I have some sympathy with some people in the sense that it is disappointing to re read a cherished childhood book and have these once unquestioned prejudices jump off the page Quite disconcerting However, when we were ourselves children, it was water off a duck s back We were reading for the story, not the attitudes. Full review here on The Bent Bookworm I wasn t at all sure what to expect going into this I d never heard of the book or the author despite it apparently being a children s classic , but Gary Paulsen didn t we all read Hatchet wrote the introduction so I thought it surely couldn t be too bad I was super skeptical though, on reading the blurb I mean, it s clearly meant to be a demonstration of how we are all PEOPLE above whatever color our skin is, but I was concerned that a book written in 1969 might not be as socially aware as it was thought at the time of publication.It was an entertaining enough little story, if a little slow at times The style is a little dated, and I think modern kids might get bored my husband said it was a slog for him , but an avid reader would breeze through it I m still a little on the fence as far as the representation Timothy, the black man who saves Phillip from the sinking ship, is West Indian and repeatedly described as ugly it does seem that most of his ugliness in Phillip s eyes is due to his age, though whenever Philip has a disagreement with Timothy he blames it on Timothy s race At first he agrees with his mother s statement on black people, They are different and they live differently That s the way it must be Gradually however, he changes his mind as he actually gets to know Timothy and Timothy cares for him week after week It was definitely predictable, but the addition of Stew Cat was sweet and I loved how he and Philip were such good buddies.Timothy s dialogue is ALL written in dialect, something that is not only in my opinion annoying to read but also tends to belittle the character speaking the lines I understand it can and is sometimes only used as a device to help the reader imagine the way a character sounds after all, there are a lot of different accents in the world but it s an older device and has fallen out of favor due to the frequent implication that the person is inferior in some way Also, its use makes it difficult for some of the intended audience to comprehend the dialogue.The dialect issue was probably my biggest one with the book, since by the time the resolution comes Philip has entirely revamped his view of black people and we hope, of anyone else different from him I was also bothered by another aspect of Timothy s story, but can t really discuss it without spoilers, so.I ll just leave it at that.Overall, it was an okay book I think there are much BETTER books on the market now, that would suit the purpose of helping privileged kids see outside of their world, but in 1969 this was probably pretty revolutionary.Blog Twitter Bloglovin Instagram Google
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- 156 pages
- The Cay
- Theodore Taylor
- 09 October 2019 Theodore Taylor