Using magazine photos, create a collage of images that symbolize
important ideas, events, or themes in your book. On the back, explain
what each image symbolizes and how it draws on key material from
the character's experience.
The example shown below is based on
Shabanu by Suzanne Fisher Staples.
||Beauty is in the
eye of the beholder. That beautiful pair of eyes gazing at you
from the top of this page signifies perspective. This book was
written through the eyes of a rambunctious teenager living in
a world quite unlike our own.
The way Shabanu deals with her problems and perceives her feelings
is represented in the diamond because its beauty shines from
the center of a rock like Shabanu. She has so much beauty in
her heart but she saves some of it inside where no one can reach
In the background is a footprint in the sand, showing not only
the terrain that Shabanu lives in in Pakistan, but also the
footprints she has to follow. Her ancestors long ago made these
prints and everyone is forced to follow.
The mouth located in the middle of the collage represents the
fact that Shabanu is not afraid to speak her mind. The sparkly
shirts represent the wedding of Phulan to Murad. All the relatives
of the bride dressed up in beautiful mirrored skirts and shawls.
Blue flowers were placed in clumps at the top of the page because
they show the four experiences that Shabanu endured and also
show that there was a shadow left behind that will always be
with her. The loss of Guluban, the loss of Murad, her betrothal
to an older man, and her final scheme to run away are the experiences
that the roses represent.
Shabanu by Suzanne Fisher Staples
Teacher: Janine King, 6th-8th grades,
Brighton School, Lynnwood, Washington
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