Crenshaw

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Title: Purple Pastels

Author: Katherine Applegate

Translator: Anahita Hazrati Kiavandani

Publisher: Orange

Subject: Children’s stories, teen stories

Age category: Adult

Cover: Paperback

Number of pages: 196 p

Language Farsi

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Crenshaw  are the work of Katherine Applegate.

Sometimes there are situations in our lives that require resistance, patience and hope. Relying on family and friends and feeling of solidarity makes it easier to endure difficult days.

The book tells the story of Jackson’s life when his father fell ill and lost his job. His mother works as a waitress in various restaurants, but life is very difficult for them and they are in a bad financial situation, many days they have nothing to eat and Jackson and his little sister try to invent a game by Feel less hungry; But after a while the situation gets worse.

The parents are unable to pay the rent, and Jackson and his sister have to prepare for living in a minivan.
His parents try with optimism and humor not to get them into their own problems; But Jackson, who has lived in a van for some time, is very angry about the situation, as well as his parents, because they do not tell him the truth. So he decides to run away from home.

He writes a letter to them; But before he can escape, his parents find his letter and talk to him. Jackson calms down and his parents promise never to hide the truth from him again and as the first fact he is told that life has many ups and downs but he should never lose hope.

Jackson considers himself a rational and “truth-loving” person, the presence of his imaginary friend “Kernsha”, who is a very big cat, helps him to solve his problems more easily.
The author tries to teach readers, children and adolescents to see the positives in the worst situations, because it makes them more tolerant in the face of adversity. In one part of the book, although the Jackson family is forced to sell some of their furniture due to their poor financial situation, and it seems very upsetting, we read Jackson’s view as follows: “Watching our furniture being sold was not so bad. “I told myself that every dollar we get is good, and all those tools are a handful of useless things, and it was just very good that we were with friends and neighbors.”

Throughout the book, we see the author’s emphasis on “hope.” He recalls “being hopeful” in the language of the characters in the simplest examples and sentences. The author does not deny the existence of problems and tortuous paths in life, however, he considers “hope” a necessity of life, even in the most difficult situations.
Another highlight of the book “Purple Pastels” is friendship. According to the author, good friends make it easier to endure hardships, and our friends do not have to “exist” in reality, but sometimes imaginary friends like “Kernsha”, the cat that Jackson’s mind made, make us feel better. “I thought to myself, what! “A cat is talking to me!” This is not something that happens to everyone on the road. “But the only thing I can remember is how good it is to have a friend who likes purple pastels as much as you do.”

In contrast to the imaginary friend, the author names Jackson’s true friend, “Marisol”; Someone who safely tells the narrator what he is upset about and does not worry about making fun of him or calling him “crazy”: “Then I told him everything about how worried I was and how hungry he was some days. “We slept and how scared I was of the future.”
The author’s image of poverty is simple, beautiful and profound. The fact that the Jackson family is struggling is unmistakable: “I knew what I had to say to him. Robin must hear the truth. We had financial problems, most likely, we had to leave that apartment. We may still have to live in a minivan. “He may have to take pity on all his friends.”

“Crenshaw ” is a story and a narrative of the magic of the presence and existence of those we love and in the worst conditions can make the best memories and moments for us; Real or imaginary friends made by the mind, whose sweet memory always enlightens and calms our hearts.

Excerpt from the book Crenshaw
… I put my hand around his waist and pushed. It was as if I was hugging a lion; he weighed a ton. Kernsha had dipped her paws into a quilt that my older aunt, Trudeau, had found for me as a child. I was disappointed and let go. Kernsha pulled out his paws and said, “Look! I can not go until he helps. I do not know.” Kernsha stared at me with the same green, marbled eyes; he put his paws on my shoulder.

“… How good it is to have a friend who loves Crenshaw  as much as you do! But what if he is an imaginary creature that only you see ?!

“Jackson” is a rational boy and he hates fantasy very much! But one day he realizes that people do not always seek to hear the truth. At the age of seven, he encounters a strange event and for the first time he sees an imaginary friend who is everywhere!
“Jackson is very confused … and this is where it becomes very difficult to understand the border between fantasy and reality …!”

Synopsis of Crenshaw
The family is going through a difficult time after Jackson’s father contracted MS and lost his job. They have nothing to eat most days, and Jackson and his little sister try to make them feel less hungry by inventing a game; But after a while the situation gets worse. The parents are unable to pay the rent, and Jackson and his sister have to prepare for living in a minivan.

His parents try with optimism and humor not to get them into their own problems; But Jackson, who has lived in a van for some time, is very angry about the situation, as well as his parents, because they do not tell him the truth. So he decides to run away from home. He writes a letter to them; But before he escapes, his parents find out his letter and talk to him. Jackson calms down and his parents promise never to hide the truth from him again and as the first fact he is told that life has many ups and downs but he should never lose hope.

There are two ways to face the difficulties of life: optimism and hope or pessimism and despair. In The Story of Purple Pastels, the author shows how the boy’s imagination and the humor and hope of his parents make it easier for them to endure difficult times.
The present illustrated book is a story written in simple language for children. The author has written this story by paying proper attention to the characters and describing their deepest feelings and thoughts. In the story we read: “I love the truth. I have always been like this; The real thing, the two-fourths rules, the fact that, for example, Brussels sprouts smell like socks for three days. “However, I myself have not eaten my socks for three days, so my judgment may not be correct.”
The book Purple Pastels by Katherine Applegate, translated by Anahita Hazrati, has been published in 256 pages by Porteghal Publications.

Catherine Alice Applegate is an American writer and novelist. Catherine Applegate was born on October 19, 1956 in Arbor, Michigan. The works of this child and adolescent author have been praised many times and so far 35 million copies of the books in the Animorphs collection that he wrote with his wife have been published in the world. In 2013, he won the Newberry Medal for writing the unique book Ivan. He currently lives in Irvine, California. The author Ivan’s unique book, winner of the 2013 Newberry Medal, has become one of the most prestigious children’s literature awards and is considered as a classic of children’s literature, which, like the story of “Charlotte Cartoon”, children enjoy reading it in any period. They will win.

In her first novel after winning the Newberry Award, Katherine Applegate has created an unforgettable and magical story about family, friendship and resistance to life’s problems.
Stories play a vital role in children’s development. The books they read and the characters they meet through literature can become their friends.

Jackson and his family are having a hard time. There is no money left to pay the rent and not much food to eat. Parents, Jackson’s younger sister and dog may have to live in their car again. Kernsha is a big, imaginary cat that has come back to life to help Jackson. But can an imaginary friend make sure that everything in a family is not lost? The lovely Katherine Applegate proves to her audience that friends matter in unexpected ways; What real and imaginary friends.

“Crenshaw ” written by “Katherine Applegate” and translated by “Anahita Hazrati” is one of the best-selling books published by Orange for children and teenagers, but reading it for an adult audience is not without grace and beauty.
In Crenshaw , Katherine Applegate tells a magical and wonderful story in praise of love, friendship and family. This is a popular book about a boy who does not like daydreaming but imaginary childhood friendship goes back to his life and helps to solve his problems. In this book, the author shows how the boy’s imagination, story, humor, and hope of his parents make it easier for them to endure difficult times.

Excerpts from the book Crenshaw :
I put my hand around her waist and pushed. It was as if I was hugging a lion; It weighed a ton. Kernsha had dipped her paws into the quilt that my great-aunt, Trudeau, had woven for me as a child. I was disappointed and let go. Kernsha pulled out his paws and said, “Look! I can’t go until I help.” “It’s not my hand.” “So whose hand?” Kernsha stared at me with the same green, marbled eyes; He put his paws on my shoulder. He smelled like soap and mint and said, “You’s Jackson … your hand.”

“The fact is, Jackson. Life is messy and complicated. “It would be great if it was always like this.” He drew an imaginary line that kept going up. “But life is more like that, in fact.” He drew a crooked line that went up and down like the slope of a mountain. “You just have to keep trying”

Sentences from the text of the book Crenshaw
1- “Look, Jackson, life has many ups and downs, it is very complicated. “If life stays this way, it’s very good,” and pointed to a straight line with his hand; “But in the reality of life this way,” he then drew a zigzag line with his hand that went up and down like a mountain; “That’s why you have to work hard and not be disappointed.”

2. In any case, Kernsha was very punctual. Just when it came into my life that I needed. It was a good time to make friends, even imaginary ones!

3- “My mother once told me that financial problems are slowly gripping people. He said it was like catching a cold. “At first he just eats your throat, then he has a headache. Maybe you cough … We may not be homeless overnight, but the situation made me feel that way.”
4. A few hours after the mysterious story of the discovery of purple lozenges, right in the middle of our brazier, Mom gave each of us a bag. He said it is for our souvenirs. We were going to sell a lot of our belongings in the yard on Sunday, except for important things like shoes, mattresses and a few plates. Mom and Dad hoped to make enough money to pay the rent and the water bill by selling them.

5- I put my hand around his waist and pushed. It was as if I was hugging a lion; It weighed a ton. Kernsha had dipped her paws into the quilt that my great-aunt, Trudeau, had woven for me as a child. I was disappointed and let go. Kernsha pulled out his paws and said, “Look! I can’t go until I help.” “It’s not my hand.” “So whose hand?” Kernsha stared at me with the same green, marbled eyes; He put his paws on my shoulder. He smelled of soap and mint and said, “You’s Jackson … your hand.”
6. “The reality is Jackson. Life is messy and complicated. “It would be great if it was always like this.” He drew an imaginary line that kept going up. “But life is more like that, in fact.” He drew a crooked line that went up and down like the slope of a mountain. “You just have to keep trying.”

7- It is good that I do not know everything. Because it makes things more attractive.

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Crenshaw

Author: Katherine Applegate

Sometimes there are situations in our lives that require resistance, patience and hope. Relying on family and friends and feeling of solidarity makes it easier to endure difficult days.
The book tells the story of Jackson’s life when his father fell ill and lost his job. His mother works as a waitress in various restaurants, but life is very difficult for them and they are in a bad financial situation, many days they have nothing to eat and Jackson and his little sister try to invent a game by Feel less hungry; But after a while the situation gets worse.

The parents are unable to pay the rent, and Jackson and his sister have to prepare for living in a minivan.
His parents try with optimism and humor not to get them into their own problems; But Jackson, who has lived in a van for some time, is very angry about the situation, as well as his parents, because they do not tell him the truth. So he decides to run away from home. He writes a letter to them; But before he can escape, his parents find his letter and talk to him. Jackson calms down and his parents promise never to hide the truth from him again and as the first fact he is told that life has many ups and downs but he should never lose hope.

Jackson considers himself a rational and “truth-loving” person, the presence of his imaginary friend “Kernsha”, who is a very big cat, helps him to solve his problems more easily.
The author tries to teach readers, children and adolescents to see the positives in the worst situations, because it makes them more tolerant in the face of adversity. In one part of the book, although the Jackson family is forced to sell some of their furniture due to their poor financial situation, and it seems very upsetting, we read Jackson’s view as follows: “Watching our furniture being sold was not so bad. “I told myself that every dollar we get is good, and all those tools are a handful of useless things, and it was just very good that we were with friends and neighbors.”

Throughout the book, we see the author’s emphasis on “hope.” He recalls “being hopeful” in the language of the characters in the simplest examples and sentences. The author does not deny the existence of problems and tortuous paths in life, however, he considers “hope” a necessity of life, even in the most difficult situations.
Another highlight of the book “Crenshaw ” is friendship. According to the author, good friends make it easier to endure hardships, and our friends do not have to “exist” in reality, but sometimes imaginary friends like “Kernsha”, the cat that Jackson’s mind made, make us feel better. “I thought to myself, what! “A cat is talking to me!” This is not something that happens to everyone on the road. “But the only thing I can remember is how good it is to have a friend who likes purple pastels as much as you do.”

In contrast to the imaginary friend, the author names Jackson’s true friend, “Marisol”; Someone who safely tells the narrator what he is upset about and does not worry about making fun of him or calling him “crazy”: “Then I told him everything about how worried I was and how hungry he was some days. “We slept and how scared I was of the future.”
The author’s image of poverty is simple, beautiful and profound. The fact that the Jackson family is struggling is unmistakable: “I knew what I had to say to him. Robin must hear the truth. We had financial problems, most likely, we had to leave that apartment. We may still have to live in a minivan. “He may have to take pity on all his friends.”

“Crenshaw ” is a story and a narrative of the magic of the presence and existence of those we love and in the worst conditions can make the best memories and moments for us; Real or imaginary friends made by the mind, whose sweet memory always enlightens and calms our hearts.

Excerpt from the book Crenshaw
… I put my hand around his waist and pushed. It was as if I was hugging a lion; he weighed a ton. Kernsha had dipped her paws into a quilt that my older aunt, Trudeau, had found for me as a child. I was disappointed and let go. Kernsha pulled out his paws and said, “Look! I can not go until he helps. I do not know.” Kernsha stared at me with the same green, marbled eyes; he put his paws on my shoulder.

“… How good it is to have a friend who loves purple pastels as much as you do! But what if he is an imaginary creature that only you see ?!

“Jackson” is a rational boy and he hates fantasy very much! But one day he realizes that people do not always seek to hear the truth. At the age of seven, he encounters a strange event and for the first time he sees an imaginary friend who is everywhere!

“Jackson is very confused … and this is where it becomes very difficult to understand the border between fantasy and reality …!”

Synopsis of Crenshaw
The family is going through a difficult time after Jackson’s father contracted MS and lost his job. They have nothing to eat most days, and Jackson and his little sister try to make them feel less hungry by inventing a game; But after a while the situation gets worse. The parents are unable to pay the rent, and Jackson and his sister have to prepare for living in a minivan.

His parents try with optimism and humor not to get them into their own problems; But Jackson, who has lived in a van for some time, is very angry about the situation, as well as his parents, because they do not tell him the truth. So he decides to run away from home.

He writes a letter to them; But before he escapes, his parents find out his letter and talk to him. Jackson calms down and his parents promise never to hide the truth from him again and as the first fact he is told that life has many ups and downs but he should never lose hope.
There are two ways to face the difficulties of life: optimism and hope or pessimism and despair. In The Story of Purple Pastels, the author shows how the boy’s imagination and the humor and hope of his parents make it easier for them to endure difficult times.

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