Books and Movies Reviews

House on Mango Street

Many people have commented that I am a slow reader. I will admit that I really do take my time when reading, but I think this is time well worth it. A good reader reflects on knowledge that they already know before reading and connect that information with what they are reading. In taking one's time to read a book, one will discover that every story can be quite complex, no matter how short or simple the book may seem. One might notice certain techniques used by the author to entice the reader such as "show not tell", "imagery" and "use of language." There are so many things to discover in a book, so many things that one can connect to or relate with other text, themselves or the world around them.
I made several text connections when reading this book. One such text connection was in the chapter "Hairs." Esperanza talks about the comfort that she takes in her mother. She says "…sweet to put your nose into when she is holding you, holding you and you feel safe, is the warm smell of bread before you bake it, is the smell when she makes room for you on her side of the bed still warm with her skin, and you sleep near her, the rain outside falling and Papa snoring." (pg. 6) I can relate to this really well because ever since I was a little kid I always took comfort in my mother. Whether it be emotionally or physically I always found her very comforting. I especially loved (and still occasionally do) to sleep or stay on her bed, because I always feel warm and secure when I do so, almost like that tingly feeling you get all over.
Another text connection I had with The House on Mango Street was in itsfirst chapter, "The House on Mango Street." Esperanza talks about how she and her family always wanted their own house and how beautiful they wanted it to be. She says "I knew then I had to have a house. A real house. One I could point to. But this isn't it. Th…


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