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Annie and the Old One by Miska Miles

Annie and the Old One (original 1971; edition 1972)

by Miska Miles, Peter Parnall (Illustrator)

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Title:Annie and the Old One
Authors:Miska Miles
Other authors:Peter Parnall (Illustrator)
Info:Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (1972), Hardcover, 44 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:Newbery Honor Winner, Multicultural, death

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Annie and the Old One by Miska Miles (1971)



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This picture book has great literary value because of how constructed the tension is. The reader feels the pain of Annie as she tries to slow the death of her Grandmother. The reader hopes that Annie succeeds because one may empathize with Annie. Tension keeps a story from being bland and allows the reader to become invested. The mood of the story also adds to the literary value of the book because it allows the readers to feel the created depressing atmosphere of the story. The mood and tension of the story complement one another to make the reader feel more connected to the plot and characters within the story. The dramatic question created by the plot is whether Annie will be able to save her grandmother from death if she keeps the rug from being weaved. Students will understand how Annie feels based off the conversations she has with her other family members.

The book could be utilized in a second-grade classroom because of how each page is written with exquisitely, not without too much challenging vocabulary. In most cases when there is a challenging word, the lines following the vocabulary word in question explain the word’s meaning. This book would be utilized when studying the relationships between family members in both a Native American tribe and in the students’ lives. There are many differences between how Annie’s family lives and how the students most likely live. This book is also an appropriate tool to utilize in a second-grade class because it is family based. Younger students tend to be closer to their families and care more about family relationships than some older students. Since the book is all about family relationships, the text is relatable to what second graders are interested in. The book is a great tool to use when teaching the students about the Native American’s life styles and everyone’s roles within a tribe or family. This book could be used as a group text where the teacher reads the book to the class and the students listen and ask questions since the book is somewhat long.
  jthodesen01 | Apr 2, 2017 |
Annie and the Old One is about a little girl and he love for her grandmother. They would do many things together. One day grandmother informed the family that it would be soon time for her to return to earth when the new rug is taken from the loom. Annie did not like the news so she tried everything to hold back the time of this event taken place.

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This was an interesting read. Reading how the Old One can predict her death and be ready for it has an impact. I also understand where Annie was coming from trying to hold back time to prolong the rug from being completed. It's never easy to accept death.

Extension Ideas:
Have students talk about how they coped with loosing a loved one if any.
Student can write letters to the person they love of choice and express personal feelings they have for them.
  Dr3a | Apr 18, 2016 |
Genre: Multicultural Book
Media: Watercolor
Summary: This book tells a story of a native American girl whose grandmother is going to pass away. But she does not believe that. She does everything she can to stop that. At last, she learns a lesson that she can not change the course of life.
It is a good multicultural book. Not only the children but also the adults should read this book about life.
Use: It is a good book used as a part of critical literacy. First, the protagonist of this book is a native American. Students living in big cities are able to know what does their life look like, which is totally different than their life. Second, by reading the story of Annie's grandmother. Students are able to think about death or what does death mean to them. Teacher also can give them a question that if you were that little, would you do something different or what would you do? ( )
  xye15 | Apr 6, 2016 |
Annie And The Old One is a realistic picture book tells a real story between Annie, her parents and grandmother. Annie is girl has a very close relationship with her grandmother. One day, her grandmother says that once the rug is completed by her daughter, she will return to Mother Nature, which means she will die soon. Annie is afraid and don’t want her grandmother to die, therefore, she misbehaves in school and distract her mother in order to slow down the speed of waving and let her grandmother stay with them.
Media: Pencil drawing
Use: Independent reading in second and third grade. They can learn some native American cultures. I will also let them think about the feeling of lost a loved person. Tell them this is natural things that everyone need to experience it. ( )
  QianqiongWang | Apr 6, 2016 |
Summary: Annie was a little girl who lived in Navajo. Navajo was a desert with endless ripping sand. One day her grandmother announced that she would leave the house when the new rug was finished. Annie didn't want her grandmother to leave so she tried to misbehave in school, let out the goat and destroy the waving machine to stop her mother finishing the rug. Her grandmother found what Annie had done and told her the rule of nature--we were a part of the nature and would always be, like her grandmother, she would always in her heart. Finally, she decided to learn waving and helped her mother finish the rug.
Genre: multicultural book
This book shows the traditions of Navajo and the live of Indian by the illustrations and the story.
Use: 1. role play--students are divided into two group. One group acts the story in Annie's perspective and the other group acts in grandmother's perspective. Students can compare the two stories and see how the different perspectives can change a story.
2. interview--students interview people from other places where are different from their own hometown. Present their findings including the geography description (desert in Navajo), typical things in the culture (waving rug in this book) and the members' status in a family (grandmother, the oldest one , was the most important one in a family in this book).
Media: pen and ink ( )
  Aliceyeol | Apr 3, 2016 |
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Navajo Fiction… In this contemporary story, Annie finds it difficult to accept her grandmother's impending death until the grandmother explains that death is part of the ongoing cycle of life. This poignant message is told in simple language and illustrated with beautiful black-and-white drawings.

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Parnall, PeterIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed

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Annie's Navajo world was good - a world of rippling sand, of high copper-red bluffs in the distance, of the low mesa ner her own snug hogan.
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A Navajo girl unravels a day's weaving on a rug whose completion, she believes, will mean the death of her grandmother.

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