"Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors" in reference to literature means how one can see their own selves in a work of literature but also seeing other perspectives along with experiencing it at their best ability from the piece of literature as this concept was described in the YouTube video, "Mirrors, windows, and sliding doors". Recognizing and actively exploring each of these aspects in the books we read help us become better human beings by knowing the different types of lives and perspectives that are out there in the world that we might never encounter or face because it’s across the continent or simply because one does not know about it. Knowing about issues or other views on topics and lives helps one become knowledgeable causing them to make a change or spread the word about so other people can also learn and reflect on it and see what changes they can make within themselves or among their surroundings.
The book Abuela by Arthur Dorros is about a little girl who is riding the bus with her grandmother and she starts to imagine her and her grandmother flying above New York City and just observing things and spending time together. This book offers a mirror, window, and sliding glass door to me because I can see myself in this book because I also have a grandmother who I call abuela as I come from a Hispanic background and I have the same relationship with my grandmother as the main character - we are close, we talk in Spanish, and we like to go out together on adventures. The mirror is my reflection in the character, the window is that I can see her perspective on her adventures with her grandmother in her imagination, but also a sliding door because I get to see what they both see and their thoughts on it / how they feel during it. This book impacted me as a reader by helping me because it reminded me of my grandmother as right now she’s away in her home country, El Salvador, and so it made me not want to take her for granted since I started to reminisce and miss her and made me want to call her and show her some love as those moments are precious when spent with loved ones.
A book called The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig has a summary of how Brian ("the invisible boy") has always been alone as nobody wants / is his friend, nobody plays with him, or even how no one invites him to parties but that changes when a new student arrives, Justin, and Brian tries to make him feel welcome and in return Justin pairs up with him causing him to be pushed in the direction of attention and to his own spotlight where he is no longer the invisible boy. This book offers a mirror, window, and sliding glass door to me as it makes me see myself in this book because I also felt like Brian at one point in my life - invisible and didn’t have any friends to hang out with or pair up with in the early stages of my childhood when I was in school. The mirror occurs when I see myself within the main character, Brian, and how similar I am to him, the windows occur when I can see how Brian feels from an outside point of view and how he is affected by the environment and his classmates, and finally the sliding glass doors come to play when I can feel more of how Brian feels as the pictures throughout show actions that affect the characters towards him which creates sympathy for him from the reader (me) and his struggles. This book impacted me as a human by making me realize that it only takes one person to help someone out and make them feel better as they can end up being friends and so it makes me want to try and help out somebody who seems lonely and needs a friend and make their day.
The picture book of Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson is the story of how a girl named Chloe always turns away from the new girl, Maya, and always says no to her when she tries to play or be friends with her causing her to be alone and at times be made fun of but one day she stops going to school. The teacher gives a lesson on kindness and how it has a ripple effect and how it could change the world which sticks to Chloe as she realizes she missed the opportunity to be kind to Maya as she moved schools therefore the opportunity was lost. This offers me a mirror, window, and sliding glass door because I can see myself in this book because I learned kindness too at a young age like Chloe and wanted to use it on people all the time since I knew it makes a big difference even if it does not seem like it at the beginning. The mirror comes to play when I notice how I knew kindness and the importance of it early on like Chloe did, the window comes from me looking through the perspective of Maya as she becomes the new student who can't make friends for no reason at all yet she still tries regardless, then the sliding glass door plays out when I can feel how both Maya and Chloe felt as one was lonely and sad while the other realized her mistake and learned from it. The book caused an impact on me as reader by helping me realize not to wait and take every opportunity to be kind because you never know when someone will leave or the things they go through because soon enough it’ll become too late to do anything.
Dorros, Arthur. Abuela. Paw Prints, 2009.
Ludwig, Trudy, and Patrice Barton. The Invisible Boy. Alfred A. Knopf, 2013.
“Mirrors, Windows and Sliding Doors.” YouTube, YouTube, www.youtube.com/watch?v=_AAu58SNSyc.
Woodson, Jacqueline, and Earl B Lewis. Each Kindness. CNIB, 2013.
I am Karen HP and a senior in Durham School of the Arts. This blog is for my learning development and new skill experience through out my final year of high school.