Looking for Me by Betsy R. Rosenthal
Edith doesn’t know where she fits in a family with eleven other brothers and sisters. She has older siblings and she has younger siblings. There are and equal number of boys and girls. Edith and her siblings hope there won’t be anymore babies. Edith feels as if her family are a big set of nesting dolls.
Edith goes to school. She comes home. Her house is always noisy. It’s always like a party. She likes her two grandmothers, but feels sore at one of them for something she had to do years before. Edith helps to work at her family’s diner. All the siblings work there, except for one, but she gets to do whatever she wants.
Edith is tired at school. Her teacher sees it. She asks Edith about her life and Edith tells her. Edith’s teacher thinks she is smart, smart enough to go to college. From this point on, Edith thinks she can. Her father says she can’t, but her mother and grandmother are going to help her out. Edith figures out that she’s Edith.
What I liked
I don’t usually like books written in verse. This one was alright though. The entire story is told through poems. The poems move from one to the next and tell the overall story of Edith. Edith was actually real. Edith was Betsy’s mother. Betsy talked to her entire family about their life growing up and she ended up writing this.
What I didn’t like
Even though I said it wasn’t bad, I still don’t like the idea that this story was written in verse. I’m not the biggest fan of poetry and while I will read it, it’s not my preferred reading material.
Why would you tell your kid that they can’t go to college? If they can figure out how to go, you encourage them.
I’m glad that Edith found out who she was.
How would your life be different if you had as many brothers and sisters as Edith?
Would you still have gotten to go to school or do the things you did?