Words with Wings by Nikki GrimesGabby’s world is filled with daydreams. However, what began as an escape from her parents’ arguments has now taken over her life. But with the help of a new teacher, Gabby the dreamer might just become Gabby the writer, and words that carried her away might allow her to soar. Written in vivid, accessible poems, this remarkable verse novel is a celebration of imagination, of friendship, of one girl’s indomitable spirit, and of a teacher’s ability to reach out and change a life.
Nikki Grimes has been awarded a Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award. Words with Wings has been named a 2014 ALSC Notable Childrens Book in the middle readers category.
Juri Batukov as the lawyer Swallow in an production of the opera Peter Grimes. Photo: Pitichinaccio. Plot Fisherman Peter Grimes is put on trial in his village for the mysterious death at sea of his most recent apprentice. He is found not guilty but advised not to take on any more apprentices. Peter Grimes is socially excluded by all his fellow villagers with the exception of the widowed school teacher, Ellen Orford.
Peter Grimes: Crabbe’s Borough & Britten’s Opera
These notes were contributed by members of the GradeSaver community. Crabbe posits an alternative view to the traditional one that rural life is idyllic and free from danger. While admitting that city life has its violence and crime, Crabbe suggests that the beauty offered by unspoiled nature is also a place of failed crops, bad weather and dead wildlife. These influences can potentially kill those who choose to live away from the city. A poem consisting of 24 letters utilized to reveal what life is like in a typical country town, albeit one based on the village of Aldeburgh in this particular case. An insane asylum is the setting for this narrative verse.