Ms. Bernier’s Twelve Stories

Ms. Bernier’s Twelve Stories and Then Some

  1. The Lorax  –  take care of your space – “unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, things are not going to get better, they’re not”
  2. Yertle the Turtle – remember the little people- “And the turtles, all the turtles are free. Like turtles, and all creatures should be”
  3. Helen Keller – you can do anything with a good teacher “W.A.T.E.R”
  4. A Wrinkle in Time – exploration of self and the universe -“Life, with its rules, its obligations, and its freedoms, is like a sonnet: You’re given the form, but you have to write the sonnet yourself. “
  5. Bridge to Terebithia – fairy tales are closer than you think 
  6. Little House on the Prairie – adventure, family, self-reliance – “You should never be ashamed of work you have done only work that you haven’t.”
  7. Sailing around the Room – the mundane is beautiful
  8. Jane Eyre – “there are things that seem unable to be explained but all will be revealed “
  9. Cat’s Cradle – Religion is a mess, the world is upside down, crazy people are in charge-
    “Tiger got to hunt, bird got to fly;
    Man got to sit and wonder ‘why, why, why?’
    Tiger got to sleep, bird got to land;
    Man got to tell himself he understand.”
  10. Alice in Wonderland – Life as a puzzle, the topsy-turvy nonsensical nature of living (“One pill makes you larger, one pill makes you small”, “Down a rabbit hole”)
  11. The Color Purple – the world is dark, but there are bright spots to be found- “I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.”
  12. The Great Gatsby – Love, dreams , hope
    “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”
  13. Hamlet – Self understanding (“What a piece of work is man”)
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