Ms. Bernier’s Twelve Stories – updated

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  – “You never know ahead of time what something’s really going to be like.”
  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 – “It seems only yesterday I used to believe there was nothing under my skin but light. If you cut me I could shine.
    But now when I fall upon the sidewalks of life, I skin my knees. I bleed.”
  8. To Kill a Mockingbird – people need to be judged on the content of their character -“People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.”
  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. A Prayer for Owen Meany – we all have a little greatness in us – ” ‘DON’T SOUND SO ASHAMED,’ he said. ‘READING IS A GIFT.’
    ‘I learned it from you,’ I told him.
    ‘IT DOESN’T MATTER WHERE YOU LEARNED IT- IT’S A GIFT. IF YOU CARE ABOUT SOMETHING, YOU HAVE TO PROTECT IT. IF YOU’RE LUCKY ENOUGH TO FIND A WAY OF LIFE YOU LOVE, YOU HAVE TO FIND THE COURAGE TO LIVE IT.’” 
  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 – Against all things, there is hope
    “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”
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