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As one who prefers hunting over sewing, Annie Oakley breaks free from conventional behavior for girls and goes on to develop her talent as a sharpshooter and entertainer.
The fast-moving first-person narration begins during the Civil War, when Annie's father dies and the family is in dire straits. One day Annie shoots a rabbit for food, a great blessing that also distresses her Quaker mother who believes that girls should not shoot. When the financial situation becomes impossible, the family splits up and Annie begins a bleak but tolerable existence in a poorhouse. It's a black day when she is sent to help a farm family, where she is beaten, overworked, and starved. She runs away, returning to her family where she resumes the role of provider, thanks to her hunting skills. The inventive plot moves quickly, with pacing and settings that are cinematic and a great happy ending. Readers won't know if the voice of the real Annie has been captured, but this is a terrific story, with moments—e.g., when the usually careful Annie tells her life story to her future husband, or the description of the quiet of her mind when she aims her gun—that are utterly convincing.
Posted January 21, 2009
It's crazy whay you might think the 1800's is like ! My book report is on a shooting star by sheila soloman klass. The book was set in the 1860's, 70's, and early 80's in the town of north star. Some of the characters in the story were, of coarse, Pheobe anne moses (main character), Jacob moses (Pheobes father), Susan, (mother), Lydia (eldest sister of pheobe), Mary jane (second eldest sister of pheobe), Elizabeth (third eldest sister of pheobe), Sarah Ellen (fourth eldest sister of Pheobe), John (lone brother; younger then Pheobe), and to conclude the youngest list of relatives, baby Hulda (female; youngest relative). Pheobe was born between Sarah Ellen and John. <BR/> Pheobe was born on augest 13, 1860. She always blamed bad luck on the day of the month she was born: 13. One unique thing about pheobe is her family : The're (or at least their mother) quakers; plain peacful folk. Thats why when pheobes father died of freezing cold, she took his arm and hunted game for food, her mother did not approve of this. "it's unladylike and unquakerlike" she would say. after her father died, she married Burlington. Sadly the marrage was short lived because they wer'nt even married a month when he died of amnesia. <BR/> Pheobe never liked her name. She insisted that the Pheobe in Pheobe Anne Moses was removed making just Anne Moses but her mother insited on calling her her birth name. On top of Annes fathers and her mothers second husbands passing, her Second eldest sister, Mary Jane, died. the very thought of no Mary Jane in annes life made her tremble. to top that the family was finanicaly crippled. to assist, anne had to leave north star and go to a poorhouse in greenville to make funding for the family. <BR/> She worked to serve the mentaly unstable, disease ridden and orphaned children. She worked for 50 cents a week and a proper education. She met sally and they became great friends. Only on the downside, she also met emeline sue smathers, a bully. Anne hated the poorhouse. Smathers always bullied her and sally. Thats why, when a man came to the poorhouse, looking for a worker, she ceised the idea for the man claimed he and his wife would send two dollars daily to her mother and give a proper education (exactly what the poorhouse paid).<BR/> She immedilty found out that her idea was fool-hardy for they were slave drivers who lied aboudt the schooling. But she felt she had to stay for the money. Only after two years she couldn't stand it and ran away due to a very fortunate departure of the wolf famliy. She ran to a train and met a couple. They were very nice.<BR/> The couple were rich and they bought Anne onto the train to north star. When she got to north star a nice mail deliver, which happens to be Anne's mother's new husband. At the age of 15, she moves out to Cinncinati. She was considered an adult at the age of 15. While at a shooting range in Cinncinati, She met her future husband as her current opponent in a match she was in (of coarse, she won the match). When she got married, they started doing shows on stage using guns with her husband, who, was'nt a bad marksman himself. Our story ends with a deal that someone makes to anne and her husband. She and he got invited to their first wild west show and she acceptedWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 19, 2005
This was a great book. I read it in my 5th grade teachers classroom (about 3 times). I love how Annie finds a way to helping her family even though it was forbidden.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 7, 2002
"Wow!", was my first word when I read this book. I knew that Annie Oakley was poor and that we fathers both died when she was young. But I didn't know that at one point she was sold as a servant! Or had a learning disabilty! I used this book for a book report, in which you had get a bio. of an inportant womean or a man of the 1800s. Many of them selected Abe Lincoln, Clara Barton, or Laura Ingalls Wilder. But my report was unique in it's own way.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 31, 2001
Posted August 24, 2000
I've always been interested in Annie Oakley and how she accomplished her dreams no matter what people told her. She proved that women...and girls can do anything that men do. This book is funny sad and a great story about Annie Oakley's life. Even though id does skip some parts about her, it was a great story.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.