Post by LadyDruscilla on Sept 15, 2017 13:45:01 GMT -5
I don't think Claudia is stupid, even if it turned out she needed to catch up with 7th grade work to do well in 8th grade..as the book established she was smart but it's just that she hated school too much to bother to do better than a C in her non-favorite subjects..not all who do good in school love it..I wasn't always the best student in school so in a way I could relate (although I was a pretty good speller)..I feel her parents could have just said about her dislike to just do her best so she wouldn't have to go back and repeat..and to be disappointed because she got an 81%..they should be encouraging her to keep it up as that is progress. And as I said before I think her bad spelling became over-exaggerated in later books. I know of bad spellers IRL who spelled better. As a kid I liked reading some of her hair style and outfit descriptions. The one thing that did bug me was when she became explosive for no good reason.
I think it's interesting that in Genius of Elm Street Claudia mentioned that she did like the books The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and, aside from its length, Oliver Twist, those aren't super-advanced (the latter may be for 7th grade) but they are far from contemporary or particularly, you would think, "approachable," appreciated by reluctant readers. She just thought that in reading just for fun she should read books that are easy like Nancy Drew rather than challenging (she's challenged enough by required school reading), she might have had a different approach to reading more if her teachers and parents had had different influences.