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Small Wonder, Summaries

Small Wonder, Summaries

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Summaries of each chapter of the book Small wonder
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Published by: sagarchester on May 23, 2009
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Sagar SoodIB English A1 Yr. 1Small Wonder – Kingsolver Due: 5th March, 09
1.Small Wonde
In the first very first essay of Kingsolver, she starts by talking about how one’s fear canactually save someone by overcoming their fears. She also adds how countries waste their money by making people buy things rather than directly helping them. She later on alsotalks about the worst enemy of human, anger. She believes that even though one tries its best to destroy it, it actually becomes stronger.
2.Knowing Our Place
In this piece of Kingsolvers work, the author tries to show the relationship andimportance between humans and nature. She tries to say that the beautiful nature helps insoothing one’s mind. She also adds that today humans are directly surviving on natureand will always be.
3.A Fist in the Eye of God
This essay is basically based on genetic engineering. As she talks about it, she alsomentions Charles Darwin and his theories. She believes that most people don’tunderstand the true and deep meaning of his theory of evolution. Later on she shows her appreciation and fascination about nature and how it works. She also mentions NikolaiVavilov, a great explorer who travelled around the world looking for answers in genetics.
4.Lily’s Chicken
In ‘Lily’s Chicken’, Kingsolver tells a delightful story about her five year olddaughter’s relationship with a rooster. She tries to explain how her daughter grows andhow it affects her thinking and her actions. In this essay she focuses more on theconnection between humans and the environment.
5.The One Eyed Monster and Why I don’t Let Him In
In this essay, Kingsolver talks about how the Television (to which she calls theone eyed monster) has negative affects on humans. She personifies the television andsays that it tries to take the spot of the newspaper. She says that TV creates a loss incontentment. But at the same time she enjoys keeping a VCR in her house.6.
A Letter to my Daughter at Thirteen
In this essay, Kingsolver is writing a letter to her daughter where she describes about therelationship between a mother and a child. She starts off by talking about how motherskeep an eye on their children and she describes her teenage life to het daughter. She later on talks about how she takes care of her daughter as she also talks about being careful inhigh school and the dangers of sexually transmitted diseases.
7.A Letter To My Mother 
This essay can be considered as a sequel to “A Letter to My Daughter at Thirteen”. In thisessay, Kingsolver starts off by saying how different letters are from other communicationsystems. She greatly emphasizes on the importance of letters as an important way of communication as she explains a lot of her feelings in letters, feelings that cannot beexpressed in other ways. She also adds that writing letters tend to open one’s mind.

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