Pictures Of Hollis Woods Analysis

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Pictures are worth a thousand words, and Hollis has kept many pictures tucked away in her heart. But now, in Reilly Giff’s Pictures of Hollis Woods, the troubled girl lets them all out. Named after the park she was abandoned in, Hollis embarks on a great journey to find out if there is a place where she will ever belong. Along the way, she meets the people that will become her own makeshift family, and learns to love herself - and let others love her. Books with such great messages and themes, along with a colorful cast of characters, needs to be put on display, so that others can benefit from the story. Luckily, such an opportunity has arisen, and Pembrook Meadows is being gifted a Little Free Library. Pictures of Hollis Woods by Reilly Giff …show more content…
Low self-esteem is a problem that is plaguing elementary school students today. According to an article written by The jnp project, “Self-esteem expert Jack Canfield, of Chicken Soup for the Soul fame, notes that says 80 percent of children entering the first grade scored high on the self-esteem inventory. By the fifth grade only 20 percent of the children were scoring high.” (“Kids: Self-Esteem Statistics.”). In Pictures of Hollis Woods, Hollis learns to accept herself and view herself as worthy of a family. Reading about a girl who struggles with self acceptance, but finds a way to overcome this, will show children they are not alone in their struggles, and help them to conquer their issues. Hollis’s current foster mother, Josie, treats Hollis well, and Hollis feels safe somewhere for the first time when staying with her. Then, Josie’s memories start to deteriorate. Hollis is forced to decide whether she wants to hide this so she can stay with Josie and live a stable life, or get Josie some help so that she can be safe. This is a difficult choice, one no child should have to make, but Hollis made it. She asked Josie’s sister to take care of her foster mother, not knowing what would happen next in her life. These kinds of selfless choices are ones that kids are faced with everyday, on a smaller scale. Learning about how to deal with mental health …show more content…
Not only is it a book that is fun to read, but it is a book that makes reading fun, for those who don’t know how amazing it is yet. There are many stories that people will say that you should read, but this book is one that today’s children need. Linda Sue Park, and award winning author, says that children’s books prepare kids for the harsh realities of the future. They teach them that life isn’t always fair, and that even those who don’t fit in have a place in this world (Park). Hollis Woods has been without a place since the day she was born. It is evident that many children today feel like they don’t fit in. But through her story, through her pictures, we see that if you believe in yourself and let others into your life, you will find where you are meant to

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