Character Novel Studies

For the Month of February is the novel,
Life of Pi by Yann Martel.
"Pi Patel, a God-loving boy and the son of a zookeeper, has a fervent love of stories and practices not only his native Hinduism, but also Christianity and Islam. When Pi is sixteen, his family and their zoo animals emigrate from India to North America abroad a Japanese cargo ship. Alas, the ship sinks—and Pi finds himself in a lifeboat, his only companions a hyena, an orangutan, a wounded zebra, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon the tiger has dispatched all but Pi. Can Pi and the tiger find their way to land? Can Pi’s fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they do?"

For the Month of February is the novel,

Life of Pi by Yann Martel.

"Pi Patel, a God-loving boy and the son of a zookeeper, has a fervent love of stories and practices not only his native Hinduism, but also Christianity and Islam. When Pi is sixteen, his family and their zoo animals emigrate from India to North America abroad a Japanese cargo ship. Alas, the ship sinks—and Pi finds himself in a lifeboat, his only companions a hyena, an orangutan, a wounded zebra, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon the tiger has dispatched all but Pi. Can Pi and the tiger find their way to land? Can Pi’s fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they do?"

Here are the last sketches for January.

The left is of Joey at age 10, and the right is of Mary Alice at age 10.

Mary Alice at age seven when she experience her first summer trip with grandma Dowdel. Here is a pencil sketch of Mary Alice at age seven.

Mary Alice at age seven when she experience her first summer trip with grandma Dowdel. Here is a pencil sketch of Mary Alice at age seven.

Here are more quick sketches of Mrs. Dowdel done on the computer.

This month will only have three characters. When school start I start again with the grandkids of Mrs. Dowdel. Hopefully they look a lot better than these came out.

Grandma Dowdel
"She was so big, and the town was so small. She was old too, or so we thought-old as the hills. And tough? She was tough as an old boot, or so we thought. As the years went by, though Mary Alice and I grew up, and though Grandma never changed, we’d seem to see a different woman every summer."

Grandma Dowdel

"She was so big, and the town was so small. She was old too, or so we thought-old as the hills. And tough? She was tough as an old boot, or so we thought. As the years went by, though Mary Alice and I grew up, and though Grandma never changed, we’d seem to see a different woman every summer."

Here is the first novel of the month for January.
A Long Way From Chicago by Richard Peck
" During the Great Depression, Joey and his sister, Mary Alice- two city slickers from Chicago- make their annual summer visit to Grandma Dowdel’s sleepy Illinois town. Soon enough, they find that it’s far from sleepy…and Grandma is far from typical. From seeing their first corpse (and he ins’t resting easy) to helping Grandma trespass, pinch property, catch the sheriff in his underwear, and feed the hungry- all in one day- Joey and Mary Alice have seven summers they’ll never forget!”

Here is the first novel of the month for January.

A Long Way From Chicago by Richard Peck

" During the Great Depression, Joey and his sister, Mary Alice- two city slickers from Chicago- make their annual summer visit to Grandma Dowdel’s sleepy Illinois town. Soon enough, they find that it’s far from sleepy…and Grandma is far from typical. From seeing their first corpse (and he ins’t resting easy) to helping Grandma trespass, pinch property, catch the sheriff in his underwear, and feed the hungry- all in one day- Joey and Mary Alice have seven summers they’ll never forget!”