This is the second time I've read this book. Here's my review from the first time:
I will say that I think 1984 was a better book and definitely much more relevant to today than Animal Farm but it's very easy to put this one into historical perspective and incorporate the thinking of the time into the discussion. I also think that it's a much easier book for 8th and 9th graders to get into and have fun with since because it's animals, it's not as dark as it would be otherwise (like 1984). Of course, that's the whole point of his using animals in the first place so that plot device definitely works.
Reading it this second time with Matthew for part of his 9th grade curriculum and while I still agree with my previous review, I have to say that I feel like it's more relevant today than it was when I read it the first time several years ago. My only question is are the pigs becoming more like humans or are the humans becoming more pig-like?
Now I'm reading it with Jon as part of his 9th grade curriculum and I feel like we are going even further in that direction and it's scary as all hell.
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