Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Due Thursday, October 18th (NOT Oct 12th!)

I miss you...and I miss our quirky old Bambert!  So, this week's Reader's Notebook blog is all about our Read Aloud: Bambert's Book of Missing Stories

A great author is really an artist, creating characters and a plot that have DEPTH and are BELIEVABLE.  This does not mean the book has to be realistic.  What I mean by this is that through reading the book, you feel that the characters are real, you grow to know and understand them, and you see them as complex people (just like real people are).  The plot, or sequence of events, is meaningful, complex, interesting, and gets you making predictions.  You believe what is happening, and you want to find out what will happen next!

Your Homework:
Explain to me and your classmates whether or not you think Reinhardt Jung has crafted a book with depth and believability in terms of his characters and/or plot.  The more specific you can be, the better (use examples and evidence from the story itself). 

This assignment is meaty!  I really want you to elaborate, so I'm giving you a lot of time to think and write.  This way, you can also enjoy reading classmates' responses and commenting about them.  Rather than being due this Friday (Oct. 12), you have all the way until next Thursday (Oct. 18) to respond. 

100 comments:

  1. I think the plot is believable because it uses real places in the book, and that could (once in a blue moon) really happen.



    Izzy 4B #15

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  2. I think the plot is believable because the book uses real places in the world and that sending stories around the world in Chinese paper lanterns could (once in a blue moon) really happen.


    Izzy #15 4B

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  3. I think the character is not believable, because he is small and then doesn't eat for days, and sends things out in lanterns and then they come back in perfect condition. I think the plot is unbelievable because this guy who seems to have no source of money sends out stories in delicate paper lanterns and gets them back from foreign countries.

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      Lola #10 4C

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    2. Lola, your reasoning is sound. Yet I must ask the question: do you find that you're getting to know and understand Bambert, how he lives, and how he thinks? Perhaps the author created depth to him that may not be "realistic" but is in fact "believable." For example, if I pose the following question, I am most certain you would not have trouble answering it: How would Bambert react if Mr. Bloom dragged him from his flat and demanded that he walk with him to the public library?

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  4. i think the story is sort of belevable because sombody could be really small but you can't have a oportion were you get you skins streched.and i'm gessing if you sent ten tisse paper ballons out your window ,like 8% of them whould be gone in a hour.and could not make it farther than half a mile (or less) char n #11 4a

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    1. Good points, Char. I'm sad to say that in the past, medicine wasn't as advanced as it is today, and people had some (now crazy-sounding) ideas about how to "fix" people. For example, some diseases were treated by attaching leeches (essentially blood-sucking slugs) to their skin. Blech!

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    2. Char N I have a deferent opinion but that also would be right because there is no control of peoples thoughts.
      Sasha #14 4b

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    3. Yes, Sasha, that's one of the best parts of discussing books...or anything for that matter! The more people discussing something, the more opinions. There is great power in diversity of opinions. Being able to disagree respectfully shows great maturity. :)

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      Ms. E

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  5. I think RJ did a very good job making his story believable although I think he needs to do a better job explaining the shop keeper. I know he's not the main character but he was the second important person to be mentioned in the book!

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    1. I'd love to know who wrote this comment. I hadn't thought about this, but now that you mention it, I would very much like to know Mr. Bloom better. He must be a kind and compassionate man to care for Bambert as he does.

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    2. It was me, Ms. E (hey, that rhymes!).
      Avery Roe #12 4A

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    3. Thanks for telling me, Little Miss A-ve-ry. (That rhymes, too.)

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      Ms. E

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  6. I think he did a great job on the book!!!
    I think it is believable because when i read it I feel like i am really in Bamberts shoes and living his life like he does!! For an example: I can picture him sending his stories and waiting for them to come back and read about the setting and the person who sent it back.
    This book has depth because it really puts detail of what it would be like if I were Bambert living in his house sending stories in his Japanese hot air balloons!
    But one thing I think he should of added is more bout Mr.Bloom, the shop keeper because they never say what he looks like so I have no picture of him in my head!!


    Jessica Schwarz #15 4c

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    1. You read my mind!I totally agree with you!


      Emily #6 4C

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    2. Me too!





      Ali #13 4b

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    3. I would feel terrible if I sent off a story and I was waiting for the reply!

      Georgia #13 4c

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    4. Yeah your'e right but what would happen if you fell down the lift?



      Alyson #17 4C

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    5. I agree, as well. Bambert feels like an old friend. But Mr. Bloom...how I wish to know him better! Perhaps one of you can write the story of Mr. Bloom, eh?

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    6. Also, Alyson, the idea of falling down an elevator shift is going to give me nightmares!

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  7. I think that he did a great job with his book !! I think that he also did a good job with contrasting Realistic Fiction & fantasy. He also made it really easy for the reader to picture every detail the story. Katie 15# 4A

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    1. Agreed, Katie. What is a specific example that you were able to picture in your mind's eye?

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  8. I think it is half real and half not because the paper balloons would have been destroyed but it is possible to be short your whole life.

    Paton Roberts #12 4B

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    1. Paton, you are so logical. Yet, I must ask: regardless of the literal believability, do you feel pulled into the story as we read it? Are you beginning to understand Bambert and how his mind works? Despite the plausibility of sending stories to Moscow in miniature hot air balloons, do you find yourself caring whether or not they make it back? Now THAT is the depth that a good author can craft.

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  9. I think it is half real half not real because, Japanese hot air balloons can not travel to distant countries. And it is real because it is possible to be short for your whole life.

    Sofia Gatti #5 4C

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    1. Sofia, this is exactly what Paton wrote. I'd like to hear your own ideas - you always have important things to say.

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  10. I think that Reinhardt Jung made his story really good by making some parts sound real and some parts fiction because someone could have the idea to send stories across the world in japanese tea lights,but the tea lights probably wouldn't survive and if they did it would be really cool to get a letter back. Also, like some people said before you could be short your entire life.Oh, and I don't think I would like to be Bambert or Mr. Bloom.I would rather get a letter from Bambert instead.
    Georgia #13 4c

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    1. Georgia, I never considered actually "being" Bambert. But now, I must agree with you: I would not want to be him at all. How lonely his life must be without the company of a friend...or even a fish! At least get a fish, Bambert!

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  11. I think Reinhard Jung wrote the story realalisticly even though it was partly fantasy. He really made it seem like it could all happen as it did for Bambert. All of the people mentioned in the book seemed so real, but or course those Japanese paper balloons couldn't fly to foreign countries. I really like how Reinhard Jung made Bambert really get into the stories instead of just like them. I think Bambert's stories do really seem like missing stories. I love how Reinhard describes everything exactly like it would really be. I think we should get to find out a little more about Mr. Bloom. Also, a few more characters could also come into the story so it isn't only about Bambert. Overall, I think the story is really great and I hope to finish it soon

    Ali #13 4b

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    1. I really connect with your statement: "He really made it seem like it could all happen as it did for Bambert." When I read this book for the first time, I almost immediately got sucked into the story, despite the fantastical elements.

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  12. I think he made a great book!! I think the story is half real and half not because the japanese hot air ballons well not survive all the stormy weather.But like other people said you could be short forever.

    Samantha #16 4C

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    1. Me too. But what would happen if the wind blew the japaneese tea light balloon straight into like the ocean or something with water?

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      Alyson #17 4C

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    3. Sam, despite the impossible plot twist with the balloons, do you find yourself captivated by the story? Are you caring about Bambert or where his stories ended up?

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  13. The story Bambert's Book Of Missing Stories does have lots of depth and is believable. The author is being very specific with his objects,characters and places. For example,"The house was pink with grayish spots." When you are reading the story you feel like you're in the book and it's believable but in reality it's a hybrid of fantasy & realistic fiction. The book Bambert's Book Of Missing Stories is a very great depth book. It's not just "A pony is happy." It's a detailed pony like "There was a pony, she was blue and had a pink tale and was happy."

    Sasha#14 4B

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    1. Haha, yes, Sasha. Jung really "shows, not tells" the readers what is happening. Depth in a story makes it easy for us readers to escape into the story. Today I accidentally read aloud to 4A for 25 minutes! We were just too captivated to notice the clock ticking away...

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  14. I think Reinhard Jung wrote a really believable story, but I couldn't believe it because you told us it was fantasy. I really enjoyed how the author was very detailed in every part of the book. For example, when Bambert is very lazy because he has not gotten his letters yet and they tell us every single detail. I also liked how there were little stories in one big book, but still tied together. I really liked how these characters came alive for us and for him. For example, he writes a book about a princess and he starts liking her. When the princess character comes to his house and kisses him, he feels like it was really happening. I really enjoyed how the fantasy part didn't take over the book it was still in a way realistic. In the end (almost end) I really like this book.
    Lucy Wadsworth 4B#17

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    1. the first part, where you say i couldn"t believe it because you ... is so funny!!!

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    2. Eek! I'm sorry if I blew it for you. I often find myself wanting to believe something is true in a book like this...and really, a good author makes the impossible seem possible, right? Despite the implausibility of lanterns floating across the planet, I find myself picturing the story and characters as if they ARE real. And that, Miss Wadsworth, is a good story. I'm GLAD you are bummed about me calling the story "fantasy" - that tells me you've been sucked into the book!

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  15. I think that bamberts book of missing stories is believable for younger kids but not for me because you told us that it was a fantasy book so that means we alreay know that it is a make belive story. Also Rienhard Jung used a lot of deatails and a really good discriptions too. I really enjoyed how Reinhard chose the charactors and the settings, they all go together in one wonderful way!!! tooooodles :]***




    natalia #1 4A

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    1. Natalia, even if you recognize that the genre is "fantasy," are you finding yourself "believing" what's happening? Are you picturing it in your mind? Are you caring about Bambert?

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  16. I think Bamberts Book of Missing Stories is a realistic fiction because if he really did try send his stories they would get damaged or get lost in the sea...
    Rienhard Jung used descriptive words to but in to his story and that makes it feel like your actually in the book.

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    1. Maddie, Jung does use great words. We're going to make a topic word board next week for Bambert's Book of Missing Stories, just as we did for Scholastic News. Maybe we'll all start calling elevators "lifts" and flashlights "torches!" Haha!

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    2. I agree Jung does have a great vocabulary in the Book! It would be so much fun to see all the great big clear and complicated words in the book and list them!

      Mirabelle #4 4A

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    3. Mirabelle, did you look through my plan book??? How did you know that we're doing that this week??? ;) (You must be psychic.) We're making word boards for this book just like we did for Scholastic News.

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  17. OOPPPPPPPPPSSS!!!!! I FORGOT MY NAME.

    MADDIE 4A

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  18. I think that Rienhard Jung wrote a really good book mixing to different genres realistic fiction and fantasy.The fantasy part is sending hot air balloons with stories in them and then having the story come back with a setting but if it was real along the way the wind would sweep the stories in to the sea. I also think that this story is very mystical.Also Rienhard Jung use lots of descriptive and vocabulary words.

    Sterling #7 4C

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    1. "Mystical" is such a great word to describe this book. I had that same feeling upon reading it for the first time. I think that is why I had such weird dreams when I read it in bed this summer.

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      Mirabelle #4 4A

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    3. Mirabelle, go ahead and ask Sterling! :)

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  19. I think Rienhard Jung used great vocabulary. He mixed realistic fiction and fantasy which make a great mix. Its fantasy because if you send a hot air balloon message it would probably have a great chance of it landing in the ocean. Its realistic fiction because some people don't grow and he has a great imagination. Rienhard Jung made this book so amazing that It seems really real.

    Noelle #11 4c

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  20. I think that Reinhardt Jung’s book, Bambert’s Book of Missing Stories is pretty much believable because there could be a short man that was nervous to go out and about in the real world, but that short man that was nervous to go out into the real world probably wouldn’t send Japanese paper hot air balloons out of his window and have them land somewhere with real people in real life, (though it would be nice to try that) because if they’re made out of paper they would probably rip and then float to the ground and no one would find it. I think that the part that makes it most believable is all of the descriptive words and sentences that the author uses in his book. Instead of just saying, “ Bambert was a short person who lived in the top of a house” Reinhardt wrote, “ Bambert is a little man who lives in a quiet, solitary existence in his little attic home”. Even that one sentence tells you a lot about the story and a lot about Bambert. The part that I think feels the most believable is when Bambert is reading his stories I feel like I am the rock talking to the boy, or that I am part of the court for the princess watching her say no to everyone because she thinks that what they show her is not the real truth.

    All in all, I think that this book is wonderful, and I can’t wait to finish it!

    Lucy Stovell #16 4A

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    2. Me too!

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  21. I think that Reinhardt Jung’s book, Bambert’s Book of Missing Stories is almost completely believable because there could be a short man who was nervous to go out and about in the real world. If such a man existed, he probably wouldn’t send paper hot air balloons lit by tea lights out of his window and have them land somewhere with real people in real life (though it would be nice to try that). If the balloons were made out of paper they would probably rip and then float to the ground and no one would find them. If someone were to find them, they would probably think that the balloons were trash and throw them away.

    I think that the part that makes it most believable is all of the descriptive words and sentences that the author uses in his book. Instead of just saying, “ Bambert was a short person who lived in the top of a house” Reinhardt wrote, “ Bambert is a little man who lives in a quiet, solitary existence in his little attic home”. Even that one sentence tells you a lot about the story and a lot about Bambert. The part that I think feels the most believable is when Bambert is reading his stories. When I hear the stories, I feel like I am the rock talking to the boy, or that I am part of the court for the princess watching her say no to everyone because she thinks that what they show her is not the real truth.

    All in all, I think that this book is wonderful, and I can’t wait to finish it!

    Lucy Stovell #16 4A

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  22. Bamberts Book Of Missing Stories has mostly believable characters
    except for the prince who throws out money and the snake charmer and Bambert because I don't believe any man is onlly two feet tall.
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  23. I think that Jung Rienhardt decided to make characters like Bambert because he just wanted to make funny fiction characters and have fun writing stories that Bambert supposedly wrote and problably had a good time writing it.


    Alyson #17 4C

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  24. I do think that the story as a whole is believable but some details are not. For example, Bambert sends out his stories in paper lanterns and in reality they would probably get wet and damaged if they went through a cloud or a storm and would be impossible to read -- especially if they traveled as far as Spain.

    The characters do seem to have depth and complexity. For example, Bambert's life is very complicated. He stopped growing when he was a child and is very small. He does not want to go anywhere because he is afraid people will laugh at him.

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  25. Emma #6 4A
    The charecters semed quite real to me,like how Bambert's body was shaped differntly then an avrag person,but that's what has caused him to be such a great writer.Not nessesarily the actual story was real in my opineon,exept for maby a couple parts.Maby ther is someone out there that is like Bambert.

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  26. I think that the characters could be real but I also feel like other parts of the story are fiction.An example is the letter getting to Ireland because the ballon would have been destroyed by wind and rain before it got there.
    I wonder how Bambert pays for the food that Mr.Bloom sends up because the book never says anything about Bambert having a job


    Paton Roberts #12 4B

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  27. I think that Jung Rienhardt wanted the characters to seem like they were funny and almost real but I know that you can not fly a small ballon to Ireland with a story in it .

    Olivia D #2 4C

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  28. i love the book because the characters are so funny and almost real but i don't think that a hot air ballon can almost fly across the country

    Annie Hockin #9 4A

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  29. A chines oil lamp can not travel half way across the country but I think that they did a great job describing Bambert. The way they described him really helped me picture Bambert in my mind. I also think that they need to do a better job describing Mr.Bloom. I know he is not the main character but he still is a very important person in the story. I would like to know more about Bambert's book, they described it very well but not enough for me, I want to know more!!!

    Evie C. # 4 4c

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  30. Reinhardt Jung makes his characters have depth and makes them believable in lots of ways.

    One of the ways he makes his characters have depth is he uses specific word choices that give his characters emotion, feeling and power.

    One example is when Bambart is waiting for the letters to arrive Reinhardt Jung describes Bambart's feelings as anxious and worried.
    Reinhardt Jung also said that he was so worried that he did not want to eat or drink anything.

    Another one is when the letter arrives Reinhardt Jung says that Bambart trembles and shakes all over with excitement.

    Bambart is very believable because Reinhardt Jung makes him have feelings that any man or women could have.

    Reinhardt Jung made Bambart have out of the box ideas like sending stories that have missing words in a Japanese hot air balloon that is powered by light.

    When I was reading the book I laughed at the idea of sending stories that have missing words in a Japanese hot air balloon that is powered by light. I was sure that it was not going to work out and Reinhardt Jung gave me a pleasant surprise when the first letter arrived at Bambart's apartment.

    Reinhardt Jung made the book funny especially when the princess was going through the men who wanted to marry her. My favorite line in the book was when one of the men who wanted to marry her stepped forwards and said "the key to the truth is fear." The line made me crack up laughing.



    Reinhardt Jung intentionally put parts that made me curious one of which was when the boy in the first story spotted an interesting shape in the water at the beach.

    Another part was when the men who wanted to marry the princess in the second story each stepped forward with a basket or a trunk I was very curious to find out what was in them.

    Reinhardt Jung also put scary parts in Bambart' s book of missing stories one of which was when the last men stepped forward and opened his basket that was full of poisonous snakes. I froze in fear of what might happen next.


    Reinhardt Jung put facts that I did not know about.

    For an example I did not know that elevators were called "lifts" back then.

    Reinhardt Jung put power into his characters by making some have power to rule others.

    For an example the man who owns the store under Bambart brings him food 3 times a day.

    I believe that Reinhardt Jung put depth and made his characters believable.


    Holland #13 4A

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    1. That's a lot of tiny paragraphs Holland

      Mirabelle #4 4A

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    2. You made a lot of excellent points and used great examples!

      Mirabelle#4 4A

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    3. why did you say no?
      Evie C. #1 4c

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    4. who said no?

      Holland #13 4A

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    5. holland it was hard to read with all of the tiny paragraphs! Please don't make as many next time!

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    6. Holland thats a lot of small paragraphs!

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    7. I agree with Mirabelle. Holland, you used excellent evidence from the book to drive home your points.

      I'm not sure who posted the comment about it being hard to read Holland's response, but I'm happy to show all of you how I read and scroll through long essays, newspaper articles, etc. so I don't get lost. Reading a computer screen can be hard to get used to.

      As far as the length and format of Holland's (or anyone's) response, it's no matter. What matters is the quality of thought that you share. So, feel free to write in whatever length and format allow you to best express your ideas!

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  31. It is believable because All the nouns are described clearly and it is easy to picture. fir example: I can picture him drinking wine after he read his story. every word seems to have great meaning and great vocabulary were used so you can understand clearly what the intentions are. Also, settings are all real places like: Paris, Cordoba, Moscaw, and more.
    I believe Jung R. has crafted a great book.
    Eileen #8 4A

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  32. the characters to me are pretty real to me. But the fact that Bambert sends air balloons powered by Japanese tea lights doesn't seem real to me. After all there could be some one like Bambert out there.

    Sadie #2 4B

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  33. The characters seem real to me. But the fact that Bambert sends air balloons powered by Japanese tea lights doesn't seem real to me. After all there might be some one out there like Bambert.


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  34. I think that Bamberts Book Of Missing Storiesqis mostly believable because in qthis world there can possibly there could be a short man that is a writer who is very sad and lonely who was teased when he was young because of his shortnessalso there also could possibly be a princess who is wanting to know something and has all these strange men and princes to try to come and tell her the answer of why she should do something very unusawall and a answer to a answer that she needs to know. But sadly I do not think that there is a prince who throws away money into a crowd and also having japenease paper hot air balloons that can bring books across the world and have it land with someone finding it untouched (as I not wet or not crumpled or anything.)but it would be super cool if you could.

    I think that a really clear and believable part is the descriptive words and the descriptive words and also just the sentences you almost feel like your some kind of character in the book watching everything. For example instead of just saying Bambert was a sad person who lived at the top of a very quiet house Rienbart Jung said Bambert is a short man who lives in a quiet solitary existence attic home. Even just tiny word or sentence can give so much information and and interest in the book.

    Another part That feels really really believable and magical is when The narrator talks about Bamberts little journal of stories and then when Bambert sends the stories and then when Bambert reads the stories there so magical and alive, it feels like your a character or someone that is watching the plot, setting, and how the characters react story.A meaningful part is when each time Mr. Bloom up you just get so exited and over whelmed because Its a meaningful part and a important part because it's part of the title Bamberts Book Of Missing Stories it's a missing story


    Mirabelle #4 4A

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    1. That is a lot of righting and I agree with it
      Evie# 1 4c

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    2. I like your new way of spelling stories.

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    3. I'm not sure who wrote the comment about "spelling stories," but I have to say, if there was a club for people who misspelled words, every single 4th grade student would be in it! Guess what else? So would every 4th grade teacher! :)

      It's interesting to stop and think about WHEN correct spelling is crucial. Think about the purpose and audience of this blog. Do you think this is a venue wherein people should spell without errors? Maybe this is worth a class discussion.

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  35. I think Reinhardt Jung has written a book that is believable. This is because the characters have feelings like regular humans that makes you believe they are real. For example, when Bambert is waiting for his stories to arrive he is very nervous and anxious, just like a real person would be. Also, when the crown-prince feels that the people are mocking him, he gets embarrassed like a real person would.

    These feelings, because they are believable, give the story depth. That means that the magic parts are believable as well. For example, the stories make it all the way around the world without getting caught, breaking or falling into the ocean, even though they are in paper balloons.

    Talia #7 4A

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  36. I think Reinhardt Jung writing is pretty much believable because it uses real places all over the world in the book and all the characters are pretty real but it partly fantasy because he sent tiny hot air balloons around the world to Spain,Russia,France and Italy.

    Sarah #14 4A

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  37. I think Reinhardt Jung’s writing is believable because the story about Bambert seems to be true because somewhere in the world there could be someone named Bambert who has a book of missing stories. I think the story is not believable because if you sent tea lights around the world the percentage of getting it back is 0%.



    Tory 4b #7

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  38. I think he did a preaty awesome job because name one other story were a little man sends a bunch of little storys in little hot air balloons around the world.I also think that he used amazing word choice in both Bambert's stories and the rest of the story.I belive Reinhardt Jung's story is very believable because some parts are realistic and other parts are more fiction.It reminds me of Surilist art.

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  39. i think the charecters seem believable, but the moon telling stories to you and writing the stoies down seems imposible and i don't think you can send japanese flying lanterns across the world. I think the auther wrote it so fantasticly and catchy.that he made his story and charecter very believable.


    Athena #3 4c

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  40. I think Reinhardt Jung did a great job creating a character like Bambert who is so interesting and complex .Bambert is very lonely and very shy and lives by himself in the attic of Mr.Blooms shop.He spend most of the day writing his incredibly creative and clever stories. Bambert is also curious. He wants to Know about the world around him without going into it himself. That's why he sends out his fabulous stories and finds new settings. Not everyone has the ability to do that. Even though it is not realistic to send Japanese tea light lanterns it is a clever idea although today he would probably use the internet. Reinhardt Jung is a brilliant author and I hope to finish the book soon.

    Saffron 4B

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  41. I think Bambert is a very deep character. I think Reinhardt Jung did a good job creating him. However, we still have a lot to learn about him. We don't know why he never published his books instead of putting them in a hot air-balloon? We don't know what he would like to do if he was taller? I thought it was really interesting that he sent his stories out. But, I would want to know what he would do if the stories never came back? I think the plot is interesting. I can't wait to finish this story!

    Paige Lane 4B #8

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  42. I think that Bambert is not that deep. All we know about him is that he is short, has few friends and lives alone. I think he is interesting because of his great stories. But if I met him, I would have lots of questions. I don't think the story is believable because hot air balloons would not travel so far.

    Maya Lane 4C #8

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  43. I think that Reinhardt Jung's writing is very deep because he makes it very believable & Bambert is a very deep & believable character because there could be a man that has struggled with physical disabilities for most of his life but he could a kind heart & a very smart brain. Katie 15# 4A

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  44. also think that if Bambert belives it I do.I also believe all his story's because I read so many fantasy books at home and at school.





    Lucy W

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