Parents need to know that Nancy Farmer's Newbery Honor book The Ear, the Eye and the Arm is a fantasy adventure set in Zimbabwe in Meanwhile, the beleaguered general hires the Ear, the Eye and the Arm, three decidedly odd detectives who take advantage of their hyperdeveloped senses. The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm has ratings and reviews. Marielle said: I enjoyed this book, but it had story is about a group of.
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Another strong point was the nuanced depiction of Resthaven, the seemingly idyllic throwback to premodern Africa hidden in the heart of the city -- Farmer deftly demonstrates to young readers that it is foolish to I really appreciated that the fact that this SF novel was set in Zimbabwe and actually incorporated myths and the ear the eye and the arm from Zimbabwean culture into the story -- very few SF novels take place in non-Western settings and feature non-white protagonists, almost no teen SF novels do this.
Another strong point was the nuanced depiction of Resthaven, the seemingly idyllic throwback to premodern Africa hidden in the heart of the city -- Farmer the ear the eye and the arm demonstrates to young readers that it is foolish to romanticize the pre-modern past in the bush as an escape from the "evils" of modern urbanity.
The novel is set in Zimbabwe in the year Combining elements of science fiction and African culture, the book depicts the struggle of a notorious general's three children to escape from their kidnappers in the crime-infested capital of Zimbabwe.
Plot[ edit ] In the yearin Zimbabwe, the Chief of Security, General Matsika, leads a battle against the gangs which terrorize the nation.
His three children, Tendai, Rita, and Kuda are kept in a fortified mansion to ensure their security. Seeking adventure to earn the Scout Badge, they escape the house with the help of the Mellower, a praise singer employed by their parents.
The madcap game of chase and escape clips along as the author plies her playful, sly sense of humor on a wonderfully silly cast of secondary characters, spirits and Jetsonian gadgets.
This tale overflows with wise insights, lessons and observations about the ties between heritage and family. The parents' guide to what's in this book.
Educational Value Readers will learn something about Zimbabwean culture, including about the immigrants who live there. Younger readers might need some help sorting out what's real from what's made up.
Positive Messages There's a message about what it takes to have true courage. Readers will be challenged to think about the different moral choices the characters make -- from the She Elephant, who kidnaps children but also takes care of her people, to the Mellower, who can't stand up to his mother when it really counts -- the ear the eye and the arm think about what drives their choices and how harshly those characters should be judged in the end.
He proves his sensitivity is actually an asset.
Rita is mouthy and negative at times but not afraid to stand up for what's right.