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Altered Book Project Party A Photo Essay by Grace Larson

The Honors English 9 classes finished reading ‘The Book Thief’ by Markus Zuzak. Once finished, they were assigned to create a book of their own with different materials, books, and imaginations. After they had finished their books they celebrated by having a party with plenty of snacks, and lots of altered books!

Students celebrating their work...with food!

For the first half of the class all anyone did was eat and talk. Who can look at books when there is delicious food to be eaten?

Happy faces, happy stomachs.

“Sometimes people are beautiful. Not in looks. Not in what they say. Just in what they are.” -Markus Zuzak

Mercy Girls show off their delicious food!

Surprisingly, they did other things than eat. They looked through all of the wonderful books everyone had worked so hard on. In a few of the pictures are a small amount of the books that the students made.

Words, friends, food, and laughter. That’s all you need in life.

“Words have the power to both destroy and heal. When words are both true and kind, they have the power to change our world.” -Buddha

Teachers join in the fun, too!

Pictured above is Ms. Fagerland and Marielle Macdonald. Ms. Fagerland is a student teacher visiting our school for the remainder of the semester. Both her and Mrs. Kessler came up with the Altered book project idea.

Here one can see about half of the books that the students made.

The students took about three weeks to complete these. Once finished many of them were both relieved to be done, but also proud of their work.

It’s crazy how thirteen pages can capture so much creativity.

For this project, the girls were asked to make a thirteen page book. The books had to include a table of contents, self-obituary, reflection of the novel, and some earasure poems. Other than that, the students could use as much creativity as they wanted on this project!

Color being one of the major themes in the novel, the artists made sure to include a lot of it!

“Mere color can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways.” -Oscar Wilde

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