Voices in the Park

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We have spent a great deal of time looking at Anthony Browne’s book Voices in the Park this week. Our biggest learning was about point of view and perspective. We saw how one event can look so different to each individual. We learned that it is important to think of another’s perspective in order to better understand their actions and thinking. As a concluding activity I would like us to answer at least one or as many of the questions below to get you to express your opinion and ideas in writing.

 

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1. Whose point of view is missing from this book? What would their point of view be like for this event in the park? Use information from the text and your own ideas to support your thinking.

2. Explain why the perspectives of the four characters is so different for this event. What may be behind the different points of view? Use information from the text and your own ideas to support your thinking.

3. Which character are you most like and why? Use examples from the text and your own ideas to support your thinking.

4. How do the illustrations help show the point of view of each character? Use examples from the text and your own ideas to support your thinking.

5. What do you think is the symbolism or meaning of all the hats in Charles’s voice? Why are all the clouds, a tree, and the lamp posts all shaped like his mother’s hat? Use information from the text and your own ideas to support your thinking.

65 thoughts on “Voices in the Park

    Kraft Dinner said:
    December 7, 2012 at 11:05 am

    I think the symbolism in Charles voice about the hats is that maybe Charles thinks that his mother is so mean and rude that he cant forget about her and maybe whenever she goes outside she wears that hat, so Charles would think she is obsessed with it.

      Mr. Purdon responded:
      December 7, 2012 at 11:10 am

      Which means????? You haven’t finished explaining in my mind.

    Kraft Dinner said:
    December 7, 2012 at 11:07 am

    I think the illustrations in the text help explain a point of view by showing what the character saw for example Smudge saw the day as a good day and a nice summer day, but her dad saw it as a gloomy winter day and we would have not known that if there were no pictures.

      Mr. Purdon responded:
      December 7, 2012 at 11:09 am

      A suggestion Adam is that you use a period or two and expand your thinking. You haven’t given me the “so what?”!

    Thomas said:
    December 7, 2012 at 11:10 am

    I think the illistrations help show the point of view because Smudges voice takes place in summer. That means that she was having fun because when we listed different attributes, one of them was active. Also, Charles voice takes place in a sort of gloomy, dark setting, and it seems like he is always sad, unless something cheers him up.

      Mr. Purdon responded:
      December 7, 2012 at 11:12 am

      So by having illustrations that go with the storyline and “voice” of the character………

      You haven’t explained how they help the reader or add to the book.

    Shaynah said:
    December 7, 2012 at 11:10 am

    I guess you can say I’m more like Smudge. I’m not gloomy like the dad, I’m not mean like the mom, And I definitly am not sad and don’t like my mom like how Charles does. But I am a tomboy like Smudge, I’m active, friendly, energetic, funny, and playful. and all those things explain Smudges personality. Well guess what? All of those atributes I just named are all the things that Smudge and I have in common. I’m sure all of you guys know that those things are all I am too. I’m nothing like Charles, the mom, or the dad.

      Mr. Purdon responded:
      December 7, 2012 at 11:14 am

      You forgot to give me examples from the text that shows Smudge to be like you.

        Shaynah said:
        December 7, 2012 at 11:27 am

        Sorry!

      Ethan :D said:
      December 7, 2012 at 11:16 am

      Mr. Purdon is right.

    Kraft Dinner said:
    December 7, 2012 at 11:11 am

    I think I am most like Smudge because wee have so many attributes alike for example she is quite curious and so am I because when there was a crime on my street not long ago I was itching to know what happended, so I went down to where it did happen and asked the police, and they said there was a stabbing and then I knew I could relax cause I knew what happened.

      Mr. Purdon responded:
      December 7, 2012 at 11:13 am

      Period anyone?

        Ethan :D said:
        December 7, 2012 at 11:18 am

        Yeah.

      Andrew said:
      December 7, 2012 at 11:24 am

      how could you relax if there was a murder on your street?

    Alexis said:
    December 7, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Which character I think I’m mostly like?
    I think that I would be more like smudge. I think this because in the book smudge is almost always happy. I’m like that too. I also think this because she cares about everyone and trys to cheer them up when they are sad. Like in the book then she was cheering her dads up on the way home. That is what I think me and smudge have in common.

      Mr. Purdon responded:
      December 7, 2012 at 11:13 am

      Good examples to back up your thinking!

        Alexis said:
        December 7, 2012 at 11:28 am

        YEAH!!!!=)

    Thomas said:
    December 7, 2012 at 11:12 am

    I think Im most like Smudge because Smudge is active and I am active. I am active because I go out side a lot and I play and run around, keeping my body in shape. I also think Im like Smudge because Smudge laughable and Im laughable. Like when people do something funny, I will probably be laughing.

      Mr. Purdon responded:
      December 7, 2012 at 11:15 am

      You forgot examples from the text that show you are alike!

      Thomas said:
      December 7, 2012 at 11:18 am

      Ok then. I am also alike with Smudge because I am happy most of the time and in text, Smudge is happy when she met Charles.

    Ethan :D said:
    December 7, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Which character am I mostly like? I think I’m like Charles, because I’m sort of shy, I just follow people, sometimes do the same thing like the person does and I don’t really talk to new people that much and in the book Voices In The Park, Charles didn’t really talk to Smudge that much and then Charles started to get used to Smudge and when I meet someone new, I start to get used to them.

      Mr. Purdon responded:
      December 7, 2012 at 11:17 am

      Excellent answer. Your answer could have used a period at some point. Probably between park and Charles would have been a good spot.

        Ethan :D said:
        December 7, 2012 at 11:18 am

        Should I work on that or no?

        Mr. Purdon responded:
        December 7, 2012 at 11:22 am

        Sure! But don’t redo it! Just remember to use complete stops when you have a complete thought!

    Andrew said:
    December 7, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Voices in the park.
    The person whose view point is missing is the dogs because in the book the dogs were only talked about. There view point would be a summery kind of view because in the text the dogs were chasing each other around and having a good time and summer usually represents happy.

    I think the symbolism in Charles voice with all of the moms hats every wear like a dictator. I think this because dictators usually control people and his mom was controlling him because in the book Charles mom was telling him to sit and being mean to him.

      Mr. Purdon responded:
      December 7, 2012 at 11:21 am

      You didn’t explain how Victoria might see this event or how Albert might see it!

    yolanda said:
    December 7, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Question 1

    I think that the dogs point of views are not in the text because in the book the voices in the park. The dogs never did nothing they only went to the park and they went back, home but they were in all of the pictures and they probably should have got to be in the book more than the characters .

    They were important in the book like all of the other people in the book.

      Mr. Purdon responded:
      December 7, 2012 at 11:19 am

      Absolutely! I’m sure the dogs saw the whole thing differently. But how? How would Victoria see it vs. Albert?

        yolanda said:
        December 7, 2012 at 11:29 am

        Victoria would see it like diffrent because they are dogs ang not monkeys

      Kraft Dinner said:
      December 7, 2012 at 11:22 am

      I agree I would have loved to see Victorias then Charles to see what they think of each other.

        Kraft Dinner said:
        December 7, 2012 at 11:22 am

        I meant Victoria then Alberts!

        Mr. Purdon responded:
        December 7, 2012 at 11:23 am

        Probably saw themselves as equals!

      Ethan :D said:
      December 7, 2012 at 11:22 am

      You put a comma at the point: they went back, home and capitals on: Voices In The Park.

    tristan said:
    December 7, 2012 at 11:17 am

    I think the reason for all the hats on Charles point of view in voices in the park is because his mom wears the same hat, and in the text she is very mean to him and he thinks that she is always watching and I think that he is super scared of her and the hat is just another way of seeing her. I also think it is because he feels trapped and he can’t really do anything about it because it’s his mother.

      Mr. Purdon responded:
      December 7, 2012 at 11:18 am

      I totally agree Tristan. It’s like Charles is always be watched over by his mother and feels her presence on him all the time.

      Ethan :D said:
      December 7, 2012 at 11:20 am

      Good but you forgot the capitals in the title: Voices In The Park.

      Kraft Dinner said:
      December 7, 2012 at 11:20 am

      That is what I tried to say that is so right I agree!

    donte said:
    December 7, 2012 at 11:19 am

    I think I am most like father from voices in the park because I’m lazy, tired, and I’m gloomy. In the text he says I wish I’ve got half the energy he’s got. Also his pictures are gloomy and he needs Smudge to cheer him up. He was sitting on a chair and watching TV and, I’m all most always playing video games or watching TV.

      Ethan :D said:
      December 7, 2012 at 11:24 am

      Good but capitals in: Voices In The Park. I keep have to reminding people about CAPITALS!!!

      skyler said:
      December 7, 2012 at 11:25 am

      who is he???:(

        donte said:
        December 7, 2012 at 11:29 am

        father

    Alexis said:
    December 7, 2012 at 11:20 am

    i think that in charles voice in the pictures the mothers hat is in every picture because maybe his mother is so mean that it scares him into making every thing look like his mothers hat. i think that because his mother treats him like a dog and she treats the dog like her daughter.

      Ethan :D said:
      December 7, 2012 at 11:29 am

      Capital on Charles, I needs a capital. Last sentence, I’m lost here.

    skyler said:
    December 7, 2012 at 11:23 am

    I am most like smug because. Smug is funny, happy and fast to.
    By skyler 🙂

      Mr. Purdon responded:
      December 7, 2012 at 11:24 am

      Where is the evidence from the text to show this?????

      Thomas said:
      December 7, 2012 at 11:26 am

      Evidence!!!!

      Ethan :D said:
      December 7, 2012 at 11:26 am

      Examples, how you and Smudge the same, evidence, I’m not sure but describence.

      tristan said:
      December 7, 2012 at 11:27 am

      were is the evidence from the text

      donte said:
      December 7, 2012 at 11:27 am

      where’s the evidence from the text?

      Kraft Dinner said:
      December 7, 2012 at 11:27 am

      NO EVIDENCE!

    Thomas said:
    December 7, 2012 at 11:24 am

    I think the meaning of the hats in Charles voice mean that he is scared of his mom because in the text, she told him to come here this instant, and she told Victoria (her dog) to come here in a nice voice. Also, I think that because he is always confronted by her mom while she is wearing that hat. That means that the image of the hat is stuck in his mind.

      Kraft Dinner said:
      December 7, 2012 at 11:26 am

      Nice examples!

    chloe said:
    December 7, 2012 at 11:25 am

    The dogs point of view is missing in the book because they barely talk about the dogs in the book. I only herd Smudge and Charles point of view why isn’t the dogs point of view in the book?

      Mr. Purdon responded:
      December 7, 2012 at 11:26 am

      Good question Chloe! More important is, how would they see the events???

    Austin B said:
    December 7, 2012 at 11:25 am

    I think I like Charles’s because he seems nice and really confident and he seems like he likes to play with people out side, he would like to play other people like go on the slide go on the monkey bars because he is a monkey so I would like to be his friend because he doest lie.

      Thomas said:
      December 7, 2012 at 11:27 am

      Your like Charles you mean?

    Shaynah said:
    December 7, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Why are these people so different?! Charles, Mom,Dad, Smudge, all so different! I don’t understand that. Smudge is this tough tomboy, Charles is this high-class miserable person, Dad is a big lovable gloomy monkey, and the Mom is a jerkish bossy women who can’t tell the difference between a dog and her son! These people have extremely different personalities. In the park, Mom see’s this beautiful park with automn leaves, Charles see’s a gloomy park with clouds that are shaped like his moms hat, Dad see’s a park with a gloomy sky, tree’s, and plants, and Smudge see’s a park with beautiful equipement, tree’s and very green grass. All these views are different. Very different.

      Shaynah said:
      December 7, 2012 at 11:30 am

      Why do I write so much?!

    Thomas said:
    December 7, 2012 at 11:27 am

    *You’re*

    trisha said:
    December 7, 2012 at 11:27 am

    the missing point of view from the book is the dogs because I didn’t hear about there point of view I only Smudge and Charles point of view in the book. Why didn’t the auther put the dogs point of view? I noticed the dogs where in most of the pictures of the book but why isn’t threre point of view in the book?

    Serena said:
    December 7, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Witch Character Am I most like?
    I think I’m more like Smudge. Because I’m Frendly with new people, like how Smudge was Frendly with Charles. I love to make people happy and try to Cheer them up when there down, like when Smudge cheered her dad up on there walk to the park. I’m active, energetic, and playful, just like Smudge was when she was playing with Charles at the park.

    Lewis said:
    December 7, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Voices in the Park

    I think the symbolism in Charles’ voice stands for under control, which mean that he really can’t do anything in his life but be bossed around by his mom. Also in the text I think he feels like his mom is a nightmare, because all the hats are always where he goes like his mom.

    kyle said:
    December 7, 2012 at 11:30 am

    I think the character thats mos like me is faet because were bot laze because I play on the video game all day.

    cookies a.k.a (Markus) said:
    December 7, 2012 at 11:31 am

    1. I think I now whos point of view in book is missing is the dogs point of view because in the text it said there are two dogs
    2. Their points of view are so different because it all counts on their feelings.
    3. I’m more like Smuge because I’m helpful, caring, frendly, and funny just like Smuge.
    4. Smuge is caring, mother is mean, fother is sad, charles is low self isteam.
    5. Charles does not like his mom.

      Thomas said:
      December 7, 2012 at 6:13 pm

      Evidence.

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