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The production of THE GIVER in Chicago used a puppet as a baby; here is the puppet-baby with Jonas, played by Aaron Lawson and also the puppet-maker, Taylor Bibat. Usually the baby was wrapped in a  blanket and so the audience would only see a waving hand or nodding head; and the sound...whimpers, giggles.. was provided very effectively as well.

Nonetheless, at the end of the play, when the cast sat at the edge of the stage and took questions from the audience...a child asked: "Why did the baby look so weird?"

The puppet was head and shoulders above the limp doll often used by theaters but not as dazzling as the live baby used by the Kansas City Opera. But hey: you can't depend on a baby being as good as that one! The opera will be presented in Minnesota the end of  April but I don't know how they are dealing with Gabriel.

I know how I am, though. My new book...SON...is about Gabe. He is, in fact, the son; and the book focused for the first 2/3 on the young birthmother who gives birth to him and  then grapples with his loss. The final third of the book focuses on Gabe himself, as a teenager, experiencing the loss from the opposite side.

This dies not  fall into the category of Weird Babies...well, not really...but for some time now, to amuse myself, I have been jotting down unpublishable poems about strange children. Here's one:

Edmund, such a lovely child,

Cooed and giggled, laughed and smiled.

But when he was just short of two,

He sprouted wings and off he flew.

His parents, stoic at their plight,

Re-filled the feeders every night.

 

 


 

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dyingforglamour Thursday, 29 March 2012

Oh, my. Those things just give me nightmaes. :D

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MaryJo Cally Saturday, 31 March 2012

This reminds me of a story I heard about a live little baby girl who played Jesus in a Christmas pageant. Evidently she began cooing and hiccuping and shepherds got the giggles, Joseph and Mary were perplexed and parents in the audience were pretty amazed nevertheless.

After all, WWJD? or WWBJD? Wouldn't Baby Jesus have cooed?

Also, the MET OPERA did a Mingella production of MADAMA BUTTERFLY with the controversial use of a puppet. I have seen many 'Butterfly' operas and usually they find a cute smart child, tell him to stand here, move there, walk here sit there and it happens. With the endearing puppet, and the sensitive interaction with soprano Patricia Racette, I was moved to tears. The puppeteers were masterful with tiny movement and nuance. Each detail was natural and responsive - so very believable. You can find this on YouTube.

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Jenn Fischer Sunday, 01 April 2012

I am soooo glad that you mentioned something aboutSon! You have no idea how much that made my day! Now my mind is full of questions, like "Did Gabriel's mom grapple with losing him immediately, or only after Jonas left the community?" "Will the book explain what happened to the community after Jonas left?" I know.... I will have to wait until the fall to find out the answers to these questions and more, but thank you for giving my imagination something to work with in the meantime!

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Barbara Matos Wednesday, 16 May 2012

we are curently reading the giver i enjoyed how you put the whole story together

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Barbara Matos Wednesday, 16 May 2012

hi my name is Brandon martinez, and I am currently in the 8th grade. I am from jersey city nj, and I go to ps# 27. I really belive this is a wonderful idea for gabe and I cannot wait for the movie. I really hope that the movie willl be somewhat close to the book because I just loved your book. :)

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Barbara Matos Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Hi my is Denilson im an 8th grader at jersey city public schools my language arts class are currently reading your book the giver. I think that the giver is the best book i have read so far it's intersting with action mystery and a little bit of comedy just how i like it.

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Barbara Matos Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Hi my name is Tyrone,I am an 8th grade student and after reading your book The Giver I cant wait to see the movie.When reading the book I was full of suspense always wondering what would happen.I hope that happens in the movie as well.

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Barbara Matos Wednesday, 16 May 2012

hi i am Anthony henry i attend jersey city public schools
i am curently reading the giver ive enjoyed every leading detail that leads up to jonas becoming the giver.

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Barbara Matos Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Hi my name is Shivangini, I am an eighth grader in one of the Jersey City Public Schools; PS#27. My class and I are currently reading your book, The Giver. The Giver has so imagination in it and it's so suspenseful. I also love how your book has so much mystery, and I love mystery. Since the movie is coming out next year, I hope the movie is just as great as the book. :)

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Barbara Matos Wednesday, 16 May 2012

so much imagination*

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Barbara Matos Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Hi, I am Farid Sawaqed from the school P.S. 27. I am right now in the eighth grade.In addition, we are currently reading the book "The Giver: and I have a question. From reading this blog entry, I learned that in the movie, Gabriel is actually a puppet. Furthermore, I also know that the puppet doesn't look like a baby which is why he isn't shown in the movie. Well why didn't you make a puppet that looks like a real weird baby and show him in the movie?

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Barbara Matos Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Hi my name is Joelle Paris, I am an eighth grade student at PS#27 and my class is currently reading your novel [i]The Giver.[i] My entire class is so into your book. I cant wait until the movie comes out next year, i hope it is just as good as the book! I'm looking forward to what happens at the end of the book, I am very excited.

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Barbara Matos Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Hello, my name is Jonathan Ricco, I am a Eighth Grader at PS#27, my class and I are currently reading your book "THE GIVER" your book is so interesting and suspenseful. I finished before my class because it was just so addicting that I just couldn't put down the book. I hope that since the movie is coming out next year I hope it is just as great and addicting as the book:)

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Barbara Matos Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Hello my name is Destiny and I am currently attending Alfred E. Zampella a Jersey City School. In my 8th grade Language Arts class we are currently reading your novel The Giver. In my opinion, I believe that your novel is really interesting and it can contrast with our community here in Jersey City, New Jersey.

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Barbara Matos Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Hello my name is Edward Estevez, I am an Eigth Grader at Alfred E. Zampella school. Your book is amazing! The Giver turned into a tornado and grabbed my full interest. I even went ahead of my class! The book The Giver is a page turner. I believe that you are a talented and extraordinary author!

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Barbara Matos Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Hello my name is Scareleth Lopez. I am currently ready your book "The Giver". You have such a creative imagination. This "weird baby" is a terrific for the character "Gabe". Your novel is the best one I've ever read. Keep up the good work. I hope to read more of your books. ;)

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Barbara Matos Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Hello my name is Danirsa Dominguez and I go to Alfread E. Zampella school. In class we are reading your book called "THE GIVER" I find this book to be slightly confusing, but otherwise the book is very interesting, and I find to be very connected to our world at the moment. You are an inspiration to all future authors. :D

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Barbara Matos Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Hello, my name is Sabrina Pagan. I am an Eighth Grader at Alfred E. Zampella school. My class and I are reading your book "The Giver". Were almost done with it and may i say its very unique. I enjoy you as an aurthor because of your wild imagination. It has come to my attention that next year there will be a movie of "The Giver" and I hope its as succesful as your book is.

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Friday, 22 March 2013

I have read this novel 3 times and every time I have felt that i am reading first time. At the last I liked Gabe character very much.

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