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To me the author chose Billie Jo because she lasts longer then her mother, and also because being the same age as her i could relate to Billie Jo.I think that the reason why the book is poetic is because Billie Jo is into the piano and music comes from poems.
The author chose Billie to narrate the story because she wanted it to make the younger generations understand what happened during the Great Depression. I believe her biggest reason, however, was for us to better appreciate life and all the little things like clean food and the long showers that we take for granted.She wrote it in a poetic form called "free verse" because it's more like how people actually speak with pauses, run-on sentences, and sentence fragments to better explain something, prove a point, or because it has a more genuine feel to it and it can make you believe that it was a true story and that it actually happened which it did to many people. Free verse is a type of poetry that captures the rhythm of someone speaking and is best when it is read aloud. I personally thought that some of the words on some of the pages were spread out too much and appeared as though a first grader typed it and held the space button to long instead of an award winning writer but I still liked the poetic form very much and the story is very touching. This book was a very good choice and I hoped it made our class realize how lucky we truly are like it did for me.
The author picked Billie Jo to narrate because it can show a younger generation in a sense of youth the way it might of looked it in the Great Depression.She probably wrote in poetic form to show a lighter view of the story of the Great Depression
The author picked Billie Jo because she can show how a young girl grew up in the Dust Bowl during the Great Depression. Also she is the most important and most interesting character the author could of used. The mother only cleaned and cooked. The father worked all day. Those characters aren't as interesting as Billie Jo. The author wrote the story in a poetic form because it is also informative but is fun and interesting. That is why Billie Jo is best character to narrate the story and why it is used in poetic form.
I think the author chose Bille Jo to narrate the story to show the story from a child's eyes, so kids can relate to it better. If it was narrated by an adult kids would find it more hard to relate to. I think she chose poem form, becuase it's unique, and not many people have done that before.
I believe the author picked Billie Jo because to see the great depression from a young girl's point of view makes people more sympathetic. The poetic form made the story,to me, more interesting and made me feel more emotion. I think Patrick had a point that it made it more artistic.
The author wanted to show the Dust Bowl through a child's point of view so she chose Billie Jo. Poetic form is interesting and not very hard to relate to. If i was the author I would have written it in poetic form also.
I believe the author chose Billie Jo because it shows the trials and hardships that a person faced douring this time period, Billie Jo is a young girl and co dependent on her parents, she has more to lose then a grown person, and to help the reader see just how much a single person could have gone through in this period is better portrayed through a young girl, Billie Jo, then through an adult who has already had a chance to grow up in possibly better conditions.
I think the author made Billy Jo narrate the story becasue the book is made for people around are age to read and it could show a childs perspective of the story that we can relate to
The author chose billie jo to narrate the story so that the young readers will have a better image of the piont of view of what happened during the Great Depression. billie's life is very intense,First she lives in the Dust Bowl and The Great Depression ,second her mother just died so she is alone. I think the author wrote the story in poetic form because it looks like a young girl wrote it instead of a woman.On the top of the pages it has information on what the page is about ,I think thats helps the young readers understeand the book more clearly!
I think Billie Jo is the narrator of the story so that kids aound the same age group as her can understand and relate to the story better. There aren't many kids points of view of the Great Depression, and us kids need to understand what it was like for a girl our age in the Great Depression.When a story is in poetic form, the context makes the story line seem more visual, and in my opinion, the more visual a story is, the more interesting it is.
I think they chose Billy-Jo to narrate the book to show how hard it was to grow up in the dust bowl life being more dangerous and not being able to go outside and play. Its also a book written for younger people so most of the readers are kids and can connect more to Billy-Jo's problems.
(In My Opinion) I think that the reason the author chose Billie Jo to narrate the story in her own way is to make it understandable for many people to understand how it was for children and adults during the Great Depression, Mostly children being that a child is writing this in a poetic form.The reason i think they did this book in poetic form is because it makes the book easier to understand and more interesting. I'm not really a big fan of poems but this book caught me and i understand the concept of the poems in this setting. The poetic form makes it more understandable and more fun to read in my opinion
I believe she chose Billie-Jo to narrate the story due to her adolescence. She has a different view of the world then an adult would.I believe the reason she also chose to write in poetic form was to stand out, be different from the normal crowd of authors that choose to right 'normally'; using sentences and paragraphs.
She wants to tell the story through her eyes instead of anyon else's, because she had the worst experience, and lived to tell the tale