The Pearl

Written by John Steinbeck • Illustrated by Jose Clemente Orozco

Reviewed by Alana D. (age 10)

Do you like scary and sad stories? Well, you should read this story. It's about a poor family with three members - the mom, the dad, and the baby. The dad's name is Kino, the mom's name is Juana and the baby's name is Coyotito. Kino dove into the water to find a pearl. He had found a lot of clams. He only opened one clam with a pearl inside. See what happened to Kino's family and why he got the pearl.

I liked this book a lot because I thought it was beautifully written. My favorite part of the story was when Kino found the pearl and it was glowing through his hands. I thought Juana was a very interesting character because she was always correct. There are illustrations and they are abstract and black so the book is not really colorful.

I recommend this book to kids ages 7-11 because it is interesting and it is kind of touching. I think they will like the way Kino searches for pearls because they are so precious and hard to find. It is sad and a bit scary, but it is very good. The Pearl is my favorite book I've ever read.

Alana D. is a student in Ms. Taylor's Reading Club
2007-2008