Book Report on the Humming Bird Tree

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My Book Report

Title: The Humming Bird Tree
Author: Ian MacDonald
Publisher: Macmillan Education
Date of publication: 2004

The main characters are Alan Holmes, Kaiser and Jaillin. The story takes place in Trinidad, in the earlier part of the twentieth century, while it was under colonial rule. To be more specific the plot occurs in a Trinidadian village, in the countryside.
Summary of the story: The Humming Bird Tree points out the many joys and ills of human nature. A Caucasian boy, Alan, an Indian boy Kaiser and his sister Jaillin seek to form a friendship in a society stricken by racial and class prejudice. The story is centered on Alan and Jaillin, who in their innocence, embark upon new discoveries in nature, while at the same
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She is desperate foe Alan to conform and recognize his social position. As a result she forbids him to invite Kaiser and Jaillin to the party. Even though she gives Alan all the love and care he needs she failed as a mother to allow Alan to pass judgment and make decisions on his own instead of forcing him to surrender to the status co.
Alan’s Father: Generally Mr. Holmes is a very kind, fair and likeable man. He is the supervisor of a sugar plantation. He is well-liked and respected by workers and overseers. Sometimes he brought Kaiser and Alan, more so Kaiser because he wants to train him to be an overseer. Even though Mr. Holmes was so tolerant with the workers, and though so well liked by them, knows his place in society and only socializes with his class. I like his character because after Jaillin and Kaiser were dismissed, Alan was trying to put all the blame on the two Indian children. Mr. Holmes told Alan not to try and pretend but should accept some responsibility foe his actions, even though he is an upholder of the colonial ways.
Old Boss: He is the grandfather of Kaiser and Jaillin. He is well respected by the villagers and their father. Old Boss is seen as a success because he was able to negotiate with the government to give him a plot of land for himself. He often gives Kaiser and Jaillin advice and sends Kaiser to school after he was fired. He also provided a home for Jaillin. I admire his character because he is very
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