Pearl, The

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Like his father and grandfather before him, Kino is a poor diver, gathering pearls from the gulf beds that once brought great wealth to the Kings of Spain and now provide Kino, Juana, and their infant son with meager subsistence. Then, on a day like any other, Kino emerges from the sea with a pearl as large as a sea gull’s egg, as “perfect as the moon.” With the pearl comes hope, the promise of comfort and of security….

Pages: 90

Pages: 90

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This enduring, classic fable told in Steinbeck’s characteristic style detailing human greed should be shared with every classroom. For the diver Kino, finding a magnificent pearl means the promise of a better life for his impoverished family. His dreams blind him to the greed that the pearl arouses in him and his neighbors. Peace and happiness are things that cannot be bought with wealth, as this classic so clearly illustrates.

  • Lucerna Academy families: Use this book for 1 week in American Literature, 1 week in Year 4 Rhetoric Literature, 1 week in Year 4 Honors Rhetoric Literature.
  • Tapestry of Grace families: Read for 1 week in Year 4 Unit 2.
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