“Our Mockingbird” – A Review by Sanjeevani

In the PBS episode, http://worldchannel.org/programs/episode/arf-s3-e306-our-mockingbird/ , two high schools come together and change the way they see their society. One school, is predominantly black, while the other, is predominantly white. Both schools think, they don’t judge anyone of a different race. That may be true, but they don’t really have anybody to judge. So of course, they are nonjudgmental. Both schools know the story, To Kill a Mockingbird, but don’t know the true reality of it. That is until they are cast as the characters described in the famous novel by Harper Lee.

The novel takes place in the 1930’s, and, as Harper Lee describes it, it is a love story… a love story to spread love around the community instead of hate.  The high school students work hard to put on a play and in the process are turned from high school students, who had nothing in common, to a team coming together to create an elaborate play and make it as if it really happened and they were alive during the time. All of them learned about segregation, the early 1930’s, and, most importantly, how wrong it is To Kill a Mockingbird.

The documentary was great, They should of had shown a little bit more of the actual play instead of just having short actions or lines. From what the documentary showed of the play, the kids had made an older and younger Scout. In the book, older Scout almost narrates the story, like in the play, and the audience really feels like they jump into the story. The impact of this book has on kids my age is usually what’s on the page, until you start looking deeper in the book, when your ‘light switch’ has clicked on you are thinking, “Oh! I get it now!” I believe that just by reading this book, kids can understand how to look and ‘connect the dots’ in other stories.

Another impact this novel has on kids my age is how Harper Lee describes it as a love story, because that is what kids will take away from this book. We can use this today to not hate people who are different than you, but to embrace it, to love them, and treat them fairly.