“The Stamp Collector, The Journey, This is the Rope and I am a story” are all books that connect back to one story called “The Matchbox Diary.”
The Stamp Collector connects because the great grand-father can’t write but has cigarette Matchboxes. In the other book, the little boy collects Stamps. Inside he has objects that he collects to remind him of his past. It reminds him of his story and family tree. I once heard a quote about branches of a tree are each families but the roots always stay as one.
This is a Rope connects back to the story because they pass down a rope from generation to generation. It represents their families past. Overcoming, moving, from their home to have a better life.
The Matchbox, talks about the importance between generations. The great grand-father and the little girl have a special spark. I find this relationship very important, to have someone there for you that is older or younger in your life. I heard another quote that talks about, that there is as much to learn as there is to teach. In my opinion you can talk to them in a different way, and you can sometimes learn something new, there are many benefits having someone there for you that will help you in life’s challenges.
A third book called “The Journey” has a similar meaning, the mother has to sacrifice herself for a better life, for the future and her children. She has to leave because they live in a dangerous place and her husband has died. They feel that they aren’t safe and sadness so they think that starting new is better than staying there. In The Matchbox the great grand-father has to sacrifice leaving his home and grandmother behind so that he can eat and have a better life.
I have a connection with this incident because in my family I have many languages just like Portuguese, Sign-language ASL, English and French. This relates to the story because leaving his country, home he had to change languages.
“I am a Story” really jumped out at me because it is showing changes over the years and The Matchbox Diary are both telling a story. A story of their life and what they had to overcome.
I have several symbols that I have found throughout the book. Just like on the box of matches is written “La Luna” that means “moon” to show a different world is out there and captured inside the box. On pages 15, 16, 25 and 27 there is a suitcase that appears in the images, that shows the family traveling and what they had to do to leave behind their old life, start fresh in a new place as immigrants. On pages 22 and 23 has a picture of the Statue of Liberty, showing freedom, liberty. Freedom is very important because I don’t find it right, not having human rights and some countries don’t. We should all have freedom of speech! I also noticed that on this page, it’s a lot brighter than all of the other ones in the past. I think it represents joy and hope because they have a new life. The colors in this book changes many times because in the past its brown, dark and pale, in the present there is color contrast and brightness.
I felt, reading this book, sadness because of the great grand-father’s story and happiness because the girl is finally learning about her past ancestors. She sees something special with the box because each little box represents a different part of her story.
At the end, I believe that the girl has a bird in her hand that symbolizes her leaving, making her story, her mark and leaving behind her object, making her diary.