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As a teaching resource, depends on what you're wanting kids to learn from this story
Reviewed in the United States on November 4, 2018
Shipped promptly and arrived quickly. No issues there.
Keeps almost all of the original words of Harper Lee's story- so teachers will have same issues with language to explain to their students. Fordham also has a short afterword to explain why he kept the same language as Lee used in her original text too.
I'm glad I bought this, because only after reading it, I realized that I really don't need the pictures to support the text- I believe Lee's words are better read without the pictures eclipsing the reader's imagination. I have taught 8th grade ELA for 12 years, and I can certainly appreciate what Fordham has done, and his love for Lee's writing is expressed through his artwork. Since no one else has produced a TKaM graphic novel such as this before, I wanted to share it with my students. It has 9 frames per page, and it's pretty busy to keep track of, plus it's 273 pages long. But his care with each picture and what it should convey to readers is evident too. He does NOT have the final scene where Scout stands on Boo's porch imagining what his life was like from his window/PoV (as the old movie does not either). To me, that is one of the most important and poignant points of Scout's development and so I was a bit disappointed Fordham left that kind of imagery out of his version. However, after reading it, I'm still glad I have it for my library, but I don't think I need it for teaching lessons on empathy, imagery and figurative language at all. The original does that far better, in my opinion.