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The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg Booktalk

  • Grades: 3–5

The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg video booktalk

Homer is on a mission, to find his big brother and get him released from the oath that bound him to the Union Army.

My name is Homer P. Figg, and these are my true adventures that happened after my big brother Harold was illegally conscripted into the Union Army, and left me to get along with our Uncle Squint Leach, who’s the meanest man in Maine. We had to go live with him cause we didn’t have any other family, even though he hated us and made us sleep in the barn. In fact, Squint hated about everything he ran across, and just plain enjoyed being mean and making other folks’ lives a misery. He even treated his hogs better than us. It was my chewing on a stale piece of bread crust that I’d picked out of the hog slop that got Squint madder than he’d ever been before, got Harold conscripted, and got me to being a runaway and a horse thief.

I was in the root cellar where Squint had thrown me when Harold left, and suddenly I heard voices in the kitchen above me, coming through the floor. It was Squint and his pal Corny, gloating about the money they was gonna get from getting Harold conscripted, when it wasn’t even a law yet. The oath Harold took was a lie, so it didn’t count.

As soon as I heard that, I knew what I had to do. I had to get out of the cellar, get old Bob, who’d been our mother’s horse, so it wasn’t really stealing, and get has far away as I could. Then I had to find Harold and tell him what Squint and Corny had done, so he could get out of the army, and not get himself killed. It seemed like a simple plan to me, but it got complicated real fast, and adventures started happening. So why don’t you sit a spell and let me tell you all the things that happened after I left Uncle Squint.

This booktalk was written by Joni Richards Bodart, university professor, librarian, consultant, and internationally know booktalking expert.

  • Subjects:
    Challenges and Overcoming Obstacles, Civil War Period and Reconstruction, American Civil War, Survival
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