Milkweed, nobody believed him. One day he gets back

Milkweed, written by Newbery Medal victor Jerry Spinelli, is a story that recounts the life of a innocent boy during 1939. The story begins  with the main character being pursued since he stole a bit of bread. During his pursuit, he fell down to the floor and a outcast helped him get up and escape. Unexpectedly, the city is under attack and they search for cover. The outcast presents himself as Uri. Uri took  him to a barn where multiple orphans are taking shelter. They ask him  whether he is a Jew and he didn’t know how to answer the question.  The orphans was irrataded with him since he didn´t know what a jew was so one of the orphans recomends  that they send him away to a camp as a joke. Later on, as the bombings decrease, the orphans moved to a better safehouse.  The new safehouse that they moved into, was a barbershop in the middle of town. While in the new safehouse, Uri gave him an identity since he didn´t know anything about himself or his origin. His new identity is Misha Pilsudski and he is a Russian gypsie. As time passes by, he becomes a close acquaintence with the orphans because he would go to places that is hard to axecesss. In those places, he would steal food and tools that is nesicary. Throughout his time robbing places, Misha meets a Jewish a named Janina Milgrom. Misha ends up getting to know Janina really well and considers himself to be a part of her family. The Milgroms as well as other Jews are being compelled to move to the Warsaw Ghetto. Willingly,  Misha ended up moving in with them to the ghetto because he considers them family. During his time in the ghetto, Misha would sneak out and bring the Milgroms food. One day, Misha ran into Uri in a decent inn and is warned to esacape the ghetto. Uri told Misha that they are going to move the inhabitants to a labor camp. Misha tries to warn his family and others  about the trains and how the ghetto’s inhabitantas are not being migrated and liberated but nobody believed him.  One day he gets back home from a food run and finds out that everybody has been relocated. Enraged that they didn´t take him, he tries turning himself in multile times and fails.  As time passes by, Misha moved to a ranch and lives their until the war ends. Once the war ended, Misha relocates to the United States. Once in the United States, he changed his name to Jack Milgrom and  enevtually gets married to a girls named Vivian. His wife ends up leaving him because of his behavior, Jack´s behavior would be strange sometimes because of his past. One day his dauhter Katherine, ran into  him. Katherine presents his granddaughter, Wendy. She said that he can pick her middle name. Jack ends up choosing ¨Poppynoodle¨.ThemeThe overall theme of Jerry Spinelli´s novel Milkweed is about survival and how can you help others during tough times. Misha the main character of the story displayed the theme of the story many ways. An example is when he would steal food for the orphans. The orphans were to big for to go to certain places to get food, so Misha volunteered to get food for them and not himslef. Another example of the theme being used in the story was when everyone was being moved into the ghettos. When everyone was being moved to the ghetto, Misha kept offering people food. He did that because he was worry about them and wanted to make sure that people weren´t hungry. The last example of the theme used in the story is how he took care of the Milgroms and the inhabitiants of the ghetto. Every night, Misha would sneak out of the ghetto and bring food for the Milgroms. He never stopped bringing food until the day that everyone was relocated to the labor camps.Charcater The origin of the main chracter is unknown in the story but he took the identity of  Misha Pilsudski. Not a lot is known about MIsha but he´s a ¨Russian gypsie with seven silings¨. Before he got the name ¨Misha¨ he thought that his name was ¨stopthief¨ because people kept calling him that whenever he´s stealing something. Since MIsha was very small, it´s very easy for him to get into places that´s hard to acces. An examples of his size being in good use is whenever he had to get out of the ghetto in order to get some food for the Milgroms. Besides being very small, Misha is also very innocent throughout the whole book. Some examples of his innocencense can be seen when he wanted to become a Nazi soldier. He wanted to become a Nazi soldier because he thought that they were brave and strong. Another example to show that he´s innocent is whenever he had to run away with Uri from people. Whenever he´s runnung away from people that includes Nazis and angry business men, he thinks that it´s a race and he doesn´t know the danger of being caught by them.


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