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What Does Simon Martin Learn in Flour Babies by Anne Fine?

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In flour babies by Anne fine, Mr. Cartright's class (4C) are taking part in this year's science fair. They are given a choice of the following projects: 'Textiles, Nutrition, Domestic economy, Child development, Consumer studies.' In other words: 'Sewing, Food, Housekeeping, Babies and so forth, Thrift.' Somehow, by a complicated confusion of class, 4C end up with child development, Flour babies. The aim of the project is to act like a parent and to 'keep your baby in sight at all times'. To make this work, they have to follow five simple rules: 1. 'The flour babies must be kept clean at all times. All fraying, staining and leakage will be taken very seriously indeed. 2. Flour babies will be put on the official scales twice a week for any weight loss that might indicate casual neglect or maltreatment, or any weight gain that might indicate tampering or damp. 3. No flour baby must be left unattended, night or day. If you must be out of sight of your flour baby, even for a short time, a responsible baby sitter must be arranged. 4. You must keep a baby book, and write in it daily. Each entry must be no shorter than three full sentences and no longer than five full pages. ...read more.


To prevent Simon's baby going in that cheap old black bag: 'Simon made the save. As Mr. Cartright dropped the little sack of flour and turned away in irritation and disgust, Simon's hands shot out and caught it.' This gives an image of caring- unlike his measly old father, who Simon doesn't even know! As well as finding out about parenthood, he finds out a great deal about himself. He finds out he's unique: 'It struck Simon for the first time in his life that he was totally unique. In the whole history of the universe there had never been one of him and there would never be another.' He then starts to think differently. He starts to look at himself in a different view-'heels, elbows, belly button, inner thighs.' These are obviously things he has never looked or taken notice of before in his life. Even people started to talk: '"God knows which parts of himself he stares at in private!" "Do you suppose the poor boy's mental?" "It's his mother I feel sorry for really."' Simon still doesn't take any notice because he has learnt something else- the amount of pressure forced on his mum just to look after Simon! He also remembers when his mum used to go to badminton and he used to nag her. ...read more.


After all, they've dedicated their lives to help children get a future they deserve. Oh, it was about time they showed some gratitude. His friends on the other hand, are completely different. They don't care at all about the babies. Take Sajid Mahmoud for instance. He opens his own cr�che for his favourite project- to earn some money. '"This isn't going to be some charity cr�che, he told Simon sternly. If I'm taking responsibility, I'm making money. That's business."' Because of this, you can tell Sajid doesn't have a hunger for life. He has a hunger for money. Still, there's someone worse, Robin Foster. After all, he purposely kicked his baby into the canal. 'And then, before their very own eyes, he'd drawn back his foot, let go of the sack of flour, and done it.' How unreasonable! Not one ounce of care for his baby. As for the rest of the class, they're no better. They're obviously not mature enough for a project like this? After all, this is the invitation that he gets at the mention of a female name: 'He didn't want to have to see the rush of arcane and dubious gestures he knew from experience greeted any female name.' This shows how immature the group is. In conclusion, the amounts of changes made to Simon's life were incredible. Who knew a project could influence a young, immature boy's life as much as it influenced Simon's? Farah Hussain 8PT 8h En1 1 ...read more.

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