A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn


Betty Smith

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn: Chapter 22 Summary & Analysis

Francie learns to read! Books become her immediate friends. She has one for every mood and vows to read one book per day for as long as she lives. She also learns sums and numbers by thinking of them as family members and friends. She takes the game along into algebra, where she thinks of the variables x and y as sweethearts who complicate family life. As a result, mathematics becomes “a warm and human thing to Francie.”
The world opens up for Francie when she learns to read. She develops a personal relationship with books and this is followed by her ability to relate numbers to her life. This skill in personalizing education makes learning more fun and less tedious for her. In regard to math, this trick makes the numbers less abstract.
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