Listen to the first three minutes of this book:
What would an intelligent robot do in the wilderness?
About the Book:
"The Wild Robot" is the story of Rozzum unit 7314. Roz is a learning robot who's shipping crate washes up on an island. Instead of learning to perform tasks more efficiently to assist humans in their daily lives, Roz must now learn to survive in a harsh environment. She learns many practical skills through observing the living things that inhabit the island. The most useful, and unexpected skill that the robot learns is to pretend. She becomes so skilled at pretending that there are points in the story where the reader begins to question whether she is pretending to be a living thing with emotions, or if she is indeed becoming a sentient being. On a surface level, the story explores the topics of survival, friendship, and community; beneath the surface there are themes related to the treatment of outsiders, being part of a non-traditional family, and the consequences of climate change. I learned about a literary genre that I had never heard of before while working on this project- the Robinsonade.
The Global Read Aloud:
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