Animal Farm

Book review by Michael Berry, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Classic satirical allegory about the abuse of power.

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 74 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 11+

An Eye Opener For Young & Old

If you’re concerned about what’s going on in the world today and want no to prepare your child with awareness of evil people in power than this is the book for you! I would recommend reading it before your child, because there is a lot of opportunity for discussion. Here’s list of topics we discussed together while he read the book: 1. How good intentions can be taken advantage of 2. How greedy animals can manipulate the system 3. The importance of being educated 4. Knowing who you get your information from I don’t think my son would have been ready to tackle this book as a 10 year old. At 11. I feel he was able to grasp the harder concepts of this book and discuss them in an age appropriate manner with me

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
2 people found this helpful.
age 13+

7th Grade Class Review of Animal Farm

My name is Ms. Carson, I am a 7th grade Language Arts Teacher at St. Mary's Catholic School in New Mexico. We read Animal Farm daily in class that took us about a month to complete outside of the extra activities in class. This review is a combination from our class: Firstly, overall the class thinks that the read is absolute hot dog water. The reason is there was too much political content. The class was disappointed that the animals were not realistic and for the amount of propaganda, the read was not long enough and very vague. Secondly, Squealer is a pushover and that upset us because we don't like bullies. Additionally, Orwell was not very consistent with the relationships between the animals. Finally, half of the class liked it and some did not.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
1 person found this helpful.

Book Details

  • Author: George Orwell
  • Genre: Literary Fiction
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publication date: August 17, 1945
  • Number of pages: 128
  • Last updated: June 8, 2015

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