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Welcome To The World of Many ROOMs

In my last post, I predicted that Jack would live with his grandparents and Ma would stay in a mental health Facility. I was close to the actual ending of the book. When Ma attempted suicide she stayed in the Clinic and Jack stayed with his grandma and steppa (step-grandpa). The actual ending of the book resulted in Jack and Ma living in an apartment together with at home care. Jack and Ma also revisited the room and Jack described it as a crater “A hole where something happened”. I do think this was an effective way to end the novel. One thing I would change would be to hear Ma’s actual name.

The language in this book gave a terrifying situation a childish tone. When Jack said goodbye to all of the items that he had treated as his friends it gave him closure from a dark time in his life. With the book being told from Jack’s views we can see his innocence and allow for him to sugar coat the scary situation that he and his mother are in. I think that the author decided to write the book like this because then when Jack is back into the world learning about all of the new things we can see his lust to stay in captivity.

The most confusing aspect of the book was in the beginning with Jack speaking to all the things in his room. I found it difficult to understand for quite some time. Another thing I found difficult to understand was when Jack was breastfeeding. Jack just described it as “having some” witch took me quite sometime to understand. This affected how I read the book because I would commonly reread these parts of the book.

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I rate this book 4.5 out of 5 stars. I would highly recommend. This book is a difficult read but it is a very emotional and terrifying novel. It constantly had my attention and it gave me a new way to look at our world and environment.

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Watch the ROOM movie trailers here

Is ROOM Really The World?

*WARNING! CONTAINS SPOILERS!*

The character I chose to analyze is Jack’s mom. I chose her because she is a strong, level-headed person who is facing extreme struggles within the walls of Room. Her main motivation is Jack. Jack motivates Ma to get everything that needs done completed such as the laundry, and . He also motivates her to stay active, nourished, and clean. Ma has been trapped in the room for over eight years because when she was 19, “Old Nick” tricked her into believing that he had a sick dog to lure her into his truck and kidnap her. Since her kidnapping, her main goal has been to get out of the room. She attempts to achieve her goal subtlety by using the lamp and sending Morse code messages almost every night, screaming on days her kidnapper is gone and trying to dig a hole out through the floor. Ma also uses harsh actions to attempt to escape by throwing heavy items at Old Nick, smashing a toilet lid on his head, and holding a knife to his neck.


Ma faces many conflicts when trying to escape the room. One of her conflicts is that she wants to use Jack as part of her plan to escape but does not want to put Jack into danger.  Ma struggles for quite sometime as to how to successfully escape the room with both her and Jack. This is a very emotional straining situation for Jack’s mom. She also struggles with the consequences of attempting to escape and failing. Her and Jack have been deprived of food and power for quite some time. If they were to try something at a large scale and fail, there would be much larger consequences. These conflicts are both internal and external; hopefully she will come to a solution to these problems.

I predict that Jack’s mother is going to find a way to escape the room with Jack without putting him into a large amount of danger. The book needs to expand out of the walls of the room for a more complex plot. I think the next few parts of the book are going to be the escape from the room and challenges that they face in the outside. I predict that the book will end with Ma and Jack being spilt by social services and Jack living with his grandparents with Ma in a mental hospital.


I personally relate to Ma because of her care for children and her unspoken innocence. Ma and Jack have a nice bond and they tend to make the best out of a bad situation. I also try to make the best of every situation and with my experience in camp counselling and being a 4-H leader I have grown a love for children. I also like the mom’s fiery  attitude and perseverance. 

A Little ROOM For A Little Person

The extensive novel I chose to read was ROOM by Emma Donoghue. This novel appealed to me because it is told through the eyes of a five year old. The boy’s confinement in his room relates to how he sees the rest of the world which I find quite interesting. I have read books similar to this, like Impulse by Ellen Hopkins. Both of these books include confinement and many other issues in society like rape, violence, and poor mental health. I believe that this book is going to cause some tears but will be an overall good read.

This novel doesn’t contain chapters, but has five parts. They are titled Presents, Unlying, Dying, After, and Living. The title Presents is represented in this part explicitly. In the first few pages, we come to find that it is Jack’s birthday and he receives a present from his mother of a drawing of Jack sleeping. Next, I came to learn of Sunday treat, this is when Jack and his mother receive the necessary supplies to get them through the week. To many people it is just a round of groceries, but to Jack it is like Christmas morning. The third explicit representation of present, is Jack’s late birthday present of an remote-control jeep gifted to him by “Old Nick” the kidnapper and rapist.

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In the first paragraph, I found that many objects are personified in a way that Jack can relate to them and treat them as his friends. We also see Jack’s innocence and how he is blind to many struggles his mother went through. Jack does not understand many things and this is mainly because of his confinement and because he was told that the room is all that is real. He understands heaven and other Christian beliefs. He also believes that everything he sees on TV that isn’t in the room is fake. This plays more to his innocence and his mother uses this belief to protect Jack from feeling depressed or lonely.

In the beginning chapters we hear of the relationship between Jack’s mom and “Old Nick”. This is a significant relationship because Old Nick is the mother’s rapist and kidnapper. But Jack sees him as more of a gift-giver. Jack’s mom refuses to talk about Old Nick many times but still seems to connect with him a little when he comes in the night. I think this is significant because Jack’s mom is gaining the trust of her rapist, and i think that this will lead to something much larger later on. A question I still have about Old Nick and Jack’s mom is; how can Jack’s mom not be hostile toward Old Nick? She has a lot of courage for holding conversations with him.

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brrrr… its a little chilly

In Saskatchewan we experience cold frigid temperature. How would a sheep be effected by these weather conditions?

The harsh cold weather makes accessing water more difficult for a sheep. A young lamb such as Sugar may not have enough wool to help protect from the wind, snow, or freezing rain. Snow also makes it more difficult to graze, considering it covers majority of the ground plants.


To fix these problems sugar is kept inside more often and is brought more hay, also her water is changed every few hours. Also she will not be washed for sometime until there is a heated area where she can dry.

*this is only a temporary solution until a different facility is available*

First snow day: Sugar’s outdoor water bowl


Sheep originate from Mesopotamia and the weather is unlike what we have here in Saskatchewan. They do not experience harsh winters and heavy snow. this requires sheep to have needed to adapt to the weather in Canada, they have done this by growing thicker wool and having a digestive system that takes in much more nutrients.

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Sugar has been doing great in the past week. She has been showing more energy and enjoys going for walks on the nicer days. she has been eating an acceptable amount of feed and drinking water steadily.

This ain’t so baaaa-d

This past week, Sugar has became more comfortable around new people and animals. She has been eating at a steady rate and is enjoying her new setup.


My Sheep fits in with our Environmental Science 20 curriculum in many ways. Mainly in the student directed study area because this is an animal I chose because I have as strong interest in livestock and agriculture. I have developed a clear action plan regarding my sheep. I take initiative to care for, and protect my sheep. I also chose this specific species to gain new knowledge about something I knew little about.

The student directed study I chose also links to the career exploration sector of the curriculum. This is because I learnt on a small scale, what it is like to be a sheep farmer in Saskatchewan. I met with large sheep farmers with over 2000 head, and noticed how their practices function. As well as a small sheep farm and how their work differs. I learnt about the training required to become a sheep farmer using antibiotics or other medications.

I gained knowledge about how water and air pollution could have effect on an animals such as my sheep and how my sheep contributes to this pollution.

In this project I researed how the soil could effect my animals well-being and its habitat. Also how different plants have a different effect on the sheeps digestive system. Also just my sheep as a whole, what environment she belongs in, the genetics of the sheep, etc.

Therefore I saw a connection to the career exploration unit, the student directed study unit, the aquatic ecosystems, atmospheric unit, and the terrestrial ecosystems.

A cute relationsheep

Sheep were one of the first animals ever to be domesticated by humans. They were raised for  milk, meat, and skins. the first sheep to be domesticated was the wild mouflon. It was domesticated between 1100 and 9000 BCE in ancient Mesopotamia.

The mouflon is considered to be one of the main ancestor of sheep but the direct path is unclear. Sheep have been cross bred for years to form more breeds. Cross breeding caused many deformities along the way. They also used the method of selective breeding  to produce the best wool, milk , and meat on the sheep.

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The male mouflons grow large horns used in fights, to show their dominance.

sheep have evolved exponentially in many ways, sheep used to have little amounts of wool that would grow slowly. If you were to sheer that wool it wouldn’t have grown back in many months. The sheep would not overheat if they were not sheered. If the domesticated sheep we have now were to be set free into the wild, they would have a hard time surviving. The wool that they have would grow too long and it would be hazardous for the animal.

This past week, Sugar has been growing at a casual rate. She has adapted to being alone and likes to go outside and eat the dried leaves until it’s too dark out and she runs back into her sheep shack. She has been showing no signs of illness or loneliness and if she continues this, she may become territorial if another species enters her area. She has also became more comfortable with wearing her halter. 

As you might see sugar has an ear tag. It is used for identification purposes. Sugars particular ear tag has a microchip that can be scanned for access to the information of the sheep such as her date of birth, breed, owner, etc. 

Upkeep the sheep

Part of raising sheep for market is making sure they are treated properly and that they are rarely at risk to disease. I created a maintenance schedule to ensure my sheep are taken care of to the best of my ability.

My sheep are fed grain, water, and forage. Witch is simular to sheep in the wild. Although sheep in the wild would graze off natural grains not grains produced in high quantities. The grains given to sheep in captivity are given at a steady rate so that it is easier for the animal to digest. The diets have to be similar because they have a low tolerance for new substances.

This week sugar is doing swell. She is beginning to get lonely without a companion, but a new lamb will be arriving sooner than later.

Cream’s Expiration Date…

Unfortunately cream has a expiration date and sugar does not. Cream recently “expired”, but why?

Sudden deaths for lambs happen when there is clostridial diseases, redgut, systemic pasteurellosis, grain overload, acute liver fluke, nitrate poisoning, brassica poisoning, extreme stress, and many more. Some loses have unidentifiable post mortem signs.

Sheep are very vulnerable to diseases and you must take extreme care as to what they are exposed to. Since I did not have cream autopsied by a surgical veterinarian I will never find out as to why cream died. She did not show any signs of sickness or digestive issues before she died so it is very hard to tell.

Domesticated sheep die at very different rates compared to wild sheep. this is because most domesticated sheep are vaccinated to prevent disease.

The population numbers have been slowly declining according to Statistics Canada.

How am I going to do this???

How am I going to keep them alive? How much are they going to cost? Well let me tell you…

The shelter I have provided for my sheep is an old, not insulated house that isn’t very large. We call it the sheep shack


When my sheep were born their mothers disowned them, making them orphans. Therefore they were fed off a milk machine for a while. They were kept in a room with the other orphaned lambs so that when a ewe had a lack of lambs they would be “adopted” by that ewe.

My lambs were never “adopted” therefore they were up for sale. So they needed to be weaned off the milk machine. When this happened they needed to have a substance to replace the nutrients that they got from the milk, and this is where electrolytes come in. The electrolytes are only needed for about 14-20 days after weaning.

My sheep are fed water, ground barley, and hay. This way they have enough energy throughout the day and are digesting food at a steady rate. The food is not too hot or too cold so the lambs are able to take as much nutrients as possible from the feed.

The electrolytes
The water makes a yellow colour when miked with the electrolytes


I bought my sheep for $60.00 each and hay cost $4, straw cost $1, and barley costs $0.0625 per pound, and the electrolytes were gifted to me.

As of right now my costs are:

  • Sheep-$120
  • Barley- $0.3125
  • Hay-$8
  • Straw-$1

This ends up being a total of $129.31

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