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Broadening the horizons of underprivileged children Thank you Miss Moore It takes a caring individual to live amongst the poor and teach their young In the story The Lesson by Toni Cade Bambara one character stands out and becomes the teacher of lifes lessons Miss Moore is a strong educated African American woman who for her own reasons lives within the slums and becomes to an extent a surrogate mother to children whose parents seem not to care for It is evident within the story that she takes the initiative to try to broaden the horizons of five young children by introducing them to new experiences As with any society or group there are conflicts between members and the same holds true for the five children and Miss Moore Sylvia the main character sees Miss Moore not as a teacher or mentor but as an unwelcome chaperone on their trip to FAO Schawarz She would rather be doing anything else then taking a trip with Miss Moore to the toy store According to the author the other children feel the same contempt however each of the children perceive Miss Moore differently This is evident throughout the story by the inquisitiveness of Sugar In taking Sylvia and her friends to the toy store Miss Moore is trying to introduce the children to a new side of life that maybe they werent aware of before She is trying to show them that there are beautiful things outside of the slums and the ghetto where they occupy their time In the store the children are exposed to things that if the opportunity presented itself they would probably like to have Before even getting to the toy store Miss Moore in one sentence gives a lesson on economics and the diversity of wealth On page 89 Sylvia says
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