FC: The Art of Racing in the Rain Written by: Garth Stein Created by: Enzo | By: Nicole Kaminsky Period 5/6
1: Human Life as a dog can be so lame When your purpose is to sit and wait Everyday always seems to be the same Trapped behind that white picket gate Man can do whatever he pleases He is never held on by a leash Every opportunity he seizes Allowing his soul to be unleashed This is what I would do in life If I were in a Five Ten body I would be happy with a wife And actually be somebody
2: Key Page | This is a poem written by Enzo. Enzo is a dog who feels like he will be human in his next life. This is an explanation of how I created the scrapbook. It is from the point of view of Enzo, but he is a human. Throughout the story, he always mentions something about what he would do if he were human. So I will recreate his life as a human. | Enzo
3: It's a Girl! | Baby Zoe was born a week early on September 17th. She was born at home and weighed 6 lbs. and 6 oz.
4: Key Page | This is a Baby Birth announcement for Zoe. In the story Zoe is born unexpectedly. Her father, Denny, is at a race so Enzo is the only familiar face during the birth. Eve, the mother, asks for a quiet moment with Enzo after the birth. She asks Enzo to always protect Zoe. This gives Enzo a role in the family. He is always watching Zoe and he tries to protect her and make her happy throughout the novel. I believe that even as a human, he would have been at the birth of Zoe. I think that Eve would have made Enzo, Zoe's Godparent.
5: TV Schedule | 7am-8am Sesame Street 8am-10am The Weather Channel* 10am-12pm The Insider 3pm-5pm The Speed Channel* 5pm-6pm Law and Order* 6pm-7pm Trial by Jury* 7pm-8pm The Rockford Files* 8pm-12pm Movies*
6: Key Page | This is a list of shows that Enzo would watch. As a dog, he loved watching TV to pass the time. It taught him about life and how humans behave. Denny would leave the TV on for him so that he wouldn't get bored. As a human I think he would still like TV. The starred shows are shows that he loved watching. While the others were shows that he watched with the rest of the family.
7: I'M OKAY!!!
8: Key Page | The flip flops, flowers, sunscreen and sunglasses represent that it is summer time. The family is at the Cascades. They are swimming and rock sliding. All of a sudden, Eve slips off a rock and hits her head. She starts bleeding so the family's fun day is cut short. The family then rushes to the hospital. The Band Aid and Gauze is supposed to represent that they needed to go to the doctor. "I'm Okay" is said by Eve because she never wants to go to the doctor. This is the turning point in the story. After this moment, everything in the family's life goes down hill. The only difference in this event is that Enzo is allowed in the hospital because he is a human.
9: GET WEll SOON | Eve, We all miss you very much. Home is not the same without you. We hope that you have a speedy recovery and return very soon. We all send our Love. xoxo, Denny, Zoe, and Enzo
10: Key Page | This is a Get Well Card for Eve. After Eve fell and hit her head, they found out that she had a tumor in her head. They are all worried about what will happen to her. Life gets very hard for Denny. He has to take care of Enzo and Zoe. I think that Enzo would help Denny out if he were human. I think Enzo would try and make Denny's life easier. Enzo would also be able to go into the hospital and visit Eve.
12: The Alphabet is supposed to represent that Zoe is starting school. This is a major milestone in her life. The sad part is that her mom, Eve, is still in the hospital. Denny and Enzo are the only people that can see her off to school. If in the story Enzo was a human, I think he would help Zoe with school activities like painting, drawing and writing. Enzo would have an opposable thumb which would allow him to do these activities with Zoe. | Key Page
13: Dear Eve, Is it nice in heaven? Are you at peace? Why was it your time to go? We still need you here. There is much more for you to see. Much more for us to do as a family. I thought you would be here longer. Everyone said you were getting better. Was that all a lie? Did you know that you were going to die that night? You acted like you were having an amazing time at the party. You even said to Denny that you were going to come home. But I do remember the words you said and they still haunt me inside. "Everyone wants me to be the next Lance Armstorng. But I can't hold it, Enzo. It's bigger than me. It's everywhere. Please take care of Denny and Zoe for me. They are so wonderful together. Do you see? I am not afraid anymore," (Stein 161)
14: Key Page | Eve has come home from the hospital. She is living with her parents and is being taken care of there. Eve requests that Zoe come and stay with her while she is still recovering. Denny agrees to this in hopes that they will come back soon. Denny and Enzo go back and forth between their house and Eve's parents' house. On May 1, they have a special dinner for Eve. She gets dressed up and enjoys herself. She lets everyone know how much she loves everyone. On Page 161, Eve has a conversation with Enzo. She explains to him that she is still very sick. She understands that she will die and she wants Enzo to take care of Denny and Zoe. That night after Denny and Enzo leave, Eve dies. They receive a phone call while they are at the park that Eve is dead. This is a letter to Eve that I think Enzo would write so that he can come to terms with the fact that Eve is dead.
15: Father's Petition For Custody or Visitation After Legitimation
16: Key Page | After Eve dies, everything goes seriously wrong. Denny is charged for being a sexual predator and Eve's parents want custody of Zoe. The only witness at the scene of the crime was Enzo. If Enzo were a human, he would be able to tell the court that Denny is innocent. He witnessed that the young girl, Eve's cousin, followed Denny around that Winter break when Eve was still sick. When the girl tried to make her move, Denny told her that she was acting very inappropriately. This would have prevented Denny from having to live years under lock down. He was forced to stay in state and he had very limited time with Zoe. The picture of the young girl is supposed to represent Zoe. The book cover is supposed to represent all that Denny went through in order to get custody of Zoe. The Document is a legal document in order for Denny to request custody of Zoe. Enzo learned from Denny that if you really care about something, have perseverance and eventually you can have it. In the end Denny did get Zoe back and they were able to live together as a family again.
17: Quotes of Life and Racing | "Very gently. Like there are eggshells on your pedals and you don't want to break them. That's how you drive in the rain," (13). | "That which you manifest is before you," (41). | "Ideally, a driver is a master of all that is around him," (48). | "Slow hands in the fast stuff, fast hands in the slow stuff," (89). | "With experience, a driver adjusts his understanding of how a car feels when it is near its limits," (177). | "Sometimes a driver simply has to prove that he is better than his competition," (178) | "Racing is about discipline and intelligence, not about who has the heavier foot. The one who drives smart will always win in the end," (178) | "Hands are the windows to a man's soul," (201). | "There is no dishonor in losing the race. There is only dishonor in not racing because you are afraid to lose," (277).
18: Key Page | Throughout the book, there were many quotes that started the chapter or that Denny said. I found them all to relate to events that happened in the book. Each quote I think can somehow be related to everyday life. As humans we learn something everyday. We may learn from experience, listening, or watching. In any case, in order to become better people, we must learn from mistakes that are made. Throughout the book, Enzo learned how to be a person. By observing his owner, Denny he was able to become aware of what it takes to be a good person. If Enzo were a human, as he got older throughout the book he would become a better human being.
19: Bibliography: "Georgia Visitation Petition Package- FindLegalForms.com." Legal Forms - Leases, Contracts, Agreements, Letters - Free Preview - FindLegalForms.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Oct. 2010.