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What are three traits of Kira in Gathering Blue? How can you prove each one with her actions, thoughts, and words?

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In Lois Lowry's novel Gathering Blue, Kira has both intelligence and imagination, courage, and talent.

1. Imagination

While her mother is alive, Kira tells the children creative stories that captivate and entertain them, and she teaches them games. Kira is also a reliable helper to her mother in the weaving shed. Her mother praises Kira for her imagination:

"The stories you tell to the tykes, the pictures you create with words — and with thread! The threading you do! It is unlike any threading the people have ever seen. Far beyond anything I could do!" (Ch. 1)

As it turns out, creativity and imagination are held in high esteem in Kira's society.

2. Courage

After Kira's mother dies, Kira remembers her advice to take pride in her pain. "You are stronger than those who have none." This statement proves to be true when Vandara challenges Kira for her spot after her mother's death, telling her "Your space is gone." Because...

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In the book Gathering Blue by Lois Lowery, Kira is a young girl who should have been put to death according to the laws of the community.  Kira has a disability.  She has one side of her body that has a leg that drags behind her and causes her pain and discomfort.

Kira's mother had taught Kira to be as strong and independent as possible.  She taught her how to be a weaver and learn from her.  She is a strong and determined young lady.  After her mother's death she goes off on her own, but right away she begins to think of the things that she will need and have to do to survive.

"Somehow she would build a cott.  Then she would find a way to make a life."(3)

Kira is gifted with her hands and can figure out how to make useful items.  Her mother had taught her how weave through woven fabric and to use colorful threads to make a pattern.

"Kira had always had a clever way with her hands."(19)

Kira is courageous.  After Jo, the little singer's parents had died, she went to visit Jamison to find out about the child.  Kira learned that she was locked up at Jamison's.  She decides to help the child and tells her to wait that she would come back for her. (page 136)