seaglass Seaglass is created when broken pieces of glass tumble around in the ocean until it becomes smooth and frosty.
Dr. Dolittle Dr. Dolittle is a character in books written in 1920! Later, movies were made. Dr. Dolittle can speak to animals and that makes him an awesome veterinarian.
ferryboats Ferryboats are large boats that carry people and their vehicles across small distances. People pay to ride a ferry, just like taking a cab.
Monsoon floods Monsoon season in India happens every year from June to September. Water can get very high and make travel and life more difficult. Monsoon floods do not happen all at once. Rather it rains and floods over many days or weeks.
sigh A sigh is a noise we make when we know we have to do something even though we dont want to.
clinic A clinic is a medical office. The clinic in our story is an animal clinic. Clinics are usually places you can get care even if you have little money.
queasy Queasy is a feeling you get when something makes your stomach upset.
frog jumping in my throat This is a figure of speech. You do not literally have a frog in your throat. This idiom means that you find it difficult to speak because you are nervous or sad. GO BACK TO CHAPTER MAP
a bump in the road This is a figure of speech. There is not literally a bump in the road. It means that you have a problem that you have to go around.
buoy A buoy is a marker in the water that guides ships and tells depth.
twitches Your nose twitches if you think something is gross or cute.
bungalows A bungalow is a small house located near the beach.
uncharted wilderness Uncharted wilderness is a term people use to describe a place not many people have been before.
stride When you stride you walk with confidence.
garbage gut Garbage gut is a sickness an animal can get when it eats garbage.
suffocating You feel like you are suffocating when it is hard to breathe. GO BACK TO CHAPTER MAP
scramble To scramble out of the truck means to get out quickly.
wade When you wade through water it is usually knee-deep.
solid gear When Uncle Sanjay speaks of island gear and solid gear he means clothes and shoes that will stand up to rough weather and hard work.
lips pressed together You may have lips pressed together to keep from laughing.
Witless Cove Coves are often small spaces cut into the land. Narrow beach.
Madrone branches Flowering plants that grow in warm temperate climates.
littered When you litter, you throw garbage around. When the beach is littered with rocks and driftwood, it looks like they are just thrown around with no pattern.
denim overalls Made of jean material, denim overalls are considered solid gear. GO BACK TO CHAPTER MAP.
smog Smog is pollution in the air. Some countries have agencies that regulate how much pollution can be released.
wake with the sun and sleep with the moon This means to work in daylight hours. The Sun rises in the East and sets in the West.
aphids Aphids are small insects that destroy plants.
mucky When your clothes and shoes are mucky, they are muddy. Mucky and muddy are synonyms.
chutney Chutney is a sauce in the Indian cuisine. It can be made of many different things.
parka A parka is a very large coat that keeps you warm.
nah? Uncle Sanjay says, nah? at the ends of his sentences. This is like how we say, you know? when we want people to agree with us.
improvised When you improvise, you make do with what you have. GO BACK TO CHAPTER MAP.