2Day OneChapters 1-8Sal discusses things she is scared of and things that don't bother her. She goes on to say that "if people expect you to be brave, sometimes you pretend that you are, even when you are frightened down to your very bones." What does she mean by this?
3Day TwoChapters 1-8Sal's father tells her that she leans on broken reeds and will get a face full of swamp mud one day. What do you think he means by this?
4Day ThreeChapters 1-8What clues does Sal give us that she was very close to her mom? What similarities do they share?
5Day FourChapters 9-16There has always been a difference in opinions as to what we should call the native peoples of our land. Sal and her mother preferred Indians to Native Americans. Why? How do you think we should refer to these native people? Explain your opinion.
6Day FiveChapters 9-16Gramps bought Sal a peace pipe that he said was "not for smoking with, it's for remembering with." What did he mean by that? Name a souvenir that you own and describe what you remember from it.
7Day SixChapters 9-16At the end of Chapter 16, why do you think the whispers Sal heard no longer said, "hurry, hurry or rush, rush", but instead they now said, "slow down, slow down"?
8Day SevenChapters 17-23The third message that arrives says, "In the course of a lifetime, what does it matter?" This makes Sal think about her mother leaving and how much that matters over the course of a lifetime. What are some things you do or decisions that you make that would matter over the course of your lifetime?
9Day EightChapters 17-23Sal's father said they had to leave because his wife was haunting him day and night. "She's in the fields, the air, the barn, the walls, the trees." What did he mean by all of this?
10Day NineChapters 24-30The fourth message that appeared at the Winterbottom's home was: You can't keep the birds of sadness from flying over your head, but you can keep them from nesting in your hair. In your own words, explain what you think this means.
11Day TenChapters 24-30While Mr. Birkway's class is discussing "The Tide Rises, The Tide Falls" by Longfellow, Ben suggests that dying can be normal and terrible. Sal thinks about this concept later on. Explain how something can be both normal and terrible at the same time.
12Day ElevenChapters 31-38We never know the worth of water until the well is dry. Explain what this saying means. Use an example from your own life to help explain it.
13Day TwelveChapters 31-38In the beginning of Chapter 34, Sal says "that next day was probably one of the best and surely the worst, in Gram's and Gramps's lives." Explain what she meant.
14Day Thirteen Chapters 39-44 While Sal is looking after the beagle that reminded her of Moody Blue, she thinks about her mother's trip to Idaho. She says that, "Maybe part of it was for my mother and part of it was for me." What do you think she meant by that?
15Day Fourteen Chapters 39-44 By the end of the story, Sal has learned several lessons about herself and her family and friends. What are some of those discoveries?