Section 1: Chapters 1-3
- punctual: to be on time
- compass: a device that shows direction
- inconvenient: difficult or annoying
- obliged: to have to do something
- queer: strange or odd
- hold: storage space under a boat’s deck
- The vacuum cleaner made a queer noise when the bag was clogged.
- It was inconvenient for Cindy to drive across town to deliver lunch.
- It is important to be punctual on the first day of school.
- Joseph felt obliged to help the kind old lady across the street.
- The ship’s captain used a compass to help him navigate the long ocean journey.
- The cargo headed for Japan was loaded into the ship’s hold.
- The old alley cat is surprised that the little boy cared about her. (pg. 9)
- The cat saw something on Wild Island that made her want to weep. (pg. 13)
- A very wide and muddy river practically cuts Wild Island in two. (pg. 15)
- The crocodiles don’t help because they are moody and not dependable, and they are always looking for food. (pg. 16)
- The old alley cat promises the dragon that she will help him someday. (pg. 18)
- Elmer hides on the ship for six days and six nights. (pg. 22)
- The fisherman shakes because everyone who has tried to explore Wild Island has not come back alive. (pg. 26)
Section 2: Chapters 4-5
- trundle: to roll slowly along
- scarce: not plentiful
- contradict: to argue against
- solemn: serious and dignified
- trespass: to enter without permission
- retire: to go away and be alone
- On a desert island, ice cream is scarce.
- The adorable toddler would happily trundle through the zoo holding her mother’s hand.
- At the funeral, the minister had a very solemn look.
- It is not wise to contradict an expert mathematician about the answer to a problem.
- After a long day of work grandpa decided to retire to his bedroom.
- When the ball went into the neighbor’s yard they did not want to trespass, so they asked the owner’s permission to get the ball.
- Elmer will walk along the beach to find the river. (pg. 31)
- The tortoise thinks Elmer is carrying his grandmother on his back, to take her to the doctor. (pg. 33)
- The two wild boars say there were three signs of a recent invasion. (pg. 36)
- Elmer learns that he should save his tangerine peels. (pg. 37)
- Elmer is getting farther away from the river because the swamp was becoming deeper and the jungle was too thick to see the river. (pg. 39)
- Elmer runs into seven tigers when he comes to the clearing. (pg. 41)
- Elmer gives the tigers chewing gum so they will not eat him. (pg. 44)
Section 3: Chapters 6-7
- clearing: an open area of land
- lookout: watching carefully
- afoot: in process
- suspicious: believing that something is wrong
- pearly: a pale, grayish-white color
- invasion: a hostile entry of an enemy
- The marble sculpture was a beautiful pearly color.
- The invasion of ants was a disappointment at the family picnic.
- The children were on the lookout for the missing puzzle piece.
- The missing chocolate bar made mother suspicious.
- The dark sky look as though there was a storm afoot.
- The helicopter was able to land safely in the clearing.
- Elmer decides to follow the trail no matter what because it might lead him to the dragon. (pg. 48)
- When Elmer stops to get a drink in the brook, something sharp picks him up by his pants. (pg. 50)
- Elmer helps the rhinoceros by helping him to clean his tusk with tooth paste and a toothbrush. (pg. 53)
- The lion is angrily roaring because his mane is full of blackberry twigs and he can’t get them out. (pg. 57)
- The lion is afraid his mother will stop giving him allowance when she sees his messy mane. (pg. 59)
- Elmer helps the lion by giving him a brush, a comb, and ribbons to fix his messy mane. (pg. 60)
- The lion is busy grooming his mane and doesn’t notice when Elmer leaves. (pg. 61)
Section 4: Chapters 8-10
- dozen: twelve of something
- parade: a festive, public procession
- dignified: respectable and stately
- magnify: to enlarge
- bellow: a deep loud roar
- moody: to change moods often
- The marching bands in the parade were entertaining.
- My mother received a special price when she bought a dozen donuts.
- The boy liked to magnify insects so that he could draw pictures of them.
- The family invited the dignified woman to dinner to discuss the book she wrote.
- The child was moody for most of the day because he could not watch television.
- When the bull was angry you could hear him bellow from the other side of the farm.
- The lioness is too busy looking dignified to see Elmer. (pg. 66)
- The gorilla’s problem is that he has a flea on his chest. (pg. 68)
- Elmer helps the gorilla by giving magnifying glasses to the six monkeys to find the fleas. (pg. 70)
- Elmer decides to cross the river by climbing the pole and walking across the rope to get to the dragon. (pg. 74)
- The crocodile asks Elmer to come into the river for a swim because he is hungry for something sweet. (pg. 75)
- The animals think the invasion is after their dragon. (pg. 79)
- Elmer and the dragon laugh themselves weak after seeing the line of crocodiles sucking lollipops and all the screaming animals on top of them. (pg. 86)