Section 1: Chapters 1-4
- cross: annoyed or angry
- blessing: something that helps you
- journal: a book of personal experiences
- prairie: large flat land covered in grasses
- shingles: thing building material covering a roof
- dozens: more than one quantity of 12
- A hurricane blew off all the shingles from our roof.
- Evelyn has written diligently in her journal for years.
- The vast American prairie is home to many species.
- Our mother reminded us to count our blessings.
- The Williams family had been camping dozens of times over the years.
- Jamie said some very cross words to his sister.
- The dogs want to be in the pictures with Papa and Sarah on the porch. (p. 4)
- Caleb keeps repeating the phrase “happily ever after” through the summer and fall. (p. 8)
- Papa tells Sarah she shouldn’t wash the floor anymore because they need to save water. (p. 10)
- Sarah tells Caleb that Papa’s life was between the lines. (p. 13)
- Sarah’s cat, Seal, has been visiting the orange cat named Sam at Maggie’s house. (p. 16)
- Sarah’s aunts, Harriet, Mattie, and Lou, send them letters from Maine. (p. 22)
- Caleb comes in from outside after bedtime because he had something to do for Papa. (p. 25)
Section 2: Chapters 5-8
- granary: a building where grain is stored
- thread: a long thin line of something
- dreams: thoughts, visions, feelings that happen during sleep
- survive: to remain alive
- coyote: North American wild animal related to dogs
- phonograph: instrument that plays music
- A furry coyote walked into the pasture.
- If you get lost in the snow, you may not survive.
- The old granary caught fire with all the wheat inside.
- My grandma played records on her phonograph.
- Lori has scary dreams at night.
- The dust storm started as a thin thread of dirt spiraling up into the air.
- Sarah tells Maggie that she can’t give up everything she’s worked hard for. (p. 31)
- The good news Papa has found out is that Sarah’s birthday is coming soon. (p. 33)
- Papa throws Sarah to the ground because her skirt was on fire. (p. 36)
- Everyday the family has to haul water in big wooden barrels to give to the animals. (p. 42)
- Maggie compares Sarah to a prairie lark. (p. 45)
- Sarah stops Jacob from shooting the coyote because he only wanted water. (p. 49)
- Anna gives Sarah a book she has started writing about the family. (p. 53)
Section 3: Chapters 9-11
- corral: fenced area to hold animal
- clackety: a series of sharp sounds
- shutters: covers for a window
- silk: cloth made from silkworm threads
- tide: rising and falling movement of ocean levels
- independent: self-governing
- The queen had a vermillion dress made from silk cloth.
- Jonah left home to become independent.
- The toy truck made a clackety noise.
- When the tide goes out, rocky pools appear.
- One hundred horses were divided between ten corrals.
- The painters brushed blue paint on the shutters.
- Matthew and Maggie pack up and leave because their well went dry. (p. 56)
- Papa and Sarah tell the children they will have to go to Maine. (p. 60)
- Chub is wearing a vest with a gold chain across it when Sarah sees him at the train station. (p. 64)
- Sarah tells Caleb that they will love them and give them lots of kisses. (p. 66)
- Sarah walks by the water every day in the morning and the evening. (p. 69)
- Seal’s kittens are gray just like Seal. (p. 73)
- Caleb dreams that Papa looks for them but can’t find them. (p. 76)
Section 4: Chapters 12-15
- slicker: waterproof rain jacket
- buoy: a marker that floats on water
- driftwood: floating wood that has washed ashore
- lobster: ocean animal with large claws
- wonderful: extremely good
- wagon: a vehicle with four wheels pulled by animals
- Ships passed right and left of the buoy in the river.
- A most delicious soup is made with lobster meat.
- Josie wore her bright yellow rain slicker.
- It’s wonderful news that the baby was born.
- Four horses pulled a heavy wagon through the mud.
- Children were making a play house out of driftwood.
- Anna doesn’t tell Papa about the rain in her letter. (p. 80)
- Caleb says Aunt Lou looks like a big fish in the moonlight. (p. 82)
- Anna’s heart skips a beat when Caleb says it’s almost time for school to start. (p. 85)
- Caleb and William catch flounder. (p. 89)
- Caleb sees Papa at the top of the hill. (p. 90)
- Papa and Sarah tell the big news that they will have a baby in the spring. (p. 93)
- Sarah writes her name in the dirt. (p. 97)