Section 1: Chapters 1-3
- fine: good or acceptable
- creature: an animal
- sparrow: common bird
- christened: baptized
- fetch: go get something
- muffler: neck scarf
- My aunt wrapped the pink muffler around Sally’s neck.
- The little brown sparrow flew down from the tree.
- George owned a fine old pick-up truck.
- John asked Sarah to fetch his bike from the garage.
- Little boys and girls are being christened this Sunday.
- There are many small creatures in the forest.
- Jonathan is eight years old when he first goes over Hemlock Mountain. (ch. 1)
- Jonathan’s mother makes pumpkin, apple, and squash pies. (ch. 1)
- Jonathan and Uncle James hear the song sparrow say, “Put on the kettle, kettle, kettle!” (ch. 2)
- The raccoon picks up the apple with his paws and dips it in the water. (ch. 2)
- The aunts, uncles, and cousins want to have supper at the farmhouse after the christening. (ch. 3)
- Jonathan’s mother wants him to fetch the big iron pot from Aunt Emma. (ch. 3)
- Jonathan put cookies in his pocket in case he was late coming over the mountain. (ch. 3)
Section 2: Chapters 4-6
- nonsense: foolish idea
- company: to stay with
- enormous: great in size
- noble: good personal qualities
- arched: bent, curved
- pitcher: pouring container
- Carol used to keep her grandmother company while she lived alone.
- Mr. Dell lived a noble life as he helped people in need.
- It was nonsense to think he could hike for nine days without water.
- The children arched a piece of wood too far and it snapped.
- Grandmother kept a cold pitcher of water in the fridge.
- My daughter’s feet were enormous for her age.
- Jonathan repeats, “There are no bears on Hemlock Mountain, no bears at all.” (ch. 4)
- The squirrels look around with their paws on their hearts when they come for the nuts. (ch. 4)
- Jonathan sees his endless footprints in the snow. (ch. 5)
- Jonathan knows the sun is warmer on this side of the mountain when he hears the drip sound.(ch. 6)
- Jonathan feels the crumbs in his pocket and throws them to the birds.(ch. 6)
- Jonathan sniffs and says, “Smells good in here!” after being polite long enough. (ch. 6)
- Jonathan falls asleep after having cookies and milk in the rocking chair. (ch. 6)
Section 3: Chapters 7-8
- stretched: made long
- rumble: a low heavy sound
- puzzle: to confuse someone
- cross: angry
- pistol: a type of gun
- safe house: a hiding place
- Steve felt cross after he fell in the stream.
- Taylor stretched his legs after yoga.
- The witness to the crime was living in a safe house.
- Jim carried a pistol when he went hunting.
- Trucks rumble through the streets making noise.
- The story she told was like a puzzle, and we didn’t understand it.
- The big, black cat was also sleeping by the fire at Aunt Emma’s house. (ch. 7)
- Aunt Emma wonders if Jonathan came over just to eat her cookies. (ch. 7)
- Jonathan is quite sure that his aunt was thinking about bears when they said good-bye. (ch. 7)
- Jonathan is very cross with himself because he forgot to ask Aunt Emma to borrow the big iron pot. (ch. 7)
- Jonathan’s aunt begins to worry when he is out of sight. (ch. 7)
- When it starts to get dark, Jonathan hears a branch break as loud as a pistol shot. (ch. 8)
- Jonathan digs a hole, turns the iron pot upside down, and hides inside when he sees two bears coming nearer. (ch. 8)
Section 4: Chapters 9-10
- foolish: lacking good sense
- noise: a sound
- lumber: to move ponderously
- fright: scare
- hung: drooped
- proud: pleased with
- The old dog hung his head down all the time.
- Teddy was very proud of his children’s accomplishments.
- Sometimes people can have foolish ideas.
- We watched the elephant lumber around his pen.
- Jason hates loud noise.
- Albert gave me a fright when he suddenly appeared.
- Jonathan makes foolish words in order to keep up his courage. Or, Jonathan says, “There…Are…No…Bears…On…Hemlock…Mountain…No…Bears…At…All” in order to keep up his courage. (ch. 9)
- The bears were right beside the big iron pot when the sound stopped.(ch. 9)
- Jonathan remembers he is not alone when he hears the birds twittering and chattering / animals in the trees. (ch. 9)
- Jonathan hears the sound of boots on the snow away off in the distance. (ch. 9)
- When Jonathan says there are bears on Hemlock Mountain, his father says, “Stuff and nonsense!” (ch. 10)
- When Jonathan’s dad and uncles see the bear tracks, they say, “So! So-o-o!” (ch. 10)
- Jonathan could not explain how the birds, squirrels, and rabbits had helped him. (ch. 10)