Section 1: Chapters 1-3
- cloak: a long, loose cape
- timid: shy and without courage
- narrow: very small in width
- weary: having no energy
- wise: having good sense and judgment
- travel: to journey from place to place
- Every summer my family likes to travel across the United States.
- The space between the cars in the small garage is too narrow to walk through
- The little girl felt timid about dancing in front of her friends.
- Mark’s wise grandfather told him to read a book instead of complaining about being bored.
- The actress put on her long, black cloak before stepping out onto the stage.
- After playing baseball all day, the boys were feeling weary.
- Sarah’s mother puts a cloak around her when she starts her journey. (pg. 1)
- Sarah and her father are going into the wilderness in Connecticut to build a house. (pg. 2)
- Sarah wants her father to tell her about home when she can’t fall asleep the first night. (pg. 3)
- Lemuel says the Indians will skin Sarah and eat her alive when she lives in the woods. (pg. 10)
- Sarah sees pictures of miles of trees in the wilderness, and men moving behind the trees. (pg. 12)
- Sarah and her father will live in a cave while they are building the new house. (pg. 14)
- Sarah’s father tells her they will treat the Indians with kindness. (pg. 18)
Section 2: Chapters 4-6
- coast: the land near the seashore
- plot: a small area of ground
- porridge: a thick soft food like oatmeal
- odor: a strong smell
- rustle: a soft shuffling sound
- echo: a sound that repeats
- During the summer my family always takes a drive up the coast to see the sea lions molt.
- The skunk that wandered into Jill’s backyard gave off a very strong odor.
- When Travis spoke loudly in the empty parking garage he could hear his voice echo.
- My mother has planted a small plot in our backyard with tomato and herb plants.
- I like to make the dry leaves rustle along the sidewalk by kicking them.
- Every morning in the winter we eat porridge with brown sugar and milk.
- Sarah cooks a pot of bean porridge for dinner their first night in the cave. (pg. 20)
- A skunk causes the strange odor that makes Sarah choke. (pg. 22)
- Sarah decides to read Bible stories after her father leaves to begin working on the new house. (pg. 24)
- The Indian children run away after Sarah reads to them because her voice is impatient toward them for not speaking English. (pg.28)
- Sarah tries teaching the Indian children English words (pg. 29)
- The Indian children teach Sarah where to find the wild strawberries. (pg. 30)
- Sarah goes to Tall John’s house when she visits the Indian village. (pg. 32)
Section 3: Chapters 7-9
- scarlet: a bright red color
- fetch: to go after and bring back
- frost: an icy layer
- mount: to get up onto something
- solemn: being very serious
- dew: drops of moisture
- My dog loves to fetch the tennis ball every time I throw it.
- Early in the morning there are little drops of dew on our grass.
- Little Red Riding Hood’s cape is a deep scarlet color.
- During winter, my dad has to wipe the frost off of our car’s windshield before he leaves for work.
- Lucy was feeling very solemn about losing her favorite toy.
- The first thing my riding teacher taught me was how to safely mount my horse.
- Tall John and his squaw will take care of Sarah while her father goes away. (pg. 36)
- Sarah feels afraid of living with Tall John. (pg. 36)
- The Indians eat with their hands and they do not use plates. (pg. 39)
- Sarah kneels down beside the bed and prays before she goes to bed. (pg. 40)
- Sarah is most afraid of the Indians from the North coming down. (pg. 43)
- Sarah’s father is watching her as she plays the pebble game with the Indian children. (pg. 46)
- Sarah keeps on her moccasins as she gets dressed to see her family. (pg. 46)
Section 4: Chapters 10-11
- wade: to walk through water
- fret: to fuss
- outlandish: looking strange or unfamiliar
- firm: solid and strong
- quilt: a stitched cloth blanket
- peg: a small wooden hook
- Every Christmas my grandma makes a handmade quilt for each grandchild.
- John’s mother would often fret when he snowboarded on steep hills.
- When Robert squeezed his dad’s arm muscles, they felt very firm.
- At the birthday party, there was a clown wearing a very outlandish outfit.
- Megan would always hang her keys on the peg so she wouldn’t lose them.
- To get to the other side of the creek, we had to wade in cold and mossy water.
- Sarah says “Going home” over and over to herself while riding on Tall John’s shoulders. (pg. 47)
- Sarah first sees her mother standing in the doorway of the log house. (pg. 47)
- Tall John calls Sarah his daughter as he sets her down. (pg. 49)
- Sarah hopes her mother has brought her doll Arabella from their old home. (pg. 50)
- Sarah’s mother calls Tall John and his family “savages.” (pg. 51)
- Sarah tells Arabella not to be afraid and to keep up her courage. (pg. 52)
- Sarah wants to be a mother and a teacher when she grows up. (pg. 52)