Quote from story
Your response - how does she feel? Why do you think that?
“I swallow my groan” (page 2)
She feels bored and hot. I think that because people normally groan when they don’t like what is happening, so maybe she was bored in class and didn’t want to do what the teacher asked. The drought meant that the weather would be really hot.
“I flop across my desk like a dead fish” (page 2)
She flops on her desk because how hot and the fish flop when they die because of the temperature.
“Since Mum died, I’ve been staying over at Pete’s house until Dad gets home from work” (page 3)
She has been going to Pete's because her Mum has died, and Dad at work she can not stay home alone because it is not safe and it would be very scary.
“We roar and scream like a crowd at a rugby match when someone scores a try” (page 4)
Because it is known as a simile so this can be a good simile or it could be known as a very lonely simile.
“I wait for him to tell me to dig deep. I wait for him to tell me to use my imagination - but I guess it was Mum who said things like that.” (page 5)
She must be feeling down as she is missing her Mum, because her mum must have made her feel so happy and creative inside.
“Dad still hasn’t eaten anything, and there are big black bags under his eyes” (page 5)
There are big black bags under his eyes because he is feel exhausted.
“I pick up my pen and, trying not to think of Dad asleep at the table, or Mum dying, or the skinny sheep, I close my eyes” (page 6)
It is like she is saying that she has quite a lonely life, as many things has happened but she is still carrys on.
Reread this quote from page 6. Reflect on what hidden meaning is there.
“This time the story comes, but the drought in the story is dad’s. Like the ever-blue sky, he’s holding back tears. From time to time, a small cloud drifts by, but he blinks it away. Each time he does this, his sadness grows deeper. All he does is get up and go to work and come home and go to bed. Then one night, he falls into such a deep sleep, a cloud creeps by without him noticing. Then another comes, and another, and another. Fat white clouds at first, then grey ones, then black - and the blackest clouds are bursting with rain. The moment they burst, Dad cries.” (page 6)
Think about the questions below and write a paragraph (at least 100 words) to answer these questions. You can talk to a buddy about it, but use your own words.
- Why is dad holding back tears? Because he feels very insecure but he really wants to stay strong for his daughter even if his soulmate has passed away.
- Why does he blink away the clouds?He’s blinking it away to make it a brighter day because as a known fact clouds can get darker at least by one percent each day.
- Why is his sadness growing deeper?His sadness is growing deeper because he must be missing his love as she has passed away, while he must be trying hard to stay strong for his daughter,
- What metaphor is the girl trying to explain by talking about the clouds?The girl is trying to say is that the clouds can be in emotions too, as they turned into different colours as emotions can too.
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