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by Kathi Appelt
| Item # Q3790
Underneath Q3790
Format: Paperback
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PRE-READING ACTIVITY1. The action in the book takes place in the marshy swampland and deep forests of Texas's bayou region. Research bayous and their ecosystems and prepare a report. In what parts of the world do bayous exist? What kinds of plants and animals live in bayous? How are bayous similar to and different from other ecological environments -- for example, what do bayous have in common with the Florida Everglades, and how do the two areas differ?2. Long before the Europeans settled along the Gulf Coast, a varied group of Native Americans live in the piney woods of East Texas and Louisiana. They were collectively known as the Caddo. It was from the Caddo language that the name for the state of Texas came about. The name meant "friend." In fact, the Caddo were known as a friendly people. Even though Hawk Man and his family weren't Caddo themselves, they might have been welcome in a Caddo village, just as the later Europeans were welcomed. Research the Caddo. There are hardly any left in their original homeland, and they have mostly settled in Oklahoma and Mexico. Why did they leave? What were some of the things that they were famous for? How did they learn to survive in the marshy swamps of their native territory?DISCUSSION TOPICS1. Grandmother Moccasin and her daughter Night Song arelamia,half-serpent and half-human. Hawk Man is also an "animal of enchantment" [page 61], having been a bird before turning into a man. If you could be a shape-shifter, which animal would you choose to become? What do you think of the shape-shifter rule: "Once a creature of enchantment returns to its animal form, it cannot go back" [page 47]? If you were Hawk Man or his daughter, would you have become an animal again, even if it meant you could never return to your human form?2. Until he meets Mama the calico cat, Ranger the bloodhound doesn't realize how lonely he is; Ranger muses that when Mama found him, he "didn't know that he needed to not be so solitary until at last he wasn

Product Information

  • AR Level5.2
  • AR Quiz Number122589
  • AR Quiz Points9
  • AuthorKathi Appelt
  • Guided Reading LevelY
  • Page Count336
  • ISBN101416950591
  • ISBN139781416950592
  • PublisherSimon & Schuster Children's Publishing
  • Year Published2010
  • Grade Level5 - 9
  • Type of BookFiction
  • SubjectGeneral fiction (Children's/YA)
    Animal stories (Children's/YA)
    Adventure stories (Children's/YA)
  • Lexile Level830
  • IllustratorDavid Small
  • ImprintAtheneum Books for Young Readers

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