Friday, August 16, 2013

Knucklehead Discussion Questions

After reading Knucklehead, answer the  following discussion questions:

1. Do you think that Knucklehead is a good or a bad name for this book?  Is knucklehead meant as an insult or a  compliment in this book?
2. Jim and John have to share a bedroom.  Do you share your bedroom with a sibling?  What is good or bad  about sharing a room?

3.  Jon’s mom taught the boys how to cook, read, and make decorations.  What have your parents taught you to do?

4.  What is your favorite story that Jon told?

5. Do you think that Jon’s parents or brothers would tell the same stories?  Do you think that the stories would still be funny?

6.  These are all true stories of Jon’s life growing up in the 1950’s.  Do you think that that he would have done the same types of things in the 2010’s?

7.  If you were writing a memoir (or autobiography) of your life right now, what kind of stories would you tell?

The Cricket in Time Square Discussion Questions


After reading The Cricket in Times Square, answer the following discussion questions:

1. How does Mario find Chester?  What does Mario do when he finds Chester?

2.  What is Chester’s special talent?

3. Why does Mama Bellini change her mind about Chester?

4 Why does Chester decide to retire?  Which is more important to you-being famous or being happy?

5.  What do you think will happen to the Bellinis when Chester leaves?

6. Do you think that the characters are happier at the end of the story than they were in the beginning?

7.  Who is your favorite character?  Why?

For more adventures of Chester Cricket, check out:

2. Tucker’s Countryside
3. Harry Cat’s Pet Puppy
4. Chester Cricket’s Pigeon Ride
5. Chester Cricket’s New Home
6. Harry Kitten and Tucker Mouse
7. The Old Meadow

Poppy and Rye Discussion Questions


After you have read Poppy and Rye, answer the following discussion questions:

1.  Clover has 63 children.  Would you like that many brothers and sisters?  Why would this be good or bad?

2.  How are Ragweed and his brother, Rye, different?  Alike?  Do you have a brother or sister?  Are you alike or  different?

3.  How does Thistle describe Rye?  Do you think this is true?  How would your family describe you?

4.  The motto of the beavers is “Progress Without Pain”.  Do you think that this is true in the story?  What about in real life?

If you would like to read the rest of the series, try:
1. Ragweed
2. Poppy
3. Ereth’s Birthday
4. Poppy’s Return
5. Poppy and Ereth