Where the Red Fern Grows

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					Where the Red Fern Grows

     Chapter VIII (8)
Lantern
Cleaned my boots until they were
 as soft as a hummingbird’s nest
Grinding my ax
These wonderful thoughts made me
feel just about as big as our old red
                mule.
Papa lit my lantern. He said, “I’d
like to see a big coonskin on the
        smokehouse wall.”
Big grinning Ozark moon, soft
  yellow glow, starlit heaven
Every nerve in my body was drawn
   up as tight as a fiddle string.
Tall sycamores gleamed like white
           streamers
A prowling skunk
A night hawk had found his
          supper.
They were out on an old drift,
      sniffing around.
She came out on a gravel bar…
He came out of
 the river onto
 a sandbar.



He sailed over
 the log jam.
Large water oak
Bear   Lion
Big Coon
Sycamore (Giant of them all)
Birch, Ash, Box Elder, and Water Oak
My ax was sharp and the chips flew.
My back felt like someone had pulled
  a plug out of one end of it and
      drained all the sap out.
Lunch Bucket
Her blue eyes got as big as a
        guinea’s egg
 “If that tree takes a notion to
fall, it’ll mash you flatter than a
            tadpole’s tail.”
          Chapter 8 Vocabulary
   1. rodent – a small animal with large gnawing
    teeth
   2. riffle- water running over rocks

   3. guinea’s egg- egg belonging to a guinea

   Why did Billy decide to cut down “the big
    sycamore tree” ?

				
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