Where the Red Fern Grows
Chapter VIII (8)
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
Papa lit my lantern. He said, “I’d
like to see a big coonskin on the
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
A prowling skunk
A night hawk had found his
They were out on an old drift,
She came out on a gravel bar…
He came out of
the river onto
He sailed over
the log jam.
Large water oak
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.
Her blue eyes got as big as a
“If that tree takes a notion to
fall, it’ll mash you flatter than a
Chapter 8 Vocabulary
1. rodent – a small animal with large gnawing
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” ?