Voigt crafts a novel about discovery, perspective, and the meaning of home--all through the eyes of an affable and worried little mouse. Illustrations.
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1 - Between the Walls
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Why do the mice visit the kitchen at night?
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Axle is bleeding. What does this detail suggest about Axle?
Parallelism (or parallel structure) is the use of components in a sentence that are grammatically the same or similar in their construction, sound, meaning or meter. Watch the video to learn more about parallelism. (This annotation contains a video)
How do the humans and the dogs differ from the cat? Use evidence from the text to support your answer.
Dialogue is the conversation between characters in a story.
Look at the image of Grandfather and Fredle. Grandfather looks serious while Fredle looks curious. Do you think Fredle will heed Grandfather's warning about NOT following Axle into trouble? Why or why not?
Without fear, a mouse is not ____________.
2 - The Peppermint Pattie
"Highest" is a superlative adjective. Superlative adjectives are used to compare three or more objects, people, or places. Using the superlative form takes a comparison to the highest degree possible. Watch the video to learn how to form superlative adjectives. (This annotation contains a video)
Why does Fredle wait before chewing on the new food?
Below is an image of a York Peppermint Pattie. (This annotation contains an image)
Fredle believes the new food __________.
Do you think Fredle will keep the food a secret?
The highlighted detail reveals that ______________.
Have you ever had a difficult time sleeping like Fredle is having?
What effect does the food have on Fredle?
"Whimper" is an example of onomatopoeia. Onomatopoeic words imitate the natural sound of a thing. Onomatopoeia creates a sound effect that mimics the thing described, making the description more expressive and interesting. Look at the poster below for more examples of onomatopoeia. (This annotation contains an image)
3 - Outside
Fredle does not want to be a _________ mouse.
Fredle is under a container. Do you think Mister and Missus are trying to catch him to take him outside?
Does this sentence contain parallel structure? Explain your answer.
Fredle is now outside in the yard. He has never been outside before. Do you think he will be able to survive?
Why is Fredle able to easily fall to sleep?
Fredle can hear the dogs talking to one another.
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of foraged. Which of the following is a synonym (word with similar meaning) for foraged?
Why does Fredle wish he could go back and change things? How would his situation be different?
4 - The Unknown and the Unexpected
The "dark shapes" Fredle sees are _______.
Do you think Sadie will find Fredle? If she does, what might she do to him?
Why does Fredle sympathize with Sadie?
The wall on the opposite side of his territory is compared to his white wooden wall using comparative adjectives. Comparative adjectives are used to compare two things. To form a comparative adjective, add -er to the end of one syllable words or add the word "more" before multisyllabic words. For example, "She is more beautiful than a flower." Watch the video for more examples of comparative adjectives. (This annotation contains a video)
Why does Fredle believe it is not a mouse who left food for him?
How is the outside different now?
How might Fredle feel about meeting another mouse?
5 - Bardo
Why is the mouse bringing food to Fredle?
Why does Fredle NOT understand grass, stars, and winter?
Why is it important for Bardo to teach Fredle about birds and other outdoor things?
Why are field mice brown instead of gray? Use evidence from the text to support your answer.
What does Bardo mean by "I'm your go-between?"
Bardo believes that Fredle ___________.
How does Fredle feel about asking questions?
Which of the five senses is Sadie using to find the mouse?
Using context clues, what do you think "compost" means?
Why does Bardo say the barn cat will go for Fredle before him?
Why does Bardo show Fredle where the compost pile is?
Why is compost important to mice?
Do you think Fredle will ever see Bardo again?
6 - Alone
What does Fredle say is the cause of the mess he is in?
Have you ever felt afraid like Fredle? If so, how might thinking about "other things" help get rid of fear?
Why does Fredle think it is safe to stick his head through the lattice?
How does Fredle feel at this point in the story?
Why does Fredle feel lonely? How is his life outside different from life inside the house? Cite evidence from the text to support your response.
An adjective is a word that describes, identifies, modifies, or quantifies a noun or a pronoun. In the phrase, "the black cat," the word "black" is an adjective because it describes the cat. An adjective usually comes before the noun it pertains to. Watch the video to learn more about adjectives. Can you identify some adjectives in the highlighted text? (This annotation contains a video)
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of gabble. Which of the following is an antonym (word with opposite meaning) for gabble?
How does Fredle's sleep pattern compare to a baby's sleep pattern?
Fredle is having a good day until he sees something. What causes his good mood to change to loneliness?
How are the stars in the sky like Fredle's loneliness?
7 - Neldo
What do you infer the "larger brightness" is?
Why is Fredle excited to hear the voices of mice?
Identify and state two superlative adjectives in the highlighted text. How do you know these words are superlative adjectives?
Is Bardo a true friend to Fredle? What evidence from the text supports your answer?
Based on the context of the sentences, "went" most likely means _________.
This mouse snuck in to Fredle's territory while he was at the compost pile with Bardo. Do you think this was Bardo's plan?
Which word BEST describes the interaction between Fredle and Neldo?
Why does Neldo have messed up ideas about Fredle? Do you think it has to do with what Bardo has told her?
What are survival instincts? Cite evidence from the text to support your response.
Both the house mice and the outside mice push their weak mice out of the nest. This is one similarity the two types of mice have in common.
8 - Around Front
The highlighted detail reveals that _______________.
How would this rule help save a mouse's life?
How are outside cats and inside cats alike?
What is Neldo's motive for showing Fredle the woodshed and the barn? Do you think she is trying to protect him?
Make a comparison between Fredle's home behind the lattice to Neldo's home in the woodshed. Use evidence from the text to explain how the homes are alike and how they are different.
Imagery is the use of figurative language to create visual representations of actions, objects and ideas in our mind in such a way that they appeal to our physical senses. How does the author's use of imagery help you "see" what Fredle sees?
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of impenetrable. Which of the following phrases is the opposite of impenetrable?
What do you think Fredle is about to run into? A snake? A cat?
According to Angus, cats hunt _________.
Why does Patches seem to lose interest in Fredle?
What events lead Neldo to believe that Fredle is a lucky mouse? Do you think Fredle is lucky?
Why is Fredle upset with Neldo?
9 - Helping Sadie
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of vehement. Which of the following is a synonym (word with similar meaning) as vehement?
Why does Fredle believe living in the woodshed is more dangerous than living inside?
Third-person point of view is that of an outsider looking at the action. The writer may choose third-person omniscient, in which the thoughts of every character are open to the reader, or third-person limited, in which the reader enters only one character's mind, either throughout the entire work or in a specific section. Watch the video and then answer the question below. (This annotation contains a video)
From which point of view is this story written?
What does Fredle notice about himself?
Why do you think Fredle does not tell Bardo and Neldo about the apple peels?
Why do you think Fredle wants to help Sadie?
Why is Fredle running to Sadie?
Do you think Fredle did the right thing by biting Sadie? Why or why not?
Why does Fredle return to his nest to sleep?
10 - The Way In
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of foolhardy. Which of the following is a synonym (word with similar meaning) for foolhardy?
Personification is a figure of speech in which a thing, an idea, or an animal is given human attributes. The non-human objects are portrayed in such a way that we feel they have the ability to act like human beings. Here, the wind is given the ability to "whisper." Watch the video to learn more about personification. (This annotation contains a video)
How does Sadie differ from Angus?
Who are the robbers that Angus and Sadie are barking at in the yard?
Why does Fredle NOT notice the people talking?
What do you think will happen to Fredle now?
Based on the details in the text, do you think Fredle sees a raccoon? (This annotation contains an image)
The conversation between the raccoons is an example of ________________.
Do you think the raccoons will eat Fredle?
Why do the raccoons seem huge to Fredle?
11 - The Rowdy Boys
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of "predawn." What time of day is it at this point in the story?
Which raccoon is the leader of the pack?
What might happen to Fredle if the coonlets are allowed to see him?
Identify four adjectives in the highlighted sentence.
Why does Fredle think he should follow the stone wall?
Do you think the raccoons will look for Fredle when they wake up?
The details in the highlighted text reveal that _________________________.
Will Fredle be able to get some sleep?
12 - Living with Raccoons
Why does Rilf not allow Fredle to call him "captain?"
How does Rilf help Fredle?
How does Rilf demonstrate his leadership in the pack? Cite evidence from the text to support your response.
Will the captain allow the other raccoons to kill Fredle?
What causes Fredle to climb over the stone wall?
Do you think that humans planted the apple trees? Why or why not?
Raccoons are nocturnal animals. They hunt at night and sleep during the day.
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of fragile. Think of an antonym (word with opposite meaning) for fragile and type it below.
13 - The Moon’s Story
What does Fredle notice about the moon? Why is this important to him?
How does chocolate affect Fredle?
Why does Rilf think the other raccoons are bored with the story?
The highlighted text is an example of ___________________.
Does this sound like a fictional story that Rilf is telling Fredle?
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of brave. Which of the following words is a synonym (word with similar meaning) for brave?
What do you think about Rilf's moon story? Does it sound like a fable to you?
Why does Fredle believe the moon story is made up?
14 - Escape
Why does Fredle decide to make his escape in the morning?
Do you think Fredle will be able to escape without being noticed?
Why does a mouse cover distances more slowly and with more difficulty than a dog or raccoon?
Which of your senses does the author appeal to with "water rushing" and "rain falling down?"
Imagery is the use of figurative language to represent objects, actions and ideas in such a way that it appeals to our physical senses. Imagery makes use of particular words that create a visual representation of ideas in our minds. The word imagery is associated with mental pictures. (This annotation contains a video)
Who are the raccoons looking for?
15 - Downstream
Which do you think Fredle is? Lucky? Brave? Clever?
Why does the moon fascinate Fredle? Cite evidence from the text to support your response.
Why is the snake NOT interested in eating Fredle?
16 - In the Cellar
The use of "glad" at the beginning of each phrase is an example of parallel structure.
Why do the other mice stop talking?
Do you think Fredle will be able to get himself out of this situation? He was able to get away from the raccoons. If luck is with him, he may be able to climb out of the onion bin.
Which adjective is used to describe the smell of the onions?
Why do you think Fredle hesitates? Could he be nervous about meeting the mouselets?
How are the kitchen mice different from the cellar mice? Use evidence from the text to support your answer.
A predator is an animal that hunts and kills other animals primarily for food.
Why does Tarnu not understand what there is to see outside?
Fredle has learned many new things on his journey. Yet, he still says there are "lot and lots" of things he doesn't know. Why do you think he feels that way?
Who is asking Fredle the questions?
How does knowing about pipes help Fredle understand how to get water?
Does this sentence contain parallel structure? Yes or no? Explain your answer.
Watch the video from Ratatouille. Notice how important the combination of different food is to the mouse. How does this relate to the details in the highlighted text? (This annotation contains a video)
17 - The Way Up
Theme is the main idea or an underlying meaning of a literary work that may be stated directly or indirectly. Watch the video to learn more about theme and then answer the question below. (This annotation contains a video)
Which of the following themes can you identify in the story?
Why is having a companion important to Fredle?
Why does Fredle think going through the ceiling will get him upstairs?
Why does Linu say she would have to go back and tell the other mice where she was?
Which lesson has Fredle learned about reaching your destination?
18 - The Return
Where do you think Fredle is in the house?
The conversation between Mister and Missus is an example of ______________.
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of groped. Which of the following is a synonym (word with similar meaning) for groped?
What do you think Patches will do to Fredle if he finds him outside again?
19 - Home
How do Mother and Father react to seeing Fredle? Cite evidence from the text to support your response.
Why do Mother and Father question whether or not the mouse is Fredle?
Why is it important for Fredle to know that Axle is alright?
How does Fredle feel about being home?
How do Fredle's foraging skills differ from the other mouselets?
Why does Fredle wonder if his father is sorry that he has come back?
Have you ever gone to bed hungry?
How would you describe Fredle's sleep?
Why is Fredle sad?
Why does Fredle tell his Grandfather about the lattice wall?
Fredle is a _____________ character.
Static and dynamic characters: Watch the video and then answer the question below. (This annotation contains a video)
20 - In the End
Where are Mister and Missus taking the baby? What evidence from the text supports your answer?
What gets Fredle's attention?
What is Fredle's plan for getting to safety?
Why does Fredle appreciate colors?
Who do the heavy footsteps belong to?
Why does Fredle not understand that some things can be "fixed?"
Why are cellar mice able to gather together?
Why does Fredle ask his father if he can go back outside?
How has Axle changed since the beginning of the story? Cite evidence from the text to support your response.
How does Axle's idea of what is best for Fredle differ from his own idea?