ONE NIGHT SOPHIE and her parents are called to a hospital where Pedro, 6-year-old Mexican boy, is recovering from dehydration. Crossing the border into Arizona with a group of Mexicans and a coyote, or guide, Pedro and his parents faced such harsh conditions that the boy is the only survivor. Pedro comes to live with Sophie, her parents, and Sophie's Aunt Dika, a refugee of the war in Bosnia. Sophie loves Pedro - her Principito, or Little Prince. But after a year, Pedro's surviving family in Mexico makes contact, and Sophie, Dika, Dika's new boyfriend, and his son must travel with Pedro to his hometown so that he can make a heartwrenching decision. From the Hardcover edition.
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Based on the highlighted section, what can you infer about Dika?
Below is a short video that reviews similes and metaphors. After watching the video, reread the highlighted paragraph. Can you find the metaphor? (This annotation contains a video)
Which of the following lines contains a simile?
Judging by the fact that the people washed their own dishes and sheets, you can infer that they are grateful for the food and the help given by Sophie's family.
Based on the highlighted text, what can you infer about Sophie?
It must be very hard for Pablo's family to consider letting him live with Sophie's family, but they know that he will have more opportunity if he stays in America.
Which of the following lines does not support the idea that Sophie is lacking self-confidence?
When the author gives you clues of something to come later in the story, it is called foreshadowing. Can you make a prediction about this clue?
Which of the following lines best expresses the tone of the chapter?
Think about the dangers that Sophie may face if she travels to Pablo's village. If you were her parents, would you be willing to let her go?
Which of the following lines from the text includes a simile?
What has suddenly caused Pablo to smile? Is it because of Angel or is it because he is going to his village? Could it be both?
Based on the photo above, as well as the highlighted text, what can you infer about Nogales, Mexico? Name at least three inferences you can make.
Use the image below along with the highlighted text to answer the question that follows. (This annotation contains an image)
Sophie doesn't mind when Angel calls her "lime-girl" since it makes her feel like someone is noticing her or like she belongs somewhere.
The Sierra Madre mountains are shown on the map below. Remember, Sophie's van has traveled from Tucson, Arizona, into Mexico. (This annotation contains an image)
Sophie seems to be insecure. Which of the following lines does not provide evidence that Sophie is insecure?
Even though Angel's parents thought they were being careful and were keeping him safe, he was too small for the rope to protect him. He is lucky that he was not killed when he fell.
Does it sound like Angel and his father plan on staying in Tucson? Why or why not? Use details from the novel to support your answer.
It's clear from the highlighted text that Sophie is very unsure of herself, and that she worries about many different things, even things that are beyond her control. Do you think she will ever be able to stop worrying so much?
Below is a short video that reviews imagery. After watching the video, can you find the imagery in the highlighted text? (This annotation contains a video)
What can you infer about the police officer based on the text?
In the highlighted text, the author continues to use a great deal of imagery. She has given so much detail that someone reading it could almost draw a picture of what the room looked like.
Which of the following character traits does not describe Angel?
E.E. Cummings (1894-1962) was a famous poet, playwright, painter, author, and essayist. Some of his most famous works are his poems. In much of his poetry, he used no capital letters and little or no punctuation. (This annotation contains an image)
Why do the girls think Sophie's "yellow hair" is so funny?
Sophie doesn't have a very high opinion of herself. She thinks that others do not notice her, and that she is plain. Angel's comments are making her begin to question her opinion of herself.
Which of the lines below contains a metaphor?
Think about what is happening to Sophie on this trip. How is she beginning to change?
Why does the author include the highlighted text?
Mr. Lorenzo and Dika have both suffered through terrible things in their lives. This might be the reason they are drawn together, since the both have suffered in the past, and they both feel lucky to be alive.
What does the author achieve by including the incident where Dika is frightened by the fireworks?
The picture below shows how the people were decorating the streets with the colored sawdust. (This annotation contains an image)
Which of the following does not support the statement that Sophie's mother and Juan are caring people?
Sophie is upset when she realizes that the beautiful artwork is being destroyed, but Angel seems to have realized it all along. Could this be an example of foreshadowing? Is there something else "beautiful" that might not last?
Based on the stories that Angel has told about his and his father's lives, what can you infer?
Imagine the surprise the others are feeling when they learn that Angel's mother may possibly still be alive. This news would be especially surprising to Dika.
Which of the following is an example of a simile?
You can infer by the highlighted text that the women are grateful for the way Sophie's family has cared for Pablo. You can also infer that they are kind, humble people because they are offering their home to the visitors.
Based on the highlighted text, what can you infer about what is happening to Sophie? Use the text to support your argument.
Why would Sophie be upset that Pablo hasn't asked her to read to him lately? What does she think this means?
Based on the dialogue between Sophie and Mr. Lorenzo, which of the following does not seem to be true?
A gypsy is a member of a group of traveling people. They often make a living by doing seasonal work, bartering, and fortune telling.
How does Sophie feel about herself as she is watching the others play basketball? Use at least two examples from the text to support your answer.
From the text, you can infer that Dika and Abuelita have become good friends.
Why are Mr. Lorenzo and Angel preparing to leave?
Below is a short video on finding theme in literature. Be sure to start thinking about themes in this novel as you continue reading. (This annotation contains a video)
Angel finally reveals to Sophie what is in the box. What can you infer based on this?
The northernmost of the Central American nations, Guatemala is the size of Tennessee. Its neighbors are Mexico on the north and west, and Belize, Honduras, and El Salvador on the east.
What does the dialogue between Sophie and Pablo reveal?
In different religions, people light candles and say prayers for others.
Based on what you know about Angel and Mr. Lorenzo, do you think something has happened to them, or do you think they have just decided to stay in their village? Support you answer with at least two examples from the text.
What could Abuelita's statement have meant? Do you think Angel and his father are alright?
Which of the following lines contains a simile?
If you were Sophie, what would you do? What do you think she will do?
How is Sophie different now than she was in the beginning of the novel?
Sophie is trying to be sure she will arrive before dark for her safety. The border is not always safe at night.
Based on the photo above and the highlighted text, you can tell that Angel's town is not safe. Which of the following is probably not a reason that Sophie so convinced to go there?
Below is a picture of Tecun Uman. Use the image and the highlighted text to answer the question that follows. (This annotation contains an image)
Below is an image of the bridge that people may cross by foot to go from Mexico to Guatemala. Remember, Sophie has arrived at night instead of during the day. (This annotation contains an image)
Which of the following themes is being developed in the novel?
Even though it might be scary for Sophie to get in the car with Rodrigo, it seems to be her only choice. If she doesn't, who knows what will happen to her in this dangerous area alone at night.
The highlighted text is an example of
Rodrigo and his aunt have been extremely kind to Sophie. He gave her food on the bus, helped her find her way and escape the bad men at the border, and took her to his aunt's. His aunt showed great kindness by allowing her to not only stay in her home, but to sleep in her bed while she slept on the floor.
Why is the lost backpack such a problem for Sophie?
Sophie has always been worried about dangers such as germs and death, even though she lived a very safe life before. Ironically, she is actually facing many of the fears that used to haunt her, and she is conquering them bravely.
The highlighted text is an example of which of the following?
Sophie wants to repay the family for helping by sharing her jewelry. The mother tells her that she doesn't need to give them anything. They helped Sophie out of kindness and expected nothing in return.
Sophie has come a long way on a dangerous trip to see Angel. What do you predict will happen when she opens the door? Use details from the novel to support your answer.
Think about everything that Sophie has learned since she left Tucson.
One of the themes in this book is depending on the kindness of others. Which of the other themes below has also been developed throughout the novel?
Think about everything that Mr. Lorenzo has been through. It must have been extremely difficult for him to have taken this attitude toward the bad things in his life, but this is the only way he would ever be able to find happiness.
Which of the following lines contains a simile?
Would this situation occur in an American hospital? Would a nurse leave a visitor to attend to a patient? What does this tell you about the hospital in Angel's town?
Think about what Sophie is doing here. Does it surprise you that she is acting this way? Use examples from the text to support your answer.
Consider how Angel will feel when he wakes up and finds one of his attackers in the same room as him.
Why is the nurse being so harsh with Angel and Mercurio?
Mr. Lorenzo is always telling Angel that he must learn to forgive and to let his heart fill with light. Maybe he has finally been able to let go of some of his anger.
Which of the following is the best summary of Angel and Mercurio's interactions?
Mr. Lorenzo misses Dika very much. Do you think Dika misses him just as much, or do you think she has started to forget about him?
Which of the following can not be said about Angel's mother based on the text?
The people were fortunate to have Dona Remedios to help them through the time after the soldiers came.
Why would Dona Remedios bring flowers to these graves every week?
Sophie has come a long way from the scared, worried person she used to be.
Based on everything that has happened, was it a good idea for Mr. Lorenzo and Angel to make the trip to their home? Use details from the text to support your answer.
How will Angel feel about his father marrying Dika?
Why does Sophie say she is trying to hold on to Pablo's smell?
This is a very difficult decision for someone Pablo's age to have to make. He is brave for making that decision.
Be sure to read on for the Epilogue.