Mr. And Mrs. Bunny - Detectives Extraordinaire!

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This free digital curriculum for elementary school students contains interactive videos exploring summarizing and point of view, as well as annotations describing how to visualize and ask questions. Students will explore the themes of friendship and self-reliance. The Common Core aligned questions, answers and quizzes in this free online unit will increase student engagement in the book while supporting reading comprehension.

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Summer Solstice

This map shows where Hornby Island is located. (This annotation contains an image)
How is Madeline different from her classmates? 
Did you know that you can look up any word in the text of the book or the text of the questions and answers? Just click (or press on mobile devices) the word you want to define and hold until the blue text selector pops up. When you release, a define option will appear. Since it's so easy to look up words, make sure you use this feature frequently... Is there a word on this page you need to look up? 
Use the Define feature to determine the definition of the word luminaries. What are luminaries? 
Figuring out who is telling the story helps with your comprehension. This skill is called point of view. The video below explains the different points of view found in novels.  (This annotation contains a video)
From which point of view is this story told? 

The Surprise

The first chapter of this story contains people talking about real-life events. This chapter has bunnies talking, which does not happen in real life. Therefore, this novel is a fantasy. 
What clue below lets you know this story is a fantasy? 
Why is Mrs. Bunny so disturbed by the idea of foxes? 
"Bunny Austen books" is a reference to series of books written by Jane Austen, a famous author. This website tells more about Jane and her books.  (This annotation contains a link)


This video shows a Luminara procession.  (This annotation contains a video)
Compare the Luminara procession from the video with Madeline's description on this page.  
The Luminara festival on the island brings people from all over to the tiny town. Do you think you would visit the island for the festival? 
What clues does the author give to let you know that the foxes are real and not people dressed up? 
Good readers ask themselves questions as they read. This video will explain why that is important.  (This annotation contains a video)
Why does Grand Poobah think Mildred and Flo will help him? 
It appears that the foxes and the humans are having two different conversations. The foxes think the humans are lying, when in fact the humans are just extremely forgetful! If you are confused by this storyline, reread the section. Good readers reread when they are confused or misunderstanding what they are reading. 
Why did the author leave a space above this sentence? 
Remember, Madeline lives on an island. The only way to the mainland, where Uncle Runyon lives, is by ferryboat. This picture shows what a ferry looks like. It carries people and vehicles. (This annotation contains an image)
Why is it surprising that Madeline made it right into Uncle Runyon's bedroom? 
The uncle is not taking Madeline seriously. It could be because he is sick with a fever, or because he is old and not of a right mind. Either way she needs him to focus and help her. 
Madeline says Uncle Runyon "looks like a deranged basset hound." How does she think he is looking? 
Do you think Uncle Runyon will help Madeline with a plan? Or do you think he is just saying what she wants to hear? Read on to find out. 
What big clue does Madeline possess? 
People with pneumonia rarely fall into a coma. If Uncle Runyon's doctor thought he was ill enough to fall into a coma, he would be hospitalized. Remember, though, that this story is a fantasy. Anything can happen! 

Mr. and Mrs. Bunny Become Detectives!

Think about the title of this chapter and Madeline's problem in the previous chapter. How do you think the Bunny couple's story and Madeline's story will come together? 
Do you know what the slot in the car is for? 
Why are the Bunny's excited to see a hat store? 
Here is a picture of a fedora.  (This annotation contains an image)
How does Mrs. Bunny's attitude change while she has been in the store? 
In the end, Mrs. Bunny exchanged the hat to the one she likes best, even if it does not fit the "detective style." This proves Mr. Bunny's point that she really wanted to shop, not necessarily become a detective. 

The Case of the Large Amount of Smoke

Who is under the blanket? 
In novels, it is important to determine the theme or central message. The video below explains theme.  (This annotation contains a video)
What does interposed mean? 
Keep in mind that Madeline is a human and humans are a lot bigger than bunnies. It must be alarming when she bends over Mrs. Bunny. (This annotation contains an image)
Why is Madeline choosing to trust the bunnies? 
Do you think Madeline is a bunny whisperer? Or do you think there is another reason she can understand the bunnies? 
Quiz for Section 1 

Mr. and Mrs. Bunny Are Hired

What is Madeline's problem? 
This is a picture of a crowbar.  (This annotation contains an image)
Why are the bunnies lying? 
The Bunnies are jumping to conclusions about why Madeline needs their help. They are excited about their first real case, but as good detectives, they need to learn to listen. 
How can Mr. and Mrs. Bunny help Madeline? 
The bunnies are willing to help Madeline, and she can help them figure out their new car. 
Which word below is an antonym for innate? 
Writing a summary of a chapter or novel shows your understanding of the story.  (This annotation contains a video)
Write a summary of this chapter. Include all of the important details from the beginning, middle, and end of the chapter. 

The Coded Message

The author is making Mr. and Mrs. Bunny seem as human as possible. Now they have neighbors visiting, which is something that happens in the real world. 
What is Mrs. Treaclebunny's main purpose for visiting? 
A coma is a serious medical condition, but Mr. and Mrs. Bunny are trying to make it seem not so serious. 
What type of greyhounds are the bunnies using to visit the prince? 
It has not been stated how the bunnies make money, but they must have some funds in order to pay for a new cottage with plumbing. 
The bunnies are treating Madeline like _____________. 

The Marmot

Characters in a novel have to overcome conflicts, or obstacles. This video explains different literary conflicts.  (This annotation contains a video)
What conflict is Madeline facing? 
Mr. Bunny does not think highly of marmots, but he must push those thoughts aside to get the help for Madeline. Below is picture of a real marmot.  (This annotation contains an image)
The Marmot is using one definition of grave and Mrs. Bunny is using another. Which word below best describes Mrs. Bunny's meaning of grave? 
Even though Madeline's previous trip to a restaurant was cut short, she still fondly remembers the event. 
The illustration of the Marmot in disguise helps you _______________. 
Baked Alaska is ice cream and cake topped with browned meringue. Sometimes it is lit on fire.  (This annotation contains an image)
What do you think happened to The Marmot? What clues from the chapter lead you to predict this? 

Madeline Hypnotizes a Marmot

Why would Mr. Bunny leave the keys in the car? It is understandable why he would leave the very large, purple driving shoes, but most people and bunnies take the keys with them. 
Why did The Marmot sneak away from the restaurant? 
Madeline is having a hard time calling marmot "The" since "the" is a very common word. Do you think you would have the same difficulty Madeline is having? 
Why is Madeline trying to hypnotize The Marmot? 
Madeline is showing she is a very patient person. She is taking her time with The Marmot, even though she is probably feeling frustrated with the slowness of the conversation. 
How did The Marmot use the recipe card? 

The Dreaded Envelope

Downward dog is a yoga position.  (This annotation contains an image)
How do you know the setting of the story has changed? 
Have you ever tried to communicate with someone who speaks another language? If you have, you can make a connection with Flo and Mildred. This video explains the different types of connections readers can make to stories.  (This annotation contains a video)
Why are Mildred and Flo unable to understand Fox? 
Mrs. Treaclebunny is turning out to be a very annoying neighbor. Why do you think Mrs. Bunny is still being kind to her? 
A classmate is reading this story. He says The Marmot reminds him of his brother. His brother is extremely picky with his food, just like The Marmot. What kind of connection is your classmate making? 
Madeline is being kind and patient with The Marmot. She is even sympathizing with him. 
Flounder is a multiple meaning word. What is the meaning of flounder as it is used in this story? 
Quiz for Section 2 

Mrs. Bunny Worries That Prison Will Be Bad for Her Complexion

Do you think the council should say why the bunnies are being summoned? Or do you think it is okay to leave that part out? 
Why does Mrs. Bunny not want to be shunned? 
Mrs. Bunny is not doing a very good job of keeping the summons a secret. She keeps thinking and talking about it. 
Why is Mrs. Bunny blushing? 
When an author writes words in all capitals, she is letting you know the words are said loudly. Reread this paragraph aloud and say the capitalized words loudly. 

Someone is Imprisoned and It Isn’t the Bunnys

What does this paragraph say about Mr. Bunny? 
The note is an important clue to the mystery. Reread it to make sure you understand and remember the details. 
An antonym (opposite) for foe is ________. 
What is the effect of Madeline sneaking out by herself? 
In this paragraph, Madeline makes some discoveries about herself. This is an important paragraph to help you understand Madeline's thoughts. 

The Bunny Council

Why does Mr. Bunny not want to wear overalls? 
Polly Horvath, the author, describes the council as being up high. This allows them to look down on the bunnies they summon and make themselves seem more important. 
Why does the council yawn when Mr. Bunny talks? 
The way the council stresses "friend" makes it seem like a bad word. Having a friend is a very good thing for bunnies and people. 
What is the outcome of Mr. Bunny's summons? 
Can you think of a good way for Mrs. Bunny to get Mr. Bunny to stop talking? 
Why does Mrs. Bunny faint? 
Who do you think is in the doorway? Read on to find out.  (This annotation contains an image)

A Clue!

Why is Mrs. Bunny discussing the voice-changing box with The Marmot? 
Trap is a multiple meaning word. This video explains how to determine what a word means by using clues in the story.  (This annotation contains a video)
What does the word defend mean as it is used in this sentence? 
What do you think Mrs. Treaclebunny will think of this idea? Will she like it or be offended? 
Why are the bunnies putting rubber in their bonnets? 
An ocean view is a prized view for bunnies, and most humans.  (This annotation contains an image)

Pushing the Panic Button

Why is Mr. Bunny pulling apart the bonnets? 
It seems Mrs. Bunny's idea of putting all of the items and food on her doorstep did not go over too well with Mrs. Treaclebunny. 
What is the problem with selling the factory on Craigslist? 
Mrs. Treaclebunny probably has a motorized scooter like the one pictured below.  (This annotation contains an image)
Why are the rabbits dressed as hounds? 
Mrs. Treaclebunny is not taking any chances. She wants to get to the factory quickly so she does not miss the action. 
Why is Mildred annoyed with Flo? 
SWAT realizes what Flo and Mildred do not; Madeline needs reassurance and comfort. 
What is a furatologist? 
Do you think Madeline's parents have learned anything while they were kidnapped? 
Why is it hard for Flo to believe bunnies talk? 
Mrs. Bunny is showing a grumpy side. Her need to defend Madeline is bringing out different and new aspects of her personality. 
Why does the author state that Uncle Runyon "rolled his eyes"? 
In many detective stories, the butler has a major connection to the crime. Mr. Bunny is still trying to connect Jeeves to the kidnapping, even though he had nothing to do with it. 
Why are the bunnies and Madeline going to Comox? 
Prince Charles is the Prince of England.  (This annotation contains an image)
What do you think Prince Charles's reaction will be to finding out who made Madeline's shoes? 
Madeline is finally making a good friend at school. 
What is the most important event in this novel? Why? 
Quiz for Section 3