The Penderwicks on Gardam Street

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THE PENDERWICK SISTERS are home on Gardam Street and ready for an adventure! But the adventure they get isn't quite what they had in mind. Mr. Penderwick's sister has decided it's time for him to start datingand the girls know that can only mean one thing: disaster. Enter the Save-Daddy Plana plot so brilliant, so bold, so funny, that only the Penderwick girls could have come up with it. It's high jinks, big laughs, and loads of family warmth as the Penderwicks triumphantly return.
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This free digital curriculum for elementary school students contains interactive videos exploring the multiple meaning words and character traits, as well as annotations about asking questions and making connections. Students will explore the themes of family and loyalty. 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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A prologue is a separate introductory section in a novel. In this section, the author is explaining an important part in the characters' lives that happens several years before the main part of the story. 
Why are the girls in the hospital? 
From the highlighted conversation you can tell that the mom is very sick. She knows she is dying, and is trying to leave a letter for her husband. 

One: Rosalind Bakes a Cake

What is the setting in this chapter? 
The author of this novel, Jeanne Birdsall, is an American writer of children's books. She is best known for the Penderwick series. You are reading book two in the series. To learn more about Jeanne Birdsall and her books, you can visit her website.  (This annotation contains a link)
How are the Penderwicks and the Aaronsons similar? 
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 meaning of desperate. Which word is a synonym for desperate? 

Two: The Blue Letter

When reading a novel, it is important to read the chapter titles. They will give you clues to what each chapter is about. 
How does Mr. Penderwick know Aunt Claire is hiding something? 
The loss of the girls' mother a few years ago is making them think Aunt Claire has bad health-related news. 
Why is Rosalind feeling dizzy? 
Do you ever get so upset you need to be left alone? If you have, then you can make a text-to-self connection with Rosy. 

Three: Bedtime Stories

What is different about Batty's bedtime routine? 
Every story is told through a certain point of view. This video explains the different types.  (This annotation contains a video)
From which point of view is this story told? 
Rosalind mentions a friend's father to make the connection with her father's current situation. 
If this story was told in first person from Rosalind's point of view, which event below would you know more about? 

Four: Tempers Lost

This page gives you some insight into Skye's character. You learn she is excellent in math, enjoys reading, but is not that interested in creative writing. She also works hard to control her temper. 
Here is the cover of the first Penderwicks novel.  (This annotation contains an image)
After looking at the picture above and thinking about what you learned about Skye, which girl do you think is Skye? Why? 
The three stars below tell you the setting of the story is changing. 
How are Jane and Melissa's actions similar? 
Manchester is a town in England. It is labeled in red on the map.  (This annotation contains an image)
What does an astrophysicist study? 
Skye is quietly pleased her father shows a temper like she has. 

Five: The First Date

Jane is visiting her Enchanted Rock. What does this tell you about Jane? 
Jane is calling upon characters from other stories she has read. When an author mentions characters from another story in her novel it is called an allusion. 
Why is Jane "getting tart"? 
Sometimes you have to use context clues to determine the meaning of a word, like "outskirts" on this page. This video explains using context clues.  (This annotation contains a video)
Using context clues, which word below could be subtituted for crept in the highlighted sentence? 

Six: The Save-Daddy Plan

This chapter is titled "The Save-Daddy Plan." Why do you think Dad needs saving? Read on to see if your prediction is correct. 
Which line from the novel gives Aunt Claire's reason for Dad dating? 
Why do you think Tommy remembers so many details about Cagney? 
How are Dad and Aunt Claire's thoughts about dating different? 
It seems the girls have varying opinions of Dad's dating situation. 
Explain Skye's plan. Do you think it will work? Why or why not? 
Why do you think Skye is "hoping for an escape"? 

Seven: A Skating Coach and an Orange Cat

What type of plan is Machiavellian? 
All stories are written in a certain genre, or structure. This video review common literary genres.  (This annotation contains a video)
What genre is this novel? 
Do you think it is okay for Jane and Skye to switch assignments? Or do you think it is dishonest? 
How do you know this story is realistic fiction? 
It seems that the plan for getting the date has been successful. Do you think the date will be a success? 
Quiz for Section One 

Eight: Funty and the Bug Man

Being the youngest sister, Batty is not used to be asked to help. 
Why are the highlighted lines in italics, or slanted letters? 
The heroine of a play is a female hero. Skye is the hero since it is supposed to be a play she is writing. 
Each chapter tells the story through one sister's perspective. Whose chapter is this? 

Nine: Passes and Pizzas

Fifteen minutes is about the time Mr. Penderwick left for his first date, so he should be out soon. 
How did Hound get the pieces of towel? 
Do you agree with Dad's decision to get the girls a babysitter?  
What could Dad mean when he says "Liar, liar, your trousers are burning"? 
Good readers ask themselves questions as they read. This video explains how to use this reading strategy.  (This annotation contains a video)
What question might you have after reading this page? 
Skye says she does not want to be a good influence, but do you think she really means it? 
What is similar about Mr. Pen and Iantha's reaction to seeing each other in the kitchen? 
It seems like the sisters are intent on continuing with their plan. 

Ten: Reversals

What does Rosalind mean when she says, "danger was once again imminent"? 
If Batty keeps seeing the same green car, maybe something is going on that should be investigated. 
Why do the children groan? 
Do you think the girls will tell their father the truth about who wrote the play? 
Why is Rosalind close to tears? 

Eleven: Clues

Each sister has her own personality. Watch this video to see how to determine a character's traits.  (This annotation contains a video)
After reading about the Clue game, which participant would be described as imaginative? 
Do you think Tommy is nervous? 
Why do you think Tommy came over to the Penderwicks? 
Rosalind is frustrated with her father and Tommy. 

Twelve: Jane's Grand Gesture

How are Skye and Jane's reaction to the play different? 
Jane's imagination is taking over again. 
The highlighted phrase is an example of a  
Dad's recent version of news has not been a topic the girls look forward to. 
Why do the girls want to go with Churchie? 
A certain date for Jane's future visit would feel better than "eventually." 

Thirteen: Nyet!

Why does Rosalind not want Ben to learn "Rainbow"? 
You can infer that Rosalind's blush means she has a crush on Nick. Watch this video to learn more about making inferences.  (This annotation contains a video)
What can you infer about Trilby? 
A high school football team usually has big players. Batty is probably a little afraid, even though she will not admit it. 
Which word is a synomn for snoop? 
Iantha's offer to help Rosalind shows what a kind neighbor she is. 
How are Rosalind and Tommy's feelings different in this scene? 
Usually Tommy is very expressive. The fact that his face is "as stonefaced as Mount Rushmore" is a change for him. 

Fourteen: Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

How are Sabrina Starr's attitude and Rainbow's different? 
Did you ever feel like you want to do something but you do not know what it is? That is how Jane is feeling right now. 
Why does Dad want Jane out of the house? 
The fact that Tommy already has a costume idea with Trilby means they must be seriously dating. 
Why is Jane miserable? Include at least three reasons from the text to support your answer. 
This is the first time any of the girls have seen Iantha angry. 
Quiz for Section Two 

Fifteen: Batty's Spying Mission

While Mr. Penderwick loves his sister, she is nagging him about the dating situation. 
Why do the girls think Dad may be dating an ex-con? 
Do you think the sisters will be impressed with Batty's plan? 
What can you infer about Dad's conversation with himself? 
Sometimes you are asked to summarize a chapter or novel. This video reviews how to write a summary.  (This annotation contains a video)
Summarize Batty's Spying Mission. 

Sixteen: In Between the Stars

Do you know anyone who would wear a tie with tiny Eiffel towers on it?  (This annotation contains an image)
Why does Skye want to keep her present hidden? 
The series of events that has Skye playing a part in the play did start with Skye's initial idea. She only has herself to blame. 
Why does Skye suddenly want to return the cat? 
While the other sisters seem comfortable around Ben, Skye is not used to being around babies. 
How is Skye's attitude changing once she sees the telescope? 
This is what Skye may have seen in the telescope when she sees dark matter.  (This annotation contains an image)

Seventeen: Halloween

How has the setting changed in the story? 
Below is a picture of Venus, the Goddess of Love. (This annotation contains an image)
What is Mr. Penderwick's reason for not having Marianne over? 
"Last" is a multiple-meaning word. This video explains how to determine the correct meaning when reading a multiple-meaning word.  (This annotation contains a video)
Which meaning of the word second matches how it is used on this page? 
If Skye is going over her lines on Halloween night, she must be very nervous. 

Eighteen: Sisters and Sacrifice

If you were Skye's best friend, and she confides the whole truth to you about the play and Jane, what advice would you give her? 
"Grasping at straws" is an idiom. It means to randomly pursue an option due to lack of other options. 
Why does Skye have "a look of dread on her face"? 
Skye keeps repeating her lines over and over so that she does not forget them. 
Listen to the song, Pennies from Heaven. Pay attention to the lyrics and think about how they relate to Rosalind.  (This annotation contains a video)
How do the song lyrics relate to Rosalind's current situation? 
Anna is a very good friend for Rosalind and knows how to handle her. 
If Tommy is intolerable, Rosalind thinks he is  

Nineteen: All Secrets Revealed

Do you think anyone is going to get suspicious that Jane knows ALL of the lines by heart? 
Based on the highlighted phrase, what are Pearson's feelings towards Skye? 
Sequence of events is the order in which things happen. This video explains why knowing the sequence is important.  (This annotation contains a video)
Skye tries to get Jane out of the backstage area quickly. Who stops the duo first? 
Dad is letting the girls come up with their own punishment. Do you think this is effective? 
When did the book Sense and Sensibility first get acknowledged in this novel? 
Do you agree that Skye is stubborn? 
This chapter is titled All Secrets Revealed. Which secret is uncovered in this novel? 
The Penderwicks are a very understanding and caring family. 

Twenty: The New Save-Daddy Plan

How is Skye looking at Roaslind in the highlighted lines? 
This is the question that has kept Rosy up all night. 
What question might you have after reading this page? 
Did you realize Melissa is jealous of Skye? 
Which line from the text shows Rosy's leadership qualities? 
The author puts "likes" in italics so you will read it with more expression. 
If you were one of the sisters, what plan would you come up with? Include what each sister has to do to make the plan successful. 

Twenty-one: A Very Long Night

Macbeth is a Shakespeare novel. Here is an artist's drawing of the witches in Macbeth.  (This annotation contains an image)
Here is an illustration of a sea before sunset.  (This annotation contains an image)
How does the sea in the picture above compare to Iantha? 
The girls' plan has been executed perfectly so far. Do you think it will continue to work? 
Why is there silence between Iantha and Mr. Penderwick? 
Little kids, and sometimes big kids, like to go to sleep with a favorite stuffed animal. Ben's is a duck.  (This annotation contains an image)
How has Rosalind's attitude about her father dating changed in the story? 
Tommy may be fumbling his words, but calling Rosalind pretty has gotten her attention. 
If a person looks pathetic, he is getting your _______. 
Theme is the underlying message in a novel. This video reviews theme.  (This annotation contains a video)
What do you learn about Bug Man? 
Do you agree with the children's decision to call their Dad? 
What theme has emerged in this novel? 


An epilogue is a piece of writing at the end of a novel. It is included to bring closure to the story. 
Listen to the excerpt from the first Perderwicks' novel, The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale. (Click Sample) Think about what you learn about the sisters.  (This annotation contains a link)
How have the sisters changed from that novel to the one you are finishing? 
Quiz for Section Three