Thursday, 3 April 2014

Reading Activity

Looking at the image on the front page and the title of the text, how do the two support one another? It looks like the Mother and the Father split up because the three kids are in the car with the mother and the mother looks unhappy because they are leaving the father.

Where were the family initially living, what do you think life was like living at such a place? The family lived in a sheep Farm with their Father who owned the farm, I think it is really hard living their because they do to much work like waking up early in the morning.

Where had the boys and mum moved to after his parents split up? They moved to a flat in Wellington where they can live apart from the father.

What is a council flat? A council flat is a flat where there are only three or two bedrooms also it means that the family can pay a little but the council can pay the rest.

Do you think his little sister knew what was happening between mum and dad? Use evidence from the text to support your answer. The little sister did not know because she asked her brothers “why cant Dad come with us”.

What was the young boy wandering? He wondered the same thing, If he and mum could not live together anymore, why can't dad come and live next door to us in the city.

Why does it say “the morning we left when we were sitting in the car dad through the window and kissed all of us, even mum”? Why did the author mention “even mum separately and say the word even? What is the author implying? Because he still loves her and the kids and also he will miss mum too.

For what reason would the young boy have cried? how did he deal with his emotions instead of crying? He thought he might cry but he did not instead he yelled to the kids “SHUT UP AND SIT BACK IN YOUR SEATS PROPERLY”.


Why was the new place in Wellington not too bad? Because he still missed his father and his pet (Kunikuni) also feeding the lambs.

What sound did the young boy even get used to while staying at his new place in Wellington?  He got used to the rubbish truck waking him up at 6:30 in the mornings with its air brakes hissing.

For what reason do you think it took the young boy a few weeks before he began to miss everything and the ways things were before?  Because he liked hearing the different languages also smelling the other peoples cooking also enjoying the twilight and being nosy.

What does the word ‘miserable’ mean? it means unhappy and uncomfortable.

If you were in the same shoes as this boy how would you feel going through all of this within such a short amount of time - (Use your empathy skills) I will comfort him and help him be happy by visiting his father and staying there for a few weeks then come back to the flat.

Why do you think mum was always checking up on the young boy after he cried and told her how upset he was? Because she does not want him to be unhappy at the flat she wants him to forget about the past and start again.

What are two things he did like about being in the units? For what reason do you think he liked this? Because he likes to walk around and also he likes smelling the other peoples food.


So far think what emotions is the author making the reader feel by reading this text? It is making the reader miserable and stink.

Who has the author portrayed as being an upset and sad character, how do you know this?  The author is talking about Cherie and her emotions in the book.

Judging from the boy stopping a fight and helping Tomo out, what do we know about his personality?  He is caring and kind also he does not want to get into trouble.

What was Tomo? What does this word mean? It is a list of characters.

For what reason did Tomo, the young boy and Meilai stick together? They stayed together as a group so no one gets hurt.

Why was Wednesday their favourite day? Because it was Laundry day.

What did the boy and Tomo do when they saw some young children tagging? Did they do the right thing? Justify your answer. They Broke up the fight because as they were tagging the boys beat up this foreign kid.

How did the boy slowly begin to warm up to being in Wellington? He stopped feeling so bad about living in the city.

What do you think the author is trying to say in this story - have a think about all of the boy’s feelings and emotions, what helped him get through this rough time? He became friends with other kids in the hood and they had fun hanging out together.

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