Quote from story
Your response - how does she feel? Why do you think that?
“I swallow my groan” (page 2)
She feels bored and hot. I think that because people normally groan when they don’t like what is happening, so maybe she was bored in class and didn’t want to do what the teacher asked. The drought meant that the weather would be really hot.
“I flop across my desk like a dead fish” (page 2)
She felt like she was like a dead fish the was out of water. She got exhausted from school because it was a hot day and she was really hot and tired that in her head she could of been wishing for it to rain.
“Since Mom died, I’ve been staying over at Pete’s house until Dad gets home from work” (page 3)
She waits for dad until he comes home. He works at the town's only water tanker.
“We roar and scream like a crowd at a rugby match when someone scores a try” (page 4)
They all swim in the mud and the scream really loud.
“I wait for him to tell me to dig deep. I wait for him to tell me to use my imagination - but I guess it was Mum who said things like that.” (page 5)
She was waiting for her dad to tell her things that her mum told her so she thought that her dad could say those but no answer she thought again that her mom only said that to her.
“Dad still hasn’t eaten anything, and there are big black bags under his eyes” (page 5)
Her dad felt sad and tired he didn’t want to eat anything. He was tired from work.
“I pick up my pen and, trying not to think of Dad asleep at the table, or Mum dying, or the skinny sheep, I close my eyes” (page 6)
She doesn’t want to think about her dad sleeping on the table or her mum passing away so she closes her eyes.
Reread this quote from page 6. Reflect on what hidden meaning is there.
“This time the story comes, but the drought in the story is dad’s. Like the ever-blue sky, he’s holding back tears. From time to time, a small cloud drifts by, but he blinks it away. Each time he does this, his sadness grows deeper. All he does is get up and go to work and come home and go to bed. Then one night, he falls into such a deep sleep, a cloud creeps by without him noticing. Then another comes, and another, and another. Fat white clouds at first, then grey ones, then black - and the blackest clouds are bursting with rain. The moment they burst, Dad cries.” (page 6)
Think about the questions below and write a paragraph (at least 100 words) to answer these questions. You can talk to a buddy about it, but use your own words.
- Why is dad holding back tears? He might not want his daughter to see him crying.
- Why does he blink away the clouds? Because when the clouds come then they go away when dad blinks.
- Why is his sadness growing deeper? Because he won't stop thinking about mum.
- What metaphor is the girl trying to explain by talking about the clouds? She's explaining that when clouds come they go away and it goes white,grey then black.
- Why might the clouds start off white, then next go grey, then next go black? What metaphor is the girl trying to explain? When the dad is trying to hold back tears the daughter is explaining before he blinks there are clouds and when he blinks they go away and when the clouds are white he is happy and when they are grey he is kind of ok then when they go to black then that is when he is very very very sad.
Read this article.
Answer the questions below.
What part of Rosalie’s Hauora was affected by the bullying? Explain what you mean by that.
She feels like she is going to cry and tell the teacher or her mum and dad when she gets home after school.
When did the bullying start, and what happened?
On the last day of primary school.I went to my new school in Tonbridge. Everyone was nice to me the first day, then the second day everyone left me on my own, people started to spread rumours about me and give me funny looks all the time. It continued every day but I didn’t tell anyone - I kept it to myself.
What does this mean?
“I only got bullied verbally but it was still very hurtful.”
That when they were bulling her it hurt and verbally means words that could hurt you.
Why do you think Rosalie didn’t tell anyone she was being bullied?
Cause she didn’t want to tell anyone because she might of not wanted her parents or friends to know.
Find 3 pieces of advice Rosalie gives to everyone reading that they can do to get help if they are getting bullied