Stanley Yelnats has been sent to a boys' detention center, where the boys are digging holes for the warden. What's she looking for?
After your child receives and reads this book, Discuss one or more of the following questions to help him/her make connections and build comprehension.
- Zero can't read. What is something you can't do but wish you could? Write about it. Share your writing with a parent.
- Stanley is in a hard situation. Compare Stanley to a different character who is also in a hard situation. Using a Venn diagram, list five ways they are alike. Then list five ways they are different.
- Prejudice is judging someone without getting to know them. Can you list at least five things people judge other people about? Discuss this with a parent.
- There are no such things as the yellow spotted red-eyed lizards. Invent a new kind of venomous animal. What do they look like. Draw and color pictures. Share your invention with a parent.
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Friendship Knows No Color
How did the group of boys come together to help each other during difficult times? Skin color/ethnicity was mentioned in the novel, but when it came to digging holes, the boys were all the color of Texas dirt and sweat. How do our experiences with one another allow us to have more similarities than differences? Discuss with a peer.
Palindromes are words which are the same spelled forwards and backwards. Stanley Yelnats is a palindrome for example. Discover more palindrome riddles like this!