8 The Holt Reader: Teacher’s Manual
4. The crocodile’s conscience led him to tell the
monkey about his wife’s plan. That inner
voice, the voice that told the crocodile right
from wrong, saved the life of his monkey
B. 1. The characters include a monkey, a crocodile,
and the crocodile’s wife.
2. The crocodile’s wife wants to eat the monkey’s
heart, but the crocodile doesn’t want her to
because the monkey is his friend.
3. The monkey does not get killed. The monkey
tricks the crocodile into taking him back to
Mother and Daughter, page 60
Possible responses: They thought she looked funny.
They yelled “Mamacita!” meaning “little mama,” as if
they found her attractive. They were showing
The detail that shows direct characterization is “Mrs.
Moreno had a strange sense of humor.” Details that
show indirect characterization are “. . . Yollie and her
mother were watching a late-night movie called
They Came to Look. It was about creatures from the
underworld” and “her mother screamed, ‘Look,
Yollie! Oh, you missed a scary part.’ ”
Possible response: English is probably not her first
language. She is probably not well educated.
She has woken up in the living room in the middle
of the night, and she is confused about where she is.
COMPARE & CONTRAST
Yollie and her mother both have a good sense of
COMPARE & CONTRAST
How Yollie and her mother are alike: They both like
movies and games. How Yollie and her mother are
different: Yollie is slender; her mother is not. Yollie is
smart in school; her mother probably was not.
Students should circle “study a lot.”
Possible response: It reminds her of her own teenage
years when she did not have new clothes.
To give Yollie a “new” dress, Mrs. Moreno dyes an
old white dress black.
The candy apples Yollie’s mother made were too
hard to eat, so the kids had a contest to see who
could break them open by throwing them against
The dance is important because Yollie is in love with
Students should underline details such as “warm but
thick with clouds. Gusts of wind picked up the paper
lanterns hanging in the trees and swung
them . . . like a scene from a movie”; “Everyone
danced, sipped punch, and stood in knots . . . talk-
ing”; “Sister Kelly got up and jitterbugged with some
kid’s father” and “students broke into applause.”
Context clues to the meaning of the word jitterbug
are “Everyone danced” and “got up ...with some
kid’s father. When the record ended.” The jitterbug is
a kind of dance.
Answers will vary. Possible predictions: The rain
might not affect her evening at all; the rain might
ruin her evening by messing up her hair; if her dress
gets wet, the dye might run out of it.
Yollie’s feelings and actions are described by the
words “felt sorry for her” and “helped her dry.”
These details reveal that Yollie is a caring person.
IDENTIFY CAUSE & EFFECT
The rain is washing the dye out of Yollie’s dress,
causing a black puddle of water to form at
Answers will vary. Some students may respond that
Yollie shouldn’t be ashamed of her dress because
clothing is relatively unimportant and being poor is
nothing to be ashamed of. Others may say that it’s
embarrassing because the dress was a makeover and
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