Which of these words best describes Robby?
The story says that "a whistle . . . saved the farmer long treks." This means that the farmer
didn't have to wait for the horses.
didn't have to hike out to get the horses.
didn't need a rope to tie the horses.
didn't have to build high fences.
The story tells you that the new horse “kept right on grazing” after the whistle blew. In this sentence, grazing means the new horse was
running and jumping.
looking around the field.
playing with the others.
How did Robby get Bo to go with the other horses to get the oats and corn?
He pulled Bo with a rope.
He whinnied and pawed the ground.
He led the way.
He nipped and herded Bo.
What do you think will happen the next time there is a new horse in the pasture?
Bo will be mean to the new horse.
The other horses will probably fight Robby and Bo.
Robby will probably help the new horse.
The new horse will already know about the whistle.
The place where a story happens is called the setting. What is the setting for this story?
A train station
A place where people rent horses to ride
A place with a very poor pasture
Which choice below is true about the plot in this story?
The plot is about what horses eat.
The plot is about a little horse who helped a new horse feel at home.
The plot is about training horses to come to a whistle.
The plot is about a farmer who loves horses.
This story is probably
based on facts.
about the future.
a fairy tale.
Information about totem poles could probably be found in a book
about animals that can talk.
of facts about U.S. cities.
about early North Americans.
Totem poles were carved by skilled craftsmen from very large trees. About how long did it take to carve a large totem pole?
It could take two or three years to carve it.
No one knows because they don’t make them anymore.
It usually took about 60 years to carve one.
We aren’t sure because they were never finished in one person’s life.
The main character in the story is
the new baby.
Skim the story to find the sentence “He felt a big smile pop out on his face.” The author probably used the word pop in this sentence to make the reader think that
David made a sharp noise when he smiled.
David’s smile appeared quickly.
David smiled because he was surprised.
David did not smile very often.
Which statement does NOT help prove that David is a mature and independent boy?
He does chores by himself.
He has a baby sister.
His older sister doesn’t have to take care of him.
His mother naps while he plays.
What does David want Mr. Larkin to notice?
How well David can whistle.
That David has a new baby sister.
How well David has swept the porch.
That David can hop on one foot.
Which sentence from the story is an opinion?
David had a new baby sister.
She lay in a bassinet in the kitchen.
Everyone thought she was wonderful.
Slowly David walked outside.
What MOST LIKELY caused David’s stomach to hurt?
He ate his lunch too quickly.
He rode his bike too fast.
He was upset about not being noticed.
He was worried that the baby would not like him.
Skim the story to find the sentence “David trudged back to the house.” What does trudged mean in this sentence?
Moved quickly and happily
Moved slowly and heavily
On what page does the story about kites by Jane Yolen start?
There is no way to know.
What would you find on page 55?
Letters from readers
Who is Christopher Marshall?
He writes stories for this magazine.
He’s a magician.
He’s Claudia Cangilla McAdam’s brother.
Why did Miss Loloma think it was a “blue” Monday?
It was dark and gloomy outside.
She was very sad.
The color blue reminded her of blue sky.
She wanted to sing cheerful songs.
What kind of person is Rita?
How did Rita get a blue rose?
She bought one at the store.
She dyed a white rose with food coloring.
She made a rose out of blue paper.
She painted a white rose with blue paint.
Which of the following BEST describes Miss Loloma?
She always thinks Mondays are “blue.”
She listens to her students.
She likes to wear a blue cape.
She enjoys singing songs.