The Learning Corner
1. The genre of The Blue Ape is fiction. What make a story fiction?
2. Did Billy make safe choices? Can you give examples of unsafe choices he made?
3. What emotions did you experience with Billy on his adventure?
4. --------------- We can't ask you this one, because it would spoil the surprise! You'll have to buy the book to read this question!
5. Did Billy misjudge the Blue Ape? Have you ever misjudged someone who looks different than you? Have you ever felt misunderstood by others?
6. Can you create your own adventure by using your imagination and creativity to share your story through words, pictures, poetry, or a song?
7. Why do you think the Blue Ape was in the cage? What is his back story?
8. And lastly, would YOU have touched the Blue Ape?
Abyss – a deep or seemingly bottomless hole or divide
Accelerator –a pedal that controls the speed of a vehicle's engine
Ballistic – to become irrational or to go crazy
Crocodile – a large reptile with long jaws, long tail, short legs, and a horny textured skin that can live on land or in water
Eerie – somewhat strange and frightening
Farmstead – a farm and all of its buildings
Gnarled – knobby, rough and twisted, especially with age
Grizzled – streaked with grey hair
Guttural – harsh sound produced deep in the throat or chest
Hesitation – the act of pausing before saying or doing something
Ignition – the part of the car that starts the engine
Illuminated – lit up
Instinctively – by natural tendency without much thought
Menacing – scary, threatening, suggesting danger nearby
Muster – to gather a feeling or reaction
Padlock – a detachable lock hanging by a hook
Perilously – full of danger or risk
Pondering – think about something carefully, before making a decision
Stalactites – rock formations hanging from the roof of a cave, formed of calcium salts and dripping water
Venomous – poisonous
DO YOU KNOW WHAT THIS ILLUSTRATION WAS INSPIRED BY?
There is a famous sculpture called The Thinker by Auguste Rodin that now sits at the Rodin Museum in Paris, France. The bronze sculpture shows an over life-size male figure sitting on a rock with his chin resting on one hand as though deep in thought. In French, it is called Le Penseur. There are many copies all over the world! Learn more...