Chapter abstracts are short descriptions of events that occur in each chapter. They highlight major plot events and detail the important relationships and characteristics of characters and objects. The Chapter Abstracts can be used to review what the students have read, or to prepare the students for what they will read. Hand the abstracts out in class as a study guide, or use them as a "key" for a class discussion. They are relatively brief, but can serve to be an excellent refresher of the text for either a student or teacher.
Chapter 1 Abstract
* A young man named Bird lingers in a store over an atlas open to a map of Africa.
* Bird's wife is in a maternity hospital giving birth.
* Bird has always wanted to visit Africa but may not be able to now since he will have a child.
* After leaving the shop, Bird encounters a...
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