Getting Near to Baby Short Essay - Answer Key

Audrey Couloumbis
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1. What is Willa Jo doing at the beginning of the book which irritates and frustrates her Aunt Patty?

Aunt Patty tells Willa Jo that she is fed up with her. It makes Willa Jo's stomach hurt. The next morning Willa Jo is on the roof to watch the sunrise. She spots fifty-year-old Mrs. Garber jogging. It is very early, especially for a woman her age to be out running. She comes to the front door and knocks. In a bit Willa Jo hears a gasp from Aunt Patty and a bunch of whispering. But that all fades as Willa Jo concentrates on the beautiful oranges and reds of the sun that has burst up from the horizon. The neighborhood begins to wake up.

2. Why are Aunt Patty's pleas for the girls to come down off the roof futile?

Aunt Patty calls to Willa Jo to come back down and bring Little Sister with her. Willa Jo looks down to see Aunt Patty standing on the lawn, looking up in panic, scared to death that one of the girls is going to fall. Aunt Patty tries to appeal to Little Sister but she is wasting her time. Little Sister only listens to Willa Jo.

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