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.
Chapters 1-2 Abstract
* Viorst discusses the absolute need for a mother.
* Abandonment is inevitable, but does not have to lead to permanent damage.
* Extended absences can make "the heart grow frantic, not fonder."
* The high price children pay for extended absences away from their mother calls into question our entire societal structure.
Chapters 3-4 Abstract
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