Chapter 1 -Digging for Pink
- Describe Sassy's closet.
- What do you learn about Sassy and her older sister as they search for her swimming suit?
- Why does Sassy think her pink ribbon is lucky?
- Describe her "Sassy Sack."
- Where did she get it and why is it special to her?
- What kind of relationship does Sassy have with her brother?
- What outfit does Sassy decide to wear and why?
8-9-10. If you read all of Chapter One, you'll see a description of Sassy and her siblings. Write a description or draw a picture of Sassy, Sadora, and Sabin.
Chapter 2 -Hurry up and Wait
- Where is the family headed and why?
- What is a tropical depression?
- What does their father tell the children about the possibility of a hurricane?
- Why does Sassy have to sit in the middle of the back seat?
- Describe the five categories of hurricanes.
- Describe the family as they walk from the parking garage.
- Why do you think Sassy spends so much time describing what her family is wearing.?
- How can you tell that Sassy and her family are very close?
- What kinds of things does Sassy carry in her sack?
- Have you ever had to wait in line for something like Sassy did? Why is it hard to wait?
Chapter 3-Crazy Security
- Tell what you know about airport security, or any experiences you might have had at airports.
- What happens when the rest of Sassy's family goes through the security scanner?
- Why is Sabin barefoot?
- What happens when Sassy tries to go through the security scanner?
- Why do you think she is afraid?
- What kind of wand does the security guard use? What kind of want is Sassy thinking about? How are they different?
- What happens Sassy's Sack goes through the security scanner?
- How do you think Sassy feels as other people go through her private stuff?
- How would you feel if that happened to you?
- Why is Sassy glad that the flight will take two hours?
Chapter 4-Up in the Air and Down Again
- Where does Sassy end up sitting on the plane?
- Describe what can be seen from outside a window on an airplane in flight.
- What are the plans for Grammy's birthday?
- Where is Grammy's party supposed to take place? Why is that a problem if the weather turns bad?
- What have Sabin and Sadora chosen as gifts for Grammy's birthday?
- What is Grammy wearing when she greets them at the airport?
- How does Sassy use her sack to fix her broken suitcase?
- What does Grammy do for a living?
- What is the weather like in Florida when they arrive?
- What does Grammy tell them is coming very soon?
Chapter 5-Warm Sand and Cool Water
- How does Sassy feel about the possibility of a hurricane coming?
- What does Grammy say about her birthday?
- Describe Grammy's house from the outside, and on the inside.
- What does Poppy look like?
- Describe the scene as they walk down to the beach? What is the weather like?
- Tell about a vacation that you have taken.
- How does your vacation compare to Sassy's day on the beach with her family?
- Describe how the scene on the beach changes as it moves from day to night.
- How does Sassy start a fire?
- What can you tell about Sassy and how she uses her sack?
Chapter 6-Beach Secrets and Surprises
- From their early morning conversation, how can you tell that Sassy and Grammy are very close?
- Re-tell the story of how Sassy's grandparents met and fell in love.
- Describe the beauty of the beach through Sassy's eyes as she walks with Grammy.
- How does Grammy explain where shells come from?
- How does Grammy know they have discovered a sea turtle nest?
- How do they mark the nest so it can be found and made safe?
- Describe the family breakfast that morning.
- What are the plans for Grammy's party?
- What does the dance between Grammy and Poppy tell you about them?
- Make a prediction. How will the hurricane affect Grammy's birthday celebration?
Chapter 7-Getting Ready for the Storm
- Give an example of how you've seen weather forecasters report during a weather emergency.
- Grammy's house is made of stone. Why is that a good thing during a hurricane?
- Sassy worried about the sea turtle nest. What could happen to the eggs during a storm?
- Why is the grocery store so crowded?
- Describe the scene at the store, or draw a picture.
- Why does Sassy's mother tell her microwave popcorn might not be a good idea? 7. What items do they buy to prepare for the storm? What would you buy?
- Describe Grammy's house when they return from the store.
- Why does Grammy fix such a huge dinner? Why does she let them eat all the ice cream?
- Who is coming the next day to help check on the sea turtle nest?
Chapter 8-Turtle Rescue Mission
- How does the sky and ocean look on Wednesday morning?
- How does Sabin describe the oncoming storm?
- How much can a green sea turtle weigh?
- Why are sea turtles having trouble finding a place to make their nests on the beach? Why are plastic bags a danger to sea turtles?
- What does the family take to the beach as they go to help the turtle eggs with Michael?
- Why does Michael tell them they must move the eggs? Why do the sea turtle eggs need to stay covered with sand at all times
- What do the sea turtle eggs look like? How many do they find in the nest?
- What items does Sassy find in her sack that help them as they work?
- How does Sadora react to getting really dirty?
- How do you think Sassy and her family feel about saving the sea turtles?
Chapter 9-The Hurricane
- Describe the weather on Thursday morning.
- Why did the family sleep in the living room on the floor?
- It's Grammy's birthday, and it is storming. Compare what that morning would have been like to what it turned out to be.
- How do you think Grammy feels about her birthday?
- How does their situation compare to the story of The Three Little Pigs?
- What does Sassy see as she looks out the window? Draw a picture.
- What do the birds look like? How do you think it feels to be a bird in a hurricane?
- What does the ocean look like during the storm? Draw a picture.
- What do you think would have happened to the sea turtle nest during the storm if Sassy's family had not moved it?
- How would you feel if you were in a storm and the lights went out?
Chapter 10-A Hurricane Birthday Party
- What do Sassy and Sadora and Sabin do when the lights go out?
- What does Grammy mean when she talks about the "music of the storm?"
- What song do they sing to help take away the fear?
- Why do you think singing is helpful?
- Describe all the sounds a huge storm makes.
- Why do the children think that a party is impossible?
- What did Sabin give Grammy as a gift?
- What did Sadora give Grammy?
- Why couldn't Grammy use Sabin and Sadora's gifts right away?
- What does Sassy give Grammy as a gift?
- How do you think the family feels as they sing Happy Birthday?
Chapter 11-After the Storm
- How have things changed when Sassy wakes up the next morning?
- What is the weather like when they go outside that morning?
- Describe what Grammy's yard looks like. Draw a picture.
- Make a list of all the amazing things Sassy finds in the yard.
- Describe what the beach looks like. Draw a picture.
- Describe the place where the sea turtle nest used to be.
- What would have happened if Sassy's family had not moved the eggs?
- How does the lucky pink ribbon from Sassy's sack help them find the sea turtle nest?
- What will happen to the sea turtle eggs in a few weeks? How does Sassy feel about that?
- Tell whether you think Grammy had a good birthday or not, and why.
Use the internet, or an encyclopedia, or books to find out more about the following:
- Poem about sunsets and such
- Describe Sassy's grandmother. Draw a picture of Grammy
- Shells p. 45
- Describe oncoming storm 67
- Debris erosion
- Like a page torn out 98
A. Information to explore and discover.
- Airport security
- Wildlife that lives on a beach
- Preparation for hurricanes
- Sea turtles
- Sea turtle rescue organizations
- Swimming in the ocean
- Beach erosion
- Beach sunsets and sunrises
B. Jobs to explore:
- Airline pilot
- Airline flight attendant
- Airport security agent
- Animal Biologist
- Ecology Expert
- Emergency Rescue Technician
- Cake designer
C. Writing activities:
- Write a poem about a sunset, or a sunrise on the beach.
- Write a story, with you as the main character, about your dream vacation. It can be real or made up.
- Make up a story like Grammy tells. Draw a picture of something in your story.
- Write a poem or story about being afraid.
- Write a poem about birthdays.
- Write a poem or story about family.
- Write a newspaper story about how the hurricane.
- Pretend you are Sassy and write a letter to your best friend about the trip to Grammy's house.
- Write a poem or story about a huge, scary storm.