1. How does the narrator help the reader to feel warmth and sympathy for Big Joe in this chapter?
2. After the butterflies the chapter begins ‘Big Joe ate…’ what do you notice about the tense of this chapter? Is it different from the previous chapter?
3. On p26 the narrator is remembering his childhood. Look closely at the description of Mother. How does Tommo describe her? Refer to the following in her answer:
Choose one sentence or phrase that you think best makes her character sound loving and explain why.