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A Visual Dictionary . The Watsons Go To Birmingham – 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis. Chapter 1. And You Wonder Why We Get Called the Weird Watsons. p. 1. Jack Frost. A personification of a cold winter’s day. Snake in the grass (p. 6). A sneaky person who isn’t to be trusted.

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A Visual Dictionary

The Watsons Go To Birmingham – 1963by Christopher Paul Curtis

Chapter 1

And You Wonder Why We Get Called the Weird Watsons

p. 1

Jack Frost

  • A personification of a cold winter’s day

Snake in the grass

(p. 6)

A sneaky person who isn’t to be trusted

Brown Bomber (p.6)

Chapter 2

Give My regards to clark, poindexter

egghead/poindexter/professor (p. 25)

  • To go panning on someone meant to hit or fight with them (like with a pan over their head.)

  • Slang terms for an intelligent person used to tease someone

“You don’t want to start panning on folks…” (p. 30)

Chapter 3

The World’s Greatest Dinosaur War Ever

p. 39


  • A reaction with unstable atoms that causes serious disease for all living things

Chapter 4

Froze-Up Southern Folks

p. 56


  • What happens in extreme colds when you are outside for long periods of time; can harm your skin

Carp(p. 62)

  • A fresh water fish

Chapter 7

Every Chihuahua in America lines up to take a bite out of byron

p. 87


  • An inexpensive floor covering for kitchens

p. 87

A conk

  • A hairstyle for men created by chemically treating hair to relax it

p. 99

Yul Brenner

  • A famous actor with a bald head, played a King of Siam

Chapter 8

The Ultra-Glide!

Pinnacle (p. 103)

Spark plugs (p. 100)

Car part that transfers electricity to ignite fuel and start the engine

The summit or top of a mountain, a career, or an important task

Under the Boardwalk


Tru-Tone AB 700 Ultra-Glide a record player installed in a car

Chapter 9

ThE Watsons Go To birmingham- 1963

seniority (p. 135)

Hillbilly music (p. 126)

Music that has it’s roots in country and southern music

The idea that the longer you are with a company you have more power or privilege

Chapter 10

Tangled up in god’s beard

p. 142

Buster Brown Shoe

  • A popular shoe for children that was based on a comic strip

Chapter 11

Bobo brazil meets the sheik

p. 150

“Et tu, Brute?”

  • A latin phrase, written by William Shakespeare, in the play Julius Ceasar

  • Translated it means, “And you, Brutus?”

  • Julius Ceasar was attacked and realized one of his dear friends had joined in to betray him.

vittles(p. 152)

  • Slang for food

Chapter 12

That Dog won’t hunt no more

Coon dog(p. 163)

Joe Louis (p. 163)

A famous boxer; he was the World Heavyweight Champion from 1937-1949; also known as the Brown Bomber

A hunting dog; known for it’s sense of smell to track animals

Chapter 13

I Meet winnie’s twin brother, the wool pooh

Whirlpool (p. 169)

  • Rapidly rotating water; may draw objects into the center

Chapter 15

The world famous watson pet hospital

Albert Einstein(p. 195)

  • Genius scientist; focused on theoretical physics (using math and science and models to explain natural events in the world)

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