By Gloria Rand Sailing Home
VocabularyThe train carried tons of cargo. • uniforms • freight
handsome noble The president looked very dignified.
Celestial lights brightened our path. • dazzling • heavenly
The captain kept a close eye on the ship’s navigation. • course • safety
She turned and looked at the stern of the ship. • rear • hull
They watched dolphins swim at the bow of the ship. • bridge • front
The musicians followed along as she conducted the concert. a. composed b. directed
Comprehension What is the MOST LIKELY reason the author wrote this story? • to explain the benefits and dangers of taking a cargo ship around the world b. to entertain with an interesting tale about children who grew up on a boat
b. to entertain with an interesting tale about children who grew up on a boat
When the ship carried coal, the children lived ashore because the coal __________. • filled every room in the ship. • was a very dangerous cargo
Which of these events happened LAST in the story? • The family had picnics in Japan. • Albert began skipping school.
The children probably got their animals ____________. • in trades with other cargo ships. • from the countries they visited.
How were Miss Shipman and Albert ALIKE? • They were strong-minded. • They were hard-working.
What happened when the John Ena “quivered a strange quiver and slowly righted herself”? • The boat sped through the water and then stopped. • The boat shook and then straightened back up.
Which of these events happened FIRST in the story? • The children helped tie the furniture to the railing. • Father became Santa for the Christmas party.
The mother in this story can best be described as ________. • generous • practical
b. practical Plants her own vegetables. Saves money with coupons. Cleans her own house. Sews her own clothes.
Which of the following is an important theme from the story? • Children learn to use signal flags to send messages to other ships. • Children can be happy growing up in many types of places.
Which of these events happened after Captain Madsen became a steamship captain? • The mother gave birth to baby Ena. • The children lived on land all the time.
Group Work In what way was the crew like a family to the children in this story?
What was the author’s purpose for including the “Afterword”?
What is the MOST LIKELY reason the Madsen family chose Hawaii for their home?