The Whipping Boy. By Sid Fleischman .
By Sid Fleischman
Prince Brat was always misbehaving and always needing to be punished; however, he cannot be spanked because it was not acceptable to spank the members of the royal family. Instead, Jemmy was taken from the streets of London and served as the Whipping Boy, receiving all of the spankings that the Prince deserved. Prince Brat mistreated everyone, including Jemmy. Jemmy decided that he would run away, and, on the night he was leaving, he was stopped by the Prince who demanded that he would go with Jemmy. Together the two of them are on the streets of London whenever they are kidnapped. Finally realizing that one of the boys is the Prince, the kidnappers demand a ransom. The boys escape through the sewers of London. Prince Brat suddenly found that he needed Jemmy, not as a whipping boy but as someone whom he could trust with his life.
How many of these words can you define?
What page are they located on?
footman, forbidden, cuff, carefree, plucked, defiantly, humbled, contrite, exasperation, scowl, bawl, gloat, bellow, obliged
tutor, muttered, duds, fetch, ferrets, scholar, spectacles, smirking, contrary,
rascal, spite, sums
manservant, wicker, bolt, moat, clattered, protested, dreadful, gallows
dawn, swirled, halter, maze, insolent, lantern, swayed, cutthroat, cleaver,
garlic, ruffian, ballad, exploits, highwayman, villain, jab, thimbleful, rogues, awe,
crest, desperately, scornfully, fled, genuine
moldy, thached, braided garlic, herring, brace, bleated, tangled, trifle, vagabonds,
rummaged, curs, document, erupted, scheme, mangy, quill, ignorant, amiss, flummox,
arrogantly, mere, orphan, haughty, gnat, witless
captors, loyal, scoundrels, pace, gnawing, sullenly, paltry, ransom, fowl, flourish
clove, plague, scrawny, glared, contemplated, varmints, scoffed, regal, insolent, oafs,
flogging, blanched, civil, stumble
precious, blab, tote, clashed, fuming, indifference, mite, decisive, pretense,
snatch, confounded, stubborn, lurching, parley, imposter, muddled, fathom, shuffled,
mount, nitwit, pitch pipe, stables
betrayed, gleeful, linen, squint, wheezed, brambles, dunce, moonshine, fake, truss,
thoroughbred, instinct, nabbed, bellows, deserted, bristled, pondered, dismissed,
grimly, garments, wailing, bracelets, spirit, coiled, amber, clinging, tatters, barnacle,
starched, resentment, stag,
ventured, embankment, billowing, masts, tide, exposed, stave, stooped, retrieve,
weary, mired, rickety, reins, bog, strained, resist, receding, cockeyed, heir
surge, burrow, scurvy, apprentices, muffled, scat, plunder, ounce, simpletons,
greyhound, tend, winced, scruffy, steep, hazards, incident
cobbled, immense, turf, convict, stalls, juggler, battered, canvas, privilege, fathom,
lingered, acrobats, stilt, harp, hubbub, flush, bleak, stammer, bluster, stout, gnarled,
archer, treasonous, wares, loomed, brazen, bushel, plump, balked, gorged
dogged, decree, urgent, bonfire, altered, derelict, barge, steeled, fret, sloshed, glazed,
brewery, manacle, inaudible, dank, gossip, sputtered, riffraff, curse, impulse, scuttled,
elation, abrupt, bearings, rebel, leeches
verge, befuddled, ushered, noose, notorious, stow, convict
Whipping Boy Activity Choices
*1. Write a dialogue that could have taken place between the King and the prince while they were alone after the prince's return. (You may try reading suggested question 12 at the end of the book for ideas of what kind of information to include).
*2. Point of view-
Tell the story from the point of view of Jemmy, the Prince, Billy or Cutwater, or Betsy.
3. Figures of speech- Choose at least five of Sid's many, many similes. Write them, the page number on which they can be found, and an explanation of what each is describing. Pick one of them and write a different version of simile that Sid could have used to describe the same thing.
4. Follow the path- Write a summary of the story in 9-12 short segments and present it on a game board with an illustrated path format.
5. Draw an illustration of one of your favorite parts of the story and accompany it with an explanatory caption of what is going on in the picture.
6. Point of view-Choose one specific incident. Write the facts of what happened. Write three separate paragraphs below it, each explaining the reactions and feelings of three of the characters involved in the situation.
7. Write a skit depicting one chapter/incident from the novel. Practice and present (with friends).
8. New words- Choose 10 of the vocabulary words you identified. Write each, the page it was found on, the definition, and a sentence for each.