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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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jack frost
p. 1Jack Frost
  • A personification of a cold winter’s day

Snake in the grass

(p. 6)

A sneaky person who isn’t to be trusted

egghead poindexter professor p 25
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)

p. 39radioactive
  • A reaction with unstable atoms that causes serious disease for all living things
p. 56Frostbite
  • What happens in extreme colds when you are outside for long periods of time; can harm your skin
carp p 62
Carp(p. 62)
  • A fresh water fish
p. 87linoleum
  • An inexpensive floor covering for kitchens
a conk
p. 87A conk
  • A hairstyle for men created by chemically treating hair to relax it
yul brenner
p. 99Yul Brenner
  • A famous actor with a bald head, played a King of Siam
spark plugs p 100

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

hillbilly music p 126

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

buster brown shoe
p. 142Buster Brown Shoe
  • A popular shoe for children that was based on a comic strip
et tu brute
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
vittles(p. 152)
  • Slang for food
joe louis p 163

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

whirlpool p 169
Whirlpool (p. 169)
  • Rapidly rotating water; may draw objects into the center
albert einstein p 195
Albert Einstein(p. 195)
  • Genius scientist; focused on theoretical physics (using math and science and models to explain natural events in the world)