Where the Red Fern Grows Chapter VIII (8)
Cleaned my boots until they were as soft as a hummingbird’s nest
These wonderful thoughts made me feel just about as big as our old red mule.
Papa lit my lantern. He said, “I’d like to see a big coonskin on the smokehouse wall.”
He came out of the river onto a sandbar. He sailed over the log jam.
My ax was sharp and the chips flew.My back felt like someone had pulled a plug out of one end of it and drained all the sap out.
“If that tree takes a notion to fall, it’ll mash you flatter than a tadpole’s tail.”
Chapter 8 Vocabulary • 1. rodent – a small animal with large gnawing teeth • 2. riffle- water running over rocks • 3. guinea’s egg- egg belonging to a guinea • Why did Billy decide to cut down “the big sycamore tree” ?