08 The Secret Place

nostalgia – a desire for something long ago
pollywogs – tadpoles

  1. What life lesson does Granma teach Little Tree when he finds musk bugs?
  2. List three adjectives that could be used to describe the umbrella spider, based on Little Tree’s understanding of it.
  3. What is the difference, according to Granma, between a person’s body-living mind and spirit mind? Why does she think Little Tree’s secret place is a necessity?
  4. How does Granma describe the four seasons of the year in terms of the spirits?
  5. Define the terms “tree spirit” and “tree-thought.”
  6. Explain how the trees prevented the lumberman from destroying the forest.