Fish in a Tree Quotes by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
FAQ about FISH IN A TREE
Everybody is smart in different ways. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its life believing it is stupid. Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people. Every time she lands in a new school, she is able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions. She is afraid to ask for help; after all, how can you cure dumb? However, her newest teacher Mr.
The North-Eastern United States
Ally , a sixth-grade student, argues with her teacher, Mrs. Hall , about her writing assignment. She's supposed to be writing about herself so that when Mrs. Hall goes on maternity leave, the new teacher can learn about the students. After some arguing, Ally covers her paper with the word "why?
This is the broad-strokes geographical setting, or context, of the story. While there are few references, if any, to the exact town, state, or region in which the story takes place, there is a significant clue: Ally's class takes a single-day field trip to the home of Noah Webster, who created the first American dictionary. That home is in Connecticut, a state in the North-Eastern corner of America i. New England. This suggests an approximate location for the book's overall setting. Much of the important action of the narrative takes place at Ally's school. That is the place where she is most bullied and most supported, most transformed by friendship, and becomes most aware of her own unique value.