Compare and Contrast the character traits of the two men: This story presents a wonderful opportunity to show students this strategy. A Venn diagram could be used to show the differences and similarities between Fred and Walt, characters based on the author’s grandfathers. It’s fun to read through the book, then go back and read the top half all the way through, then go back and read the bottom part all of the way through. As you read, write the traits of each of the men in the diagram.
Differences: Walt likes to be with lots of people, but Fred liked to be alone. Walt was bored in the barn with the cats, but Fred would not have chosen to be at the tavern.
Similarities: both men worked in delivery services of goods to people, but Fred could leave his milk daily without talking to anyone, and Walt would have to make appointments to see who needed the wood and where they wanted it stacked. Both men were not dressed warmly. Both had food, a bed, and a shelter from the storm. Both agreed they didn’t have much choice in where they stayed.
Inferences from the illustrations: Walt liked dogs, Fred liked cats. Outgoing people are more like dogs, and introverts are more like cats.
Drawing Conclusions: I am drawing the conclusion that each man will head to his favorite place to be the next time a blizzard comes rather than working a little longer and getting stuck in the places they were this time around. Text evidence: each man said the three days they spent either in the barn or the tavern were the worst.
Point of View: Each man is describing the same event from his own perspective, one who likes crowds, and the other who prefers to be alone.
Cause and Effect: Because of the blizzard, the effect is that each man had to find shelter in a place they did not want to be.