Author’s Purpose: to share the experience of learning about Christmas in Japan.
Mental Images: The mother describes the lights and trees in California to her son.
Organizational Strategy: Flashback: the book begins with the narrator telling the reader that he had not been back to the pond since he was not old enough to wear long pants.
Point of View: the story is told from the young boy’s point of view. Because his mother does not meet him at the door as usual, he infers that she might be mad at him for something. He then wonders why she is acting so strangely making the cranes, digging up the tree, and being so quiet.
Drawing a Conclusion: The mother in the story concludes that her son has been to the fish pond because he is flushed, wet, and cold when he comes home.
Sequence the events in the story from the time the young boy gets home, to the end when he and his father build a snowman.
Simile: At the end of the story, the author compares the passing of the days and time to the snow that has melted away; they are both now gone.