EveryDay Use?          Why does the mother compare her daughters to different animals? What does this reveal about her attitudes toward Dee and Maggie?

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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It is clear from this story that the animal description that Mama gives of Maggie gives us a real picture of her character and her nervousness. Being compared to an animal hit by a car shows us how wounded and low Maggie is in her self-esteem. This also explains why Mama feels so protective of her and considers that she is in need of more help and support than Dee - and she is right, too.

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1.      What is the importance of names in the story? For example, what does “Wangero Leewanika Kemanjo” signify in the story?

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