What is the problem in chapter one of the book "Lyddie"?  

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I would say that there are multiple problems in chapter 1. The first major problem occurs when Lyddie is cooking dinner for the family. Her brother accidentally left the door open a bit, and a black bear wandered into the family's house. Lyddie immediately takes charge, and she is calm...

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I would say that there are multiple problems in chapter 1. The first major problem occurs when Lyddie is cooking dinner for the family. Her brother accidentally left the door open a bit, and a black bear wandered into the family's house. Lyddie immediately takes charge, and she is calm throughout the encounter. She gets her mom and siblings to a safe location in the house, and they watch the bear rummage around the room. The bear eventually gets to the boiling oatmeal and "thrust his head deep into the kettle." This becomes an instant problem for the bear because his nose met with the extreme heat, and the bear began experiencing quite a bit of pain. The bear then runs off.

The next problem is Lyddie's mother. She believes that the bear was a sign of the end times, and she immediately begins trying to get the family to move out. Lyddie and her brother do not want to do that. They are still hopeful that their father will someday return. The two of them flat out refuse to go with their mother, and their mom leaves with the other children. Lyddie and her brother are then forced to fend for themselves and take care of the property all throughout the winter. They do a great job with this only to discover that their mom has hired them out and loaned their property out to pay off debts.

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In chapter one of Katherine Patterson’s book “Lyddie,” a bear invades the family’s farm cabin, which scares Lyddie’s mother enough to pack up her family and move them to the home of relatives. Lyddie’s mother is a bit unhinged and the bear invasion makes matters worse. Lyddie refuses to go; instead, she stays on the family farm in an effort to save it. Her brother returns to help her once his mother and younger siblings are safely living at the relatives’ house. Lyddie and Charles maintain the family farm through a tough winter, weathering all of the problems that present. However, with the springtime a letter from their mother arrives telling them that she has hired them out for work in order to raise money to pay off the farm bills. The bear attack is ultimately a symbol of the problems Lyddie encounters throughout the book.

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