You’ve read to page 150, right? The dwarves and Bilbo appear to be lost. If only they had a map!
Look at the front of your book, and you’ll find the very map they need. Imagine Bilbo found a cell phone at the top of that very tall tree he climbed. He used the cell phone to call YOU (of all people)! Looking at the map, pretend you’re talking to Bilbo on your cell. What would you tell him about the map? What questions would you ask him? What advice would you give? Create an imaginary cell phone conversation between you and Bilbo, in which you describe for him the map and its regions. Offer him a few words of encouragement. You’re welcome to use your creativity and sense of humor for this exercise.
Here’s an example:
- ESTHER: Yo.
- BILBO: Hello?
- ESTHER: Who is this?
- BILBO: Mr. Baggins, at your service.
- ESTHER: Who?
- BILBO: Mr. Baggins of The Shire. At your service, madam.
- ESTHER: So what, you’re that little dude from the book I’m reading? The guy with the hairy feet? Him?
- BILBO: Er…
- ESTHER: Where are you?
- BILBO: I’m at the top of a tree in the dreaded forest of Mirkwood!
- ESTHER: Seriously? So this is the part of the book where you’re lost?
- BILBO: Indeed, Madam, I’m as lost as lost can be. Can you help me find my way out of the forest, through some magical means, oh woman of the shiny metal object?
- ESTHER: Woman of the what?
- BILBO: I’m of the impression you are a fairy or other magical creature, trapped within the talking object which I hold.
- ESTHER: You mean your cell phone?
- BILBO: Is that what it’s called?
- ESTHER: Listen, hairy-footed dude, I know exactly what you need, because I’ve been reading your book for my reading class. You need a map of Middle Earth.
- BILBO: Can you make one appear by magical means?
- ESTHER: No, but I have one right here at the front of my book. What do you want to know?
- BILBO: How much farther to forest’s end?