The Cabinet of Wonders, The Kronos Chronicles, Book 1 by Marie Rutkoski

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4th - 7th, Homeschool
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“If you would like to know how easy it is to overlook evil, to see it for something else, Petra could tell you: it is the easiest thing in the world.” The Cabinet of Wonders

Petra Kronos is growing up in a magical childhood in the village of Okno, surrounded by mechanical metal pets that eat, grow, and in many ways are like the animals her inventor-father fashioned them after. He even gives Petra's pet spider Astrophil the magical gift of reading, the joy of learning, and the ability to talk. But times are hard. Her mother is gone, and her father has taken a job at Prince Rodolfo's castle in Prague where he has been commissioned to create the most beautiful clock in the world for the prince.

But things go horribly wrong. Oh, the clock is, indeed, the most stunningly beautiful clock in the world, but before Petra's father can finish its magical heart, the evil, power-hungry prince make a gruesome decision. He will finish the clock himself. (Here's the gruesome part) He will need the eyes of Mikel Kronos.

So shocked and saddened by the cruelty of the prince and the helplessness of her precious, gifted, now helpless father, Petra embarks on a quest to take back her fathers eyes, a quest that will lead her into great danger, a quest she cannot hope to complete without the help of others: her friend named Tomik, a gypsy boy, an acid-skinned woman, and more, all of whom had magical powers of their own. Will her own cleverness, honesty, empathy, and perseverance be strong enough magic to outwit the evil prince?

This fabulous, high fantasy set in medieval times, takes you back into real and imagined history where you will discover the how mistakes are not the end of life but the beginning of invention. Petra's good, strong character and respect for what is right will pave the way for successful quests in your own future!

The Kids Wings Literature Guide by master teacher Suzy Red comes to you in PowerPoint and PDF formats for easy projection and printing. The Activities include:

Pre-Reading Discussion Cards
Anticipation Guide
Readers’ Theater Introduction
Map Study
Making Connections: Predict/Read/Confirm Chapter Questions
The Quest and Objects of Importance
Dialectical Journaling
Characters and Their Magic
Vocabulary Lists and Games
Petra, A Character Study
What's Real? What's Fantasy?
Multiple Choice Comprehension Activities
Visualizing the Chapters
The Ballad of the Cabinet of Wonders--Preview:
Researching the Text, Chapters 9-11
Summarizing the Chapters--2 pages
The Cabinet of Wonders Logic Puzzle
Crossword Puzzle
Research a Question from the Dye Works
Sequencing the Chapters
Discussion/Review Questions for each of the four parts
A Wise Quote in Code
Characters in the Story Game
Guilds and Craftsmen
Research Projects
Post-Reading Discussion Cards
Writing Prompts
Answer Keys

Also included is an interactive Jeopardy-type game in PowerPoint format!
PLUS the original song and melody for the Cabinet of Wonders for extending the chapter summaries and converting to additional song lyrics.


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Total Pages
93 Plus 2 song and melody files
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
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