I think he made the characters mice to make the story be a bit more amusing. I really like how they are mice because I think it helps some people become more interested in the book. I think it helps make the story a little more interesting. I think that maybe at the end of the book there is going to be something to do with mice. I predict that he will somehow give the reason out about why he chose mice as the characters instead of people.
2) In the beginning of the book it seemed that Artie has asked his dad to share his war story many times and he said no. Why do you think Valdek didn't want to share his story with Artie at first? Do you think he is trying to protect his son from the terrible things he had seen? What do you think?
I think he said no because retelling that story can make him feel upset. Sometimes, when you retell a story I think you feel the same emotions when that event actually happened. I don't think he is trying to protect his son. I think he is trying to protect himself from these past events. For example, in the book, he will just randomly stop telling the story. It might be because he needs to stop telling it and needs to just take a break from retelling his past, or he could be doing that just because he is old and isn't focusing on the story.
3) The section of the book we have to read ends by Valdek coming back home to his family. Do you think he will ever have to go back and fight in the war? Or, do you think he will get in some sort of trouble with the Nazis? Do you think he will just stay with his family for the rest of the war? What do you predict will happen in the next section of reading?
I do not think Valdek will have to go back to the war and fight. However, I think the Nazis will become more powerful. It already seems as though they are gaining more power in Germany. I predict that they will eventually find Valdek and his family and they will somehow get separated. I think they will get separated at a concentration camp. I think that in this next section of chapters the Nazis will gain a lot more power and start taking over different countries.