When a reader reports he’s worried about sharing a room with his brother now that the family is moving to smaller quarters, Arizona reveals what happened when she had to bunk with her younger sister, Indi, during their grandparents’ month-long stay in their house. Indi was thrilled to share her space and belongings with Arizona. But Indi’s constant chattering, snoring, let’s-pretend games, and night-time rituals made it impossible for Arizona to kick back and relax. Arizona had a massive meltdown when Indi helped herself to her sister’s stuff.
How to get more out of the story
- Set aside a time to relax with your child and read Ask Arizona together.
- Use the story to introduce a new sleeping arrangement in your home or to explain the dos and don’ts of borrowing possessions and sharing a space.
- Take turns reading. Discuss the pictures and the text. Ask your child, “Does Arizona’s body language indicate what she may be thinking or feeling? What do the toys in the room say about Indi and the kinds of things that are important to her?”
- Ask your child: “Is it a good or bad idea to have rules about what kinds of things sibling roomies are allowed to touch or borrow? Is it fair to ask one child to leave a room if the other wants to go to sleep? Was Arizona happy at first to move in with Indi? Why did her attitude change?”
Now boost reasoning skills and reading comprehension. Ask your child to:
- Name three things Indi did to delay her bedtime.
- Explain why Arizona was able to read in bed even though Indi slept with the lights out.
- Describe what happened to Arizona’s belongings when she shared a room with Indi. What couldn’t she find? How did the items disappear?
- Explain why Arizona’s mom called a family meeting. What did Tex suggest? Why wouldn’t that idea work?