Once there was a boy who found himself stuck on the moon... and he was not alone.
The way back home by Oliver Jeffers.
Once there was a boy and one day
as he was putting his things back in the closet he found an airplane.
He didn't remember leaving it there but he thought he'd take it out for a goal
right away. The plane lifted off the ground and up into the sky...
higher and higher and higher. Suddenly the plane sputtered...
it had run out of fuel. Now the boy was stuck on the moon.
What was he to do? He was all alone and afraid and soon his flashlight began
to go out. Meanwhile, up in space someone else was in trouble too.
His engine had broken down.. And steering the ship towards a flicker of light,
he landed on the moon with a bump. The boy heard noises.
The Martian heard noises. Both feared the worst. Both as their eyes guys
got used to the dark both the boy and the Martian realized they'd met
someone else in trouble. They weren't alone anymore. The boy showed
the Martian his empty fuel tank and the Martian showed the boy his broken
engine. Together they thought of ways to fix their machines and get them
both back home. As the earth was nearest, boy went first. Down he jumped...
right into the sea... and swam towards home. But by the time he got there
the boy was tired out so he sat in his favorite chair, just to catch his breath.
His favorite program was just starting, and he settled down to watch.
Suddenly he remembered what he should be doing! He rushed off to the
closet to get what he needed. Then he ran outside and shouted. But there
was no reply. He couldn't be heard. The boy climbed to higher ground, called
again and waited. This time a rope was lowered. The boy began to climb and
the Martian began to pull, and soon the boy was back on the moon.
The boy fixed up the Martian's ship with a couple of rubber bands and
a wrench. While the Martian filled the boy's fuel tank. They said good-bye
and thanked each other for their help. They wondered if they'd ever meet
again. After a long and tiring night they were both finally off the moon.
The boy went one way and the Martian went another, both on their way back home.
1. What did the boy find in his closet?
2. Who else got in trouble on the moon?
3. How did they go back home?