13Summaries (4) - Summer of the Monkeys

by James
• Jay Berry could not have a better life, then
the monkeys came. They drove out his
mind trying to catch them. But there is a
before story to this story. Jay’s parents
were sharecroppers and hated it. Once
everything looked good mom had twins,
Jay and Daisy. Jay looked great but Daisy
had her leg twisted up. When things
looked bad grandpa told mom and dad
they could have some land. Dad bought a
bunch of animals and took off. Once they
got there they were amazed at the
scenery. Mom, after a long time picked a
spot for the house. They got settled in and
Jay had a dandy pocket knife and a real
good dog. The one day Jay went to get
the families milk cow and saw a monkey.
Dad thought it was a pet of a rich man,
but Jay thought it was something else.
• Jay went go tell his grandpa about the
monkey business and go get some things
for his mother. When he got he said to his
grandpa in a really loud voice, “Rowdy
treed a monkey” (Page 16). He said they
were trained monkeys $2 apiece and
there was 1 that was $100. Jay could not
get this out his head for the rest of the day.
So grandpa and Jay made traps and in
the process nearly cut off one of
grandpa’s fingers. Grandpa put meals
sacks on each of the traps so they could
catch them alive. He takes off for home
when grandpa reminds about what mom
wants. He gets the things and some candy
and takes off.
• When Jay got home he told his
dad about the reward and $100
monkey. When he heard this he
couldn’t get it out of his head
either. After that he talked to
Daisy about it. When he
mentioned monkeys she thought
he was going to skin them. He
told her that he was going to
catch them alive, that made her
okay. She told him about a man
who takes care of the hills. She
said that he didn’t like boys who
killed animals. She said that he
would die or get really bad luck
and not catch them. He just went
to go catch them after that.
• Chapter 1
• 1. Ramrod= A rod used to ram the charge
into a muzzle-loading firearm
• 2. Terrapin= Turtle that lives in freshwater or
• Chapter 2
• 1. Rind= tough outer covering of fruits, esp.
of the melon and lemon
• 2. Jasper= something that is valuable
• Chapter 3
• 1. Liable= likely or possible
• 2. Contraption= device or gadget
Jay Berry could not get any sleep what
so every that night. He saw monkeys
with prices and the hundred dollar
monkey would laugh at him. He so had
a good sleep dreaming of ponies and
guns. He got up early and after awhile
mom made breakfast and lunch Jay
and he took off. Rowdy saw a rabbit
and took off after it but Jay stopped
because of fear of the mountain man.
Soon he made all his traps and waited.
After a long time the monkeys came,
but the $100 monkey outsmarted Jay.
Then he tried another trick but that was
foiled too. He found another place to
set traps but all his gear was stolen.
Soon he hit the $100 monkey 2 times
and he was driven out of there.
• Jay ran and ran and didn’t follow the
path. His clothes got torn and ripped due
to this. When he got home he told mom
and dad about what happened in those
deep bottoms. When it came to mom and
Daisy they were hard to crack. He was
going to crack mom then Daisy came
along and ruined it. She asked questions
and that is all. Mom made Jay change in
order to go to the store. When he got
there he told grandpa about the monkey
trouble. Then grandpa gave him a
butterfly net. Then he told him about the
butterfly professor. He came nearly ruined
everything and left this net. That’s how
grandpa got the old net. After that
grandma called him.
He hid the net and walked into the house.
Grandma was the best grandma and
doctor a boy could have. She gave him lots
to eat. She told him he was getting skinner,
but he said he was hard. In the end Jay got
pie, milk and bread. He tired to use the net
but it didn’t work on wild animals. So he
tested it out on their duck Gandy. He was
mean and he and Jay were enemies. After
the net was around lots of stuff happened.
After it was over Gandy flew off. Mama
and Daisy thought he was clear out of the
country by now. Just then dad rode up and
Jay told him what happened. After that
mom wasn’t happy but dad let Jay hunt
monkeys still. So they went dig a hole in the
ground for Jay to hid.
• Jay got up early again and after breakfast
went to go get some monkeys. Along the
way they met Gandy, and he was in
terrible condition. After that they got to the
hole and covered everything up and
waited. They had some visitors along the
way but they still stayed there. When the
monkeys came they didn’t suspect a thing
at all, Jay ended with two monkeys. Both
Rowdy and Jay got bitten by the monkeys.
They started off for home when the big
monkey came. Most of the time he was
bluffing, then they were tugging at the
net. Soon all the monkeys surrounded Jay
and Rowdy. After a ton of stuff happened
Jay had no monkeys and he was bitten all
over. But the real problem was going
Chapter 4
Anvil= a heavy block of iron or steel on which
hot metals are shaped by hammering
Briers= bushes that have a thorny or prickly
wood stem
Chapter 5
Britches= pants or trousers
Crutch= something disabled people use
Chapter 6
Lilac= European shrub
Tonsil= either of a pair of oval-shaped masses
of spongy tissue that lie one on each side of
the throat at the back of the mouth
Chapter 7
Squall= a sudden loud cry
Whimper= to cry weakly or softly
• When Jay and Rowdy got home Daisy and
Mama were in an instant were taking care of
him and Rowdy. Daisy was afraid of the
monkeys having rabies. Papa said that the
monkeys would be vaccinated of all kinds of
diseases. While they were cleaning the
wounds of Jay and Rowdy they were hoping
all around town and back. The next day Jay
and Rowdy were so stiff they couldn’t move.
The whole family told him to stay in bed for a
few days. But when Daisy mentioned her Red
Cross nursing, Jay began to get up. He never
did like it when she did this to him. Then they
got Rowdy in Jay’s room through a wheel
barrow. She then went to work, she changed
bandages, washed, took his temperature.
Then she gave him water every 5 minutes,
that did not turn out very well. Three days
later Jay was going to grandpa’s. When he
got there he told grandpa everything. Then
grandpa told him about a friend making
idea. Jay took off for home.
• Instead of going into the house Jay went
straight to the cellar to get apples to make
friends the monkeys. It took him awhile to
actually get to the bottoms due to Rowdy and
Daisy. But when he did get out there he found
a whiskey still and the monkeys at the same
time. He found the monkeys acting strangely
around him. Then he figured out that they
were drunk and that was why they were
acting so strangely. Then a small monkey fell
in a barrel of sour mash and when was out
the other monkeys cleaned him off. Then Jay
made friends with the big monkey and he
made him have some sour mash, after a lot of
stick and mud throwing. Soon they were
drinking and drinking and sooner or later Jay
passed out. He woke up to find his birches
stolen. Then they went home, first off it took
them way to long to get home, and when they
did they were trouble. When Mama got to him
he was in bed, when he woke it was to mom
and dad that he woke to. Mom said the
monkeys were going to drown him and he had
a dream about it.
• Jay woke up feeling terrible, he couldn’t get out of
bed. Papa came and talked with him for awhile, he
said that they were going to the store. After they
left, Daisy went to work on Jay, but he didn’t like it
at all. Although he was being complicated she still
went to work on him. Jay knew she was in a Red
cross nursing spell and he just let her go to work.
After looking him over she found out that he had a
high fever, she also figured out that his tongue was
coated. To get rid of that she simply poured castor
oil and he threw up. But she wasn’t even going to
give him any, she just wanted him to see it. Soon
Jay was drinking by the bucket for water he was so
thirsty. Daisy said that she couldn’t get near
Rowdy, and Jay said it was because of the Red
Cross uniform. So she filled the hole with water
that Rowdy was in. But Rowdy soon became
overpowered and was being treated. Two days later
Jay was feeling great. After Jay had a lot of
breakfast he went to grandpa. When he got there he
told grandpa what happened. Then he said they
were going to town to the library to find out how to
catch those monkeys.
Off to Town We Go
• Dad woke Jay up just before sunrise, and
when he got downstairs he found
everyone up. Mama didn’t like the idea of
going to the library. Soon they were on
there way to town with Rowdy coming
along. But it wasn’t long before Rowdy
went after mama coon and her babies and
he lost. Then grandpa let Jay drive across
the river. At noon they reached town,
along the way they saw a Cherokee
college. They stopped at hotel for the
night and they put Rowdy in a room called
the tack room. Then Jay went to bed and
woke up about 10:00 a.m. After having
breakfast he went out to see grandpa and
they were off. When they got there they
found out they had to be quiet. When they
found the book and where looking
through it Rowdy came in and sung a
little. Just as Jay was tying Rowdy up
grandpa came out and said they needed
to go down town to go get something.
• Chapters 8-11
• Anxious= waiting eagerly for something to
• Coax= gently urging or persuading
someone to do something
• Covey= a small flock of birds of the same
• Desperation= a feeling that everything is
wrong and will turn out badly
• Dinky= small and of poor quality; shabby
• Gawk= to look at strangely or in surprise; to
• Hydrophobia= a disease, also called
• Liniment= a medicine rubbed into the skin
to relieve muscular stiffness and pain
Chapter 12
Coco for Coconuts
Soon Grandpa and Jay were off to the store to get
coconuts for monkey traps, grandpa said they love
coconuts. When they got there grandpa got a whole half
bushel of coconuts. Also Jay met a pretty girl who bought
ribbon, candy, and a shaving mug. When they the girl
winked at Jay and the storekeeper thought grandpa was
crazy. Grandpa said he should go kiss her to get her to
stop winking. Also Rowdy got to have some jawbreakers.
When they were on the road grandpa told him about the
trap they were going to make, Jay thought was going to be
cool. Also they saw a monkey head in the coco nuts. After
they crossed the river a 2nd time they went to a spring and
got a nice cool drink from a spring of water. But while they
were gone Jimbo traded the coconuts for Jay’ pants. When
grandpa went to the house and told the family he left
angry. The monkeys also happened to steal Daisy’s
ribbons, and she was mad. She nearly gave him the silent
treatment but he let her have Sally’s next calf, and that
shut her up. Jay went to bed terrible.
Chapter 13
• While Jay was sleeping a big storm aroused him. Just as he had woken
up Daisy came to his room because she was afraid of storms. Then she
told him about a god named Thor. She said the book was in the set that
grandma had given them. But he said catching monkeys was more
important, and when he said that word he went little crazy. He thought
that the monkeys drowned in the rain. Daisy tried to tell him a story but
he refused and went to bed. He had strange dream, he dreamed that he
was lost and soon tired, he fell asleep and the OMOTM showed him the
way to his house. He woke up and found a beautiful world to met him.
Daisy said the rain would make the corn grow 20 feet high. Daisy had to
clean her playhouse and Jay wanted to get to the bottoms, Mom said he
would get sick like the time he fell in a well. Sally Gooden was gone for a
week, Rowdy was bawling, the animals went crazy, and one of Daisy’s
cats climbed the house. After that Daisy went to go clean her playhouse
while papa and Jay went to go to their blacksmith’s shop. Rowdy was
going to follow Jay and papa into the blacksmith’s shop but when he saw
where they where going he put his tail between his legs and left.
Chapter 14
Da Fairy Ring
In thirty minutes the Blacksmith's shop was loud
and ringing. Daisy went up to her playhouse
carrying a broom along with Rowdy. Papa said
her leg was getting worse and worse but he will
do something about that thing. Then Daisy
screamed and Papa thought it was a snake but
Jay figured out that it was not by the fact that
Rowdy wasn’t bawling. When they got there they
found a fairy ring. Soon Mama came was also
blown away. Mama said that you make a wish
and it would come true. She told an old story
about how a couple were separated due to war
and it was just before their wedding. Then the wife
found a fairy ring and her husband came home 3
nights later. They soon realized that everything
was silent, then they all made their wishes even
Rowdy did. When they went to the house a hen
cackled her head off and everything seemed to
wake up after that. Mama and Daisy went to the
house while Papa and Jay went to the
blacksmith’s to finish what they had started. When
they got done with it Dinner was ready and they
were there and ready to eat that yummy food,
num nums in yo tum tums.
Chapter 15
Too many Monkeys
• After eating some breakfast Jay went to
the bottoms to go find the monkeys. He
tried call Jimbo but there was no
response, and Rowdy wouldn’t go 5 feet
from him. Then they tried to go through
the underbrush, but that was harder,
sometimes Jay couldn’t go straight
through he have to crawl. After awhile Jay
gave up and went back, but he thought he
heard something. But he only thought he
did and he heard again and took off in that
direction. Then he found Jimbo and the
monkeys in a hole. He saw that the
monkeys needed and so he helped them.
He dried all the monkeys off and took
twenty-nine monkeys, including Jimbo
back to the house with him. When they
got there the family was amazed and
speechless. Mama was afraid of Jimbo
until Daisy got him, that’s when mama
wasn’t afraid. After that Jay ran as fast as
he could to the store.
Chapters 12-15
Anvil= heavy steel or iron block on which metal is
hammered and shaped
Codger= odd or cranky elderly fellow
Pneumonia= lung inflammation caused by infection
Milling= to move in a circle or in an eddying mass
Whippoorwill= nocturnal North American bird with a
distinctive call
Eddy= whirlpool
Humdinger= remarkable or outstanding
Liniment= liquid or lotion to relieve pain
Chapter 16
Treats For
• Jay ran as fast as he could to grandpa’s store and he still had some steam
left when he got there. He told grandpa about the monkeys and how he
caught them and there happened to be the mailman there. So grandpa had
the mailman sent a telegram to the circus. After telling grandpa how he had
caught the monkeys grandpa told him to fill an entire bag full of candy, and
that is what he did. He also gave a giant ham bone to Rowdy. Then Jay asked
if grandpa had seen a fairy ring and he said no, Jay told him about the fairy
ring, grandpa wanted to know Jay’s wish but he turned him down. Jay went
home and gave the entire sack to Daisy. After that Jay and dad checked on
the monkeys. And after dinner they had bible reading. Then dad and Jay
checked on the monkeys and they were fine. After Jay had a terrible time
sleeping he woke up. After having breakfast the circus truck pulled up,
Rowdy didn’t like that truck. Jay gave the monkeys to the circus and they
were off, but they had kept the deal and gave the money to Jay. Jay then gave
$6 to Daisy for feeding the monkeys. And Jay went to get his pony
Chapter 17
Should’ve had a V8
• Jay ran all the way to grandpa's store with one hand in his pocket to make sure the
money would not fall out. The two ponies that grandpa got were ready to be bought, the
two ponies were a roan and a paint. Jay wanted the paint because of the beauty and
fastness. But the pony could not run because of a wound on its leg. Grandpa said that it
would heal in 4-5 weeks and that he should probably take the roan. After a lot of talking
with grandpa and wondering he picked the paint pony. Grandpa wasn’t entirely sure
about this he told him to discuss with it mom and dad. So Jay went back to his house
and along the way he tested the horse. He made it follow him and do some other things.
But when he got to the house he regretted getting the horse because he saw Daisy, He
remembered, should have had a V8. He went back and gave the pony to grandpa and
said he was going give all the money to Daisy so she could get her leg fixed. Grandma
also gave all the money grandma and grandpa had saved. When he got home he gave
the money to Daisy and Daisy got her money and dad got his and mom got all of her
money. Then Jay told dad that they would take care of the store while grandpa and
grandma took mom and Daisy went to the train to go to Oklahoma. Then they shook on
Chapter 18
Legs n’ stuff
• When Jay woke up he had to follow orders from both mom and grandma. Then grandpa,
grandma, mom, and Daisy were off. Then dad and Jay took care of the store and Jay got sick
the rest of the day because he ate to much candy. The next day Jay had to cook and dad had
to plow. Jay’s totally amazing cooking skillz failed him. Then they had a small dinner
of cornbread, but Jay didn’t starve while mama was gone, grandma fed Jay. They learned that
Daisy had the surgery happen. Then nothing for awhile and that nearly killed them. Then Jay
asked the OMOTM for help. The next night they learned that the surgery was a success and
they were coming home. The nest Dad, Jay, and Rowdy went for the train. They got there and
wet Mama and Daisy there and there was a lot of kissing and hugging and going home.
Chapter 19
Guns and horses= Jay Berry
• When they got home grandpa was there and he just happened to have the horse
Jay has been wanting. Jay was so happy and Daisy got him his .22 he has been
wanting, but he had to promise that he would not shoot any little animals. They
checked out the horse and then Daisy wanted to just run. And they ran and ran and
ran and ran and ran and ran all over the hills. Two years later Jay Berry Lee left the
farm. He was an explorer for the rest of his life and he went to the Artic and to
Mexico. Went to the Rocky mountains, But never forgot the day were he almost
gave everything he wanted for his sister. Never forgot all the unknown areas and
the very well known areas. Never Forget.
Vocab for chapters 16-19
Gelding= male horse
Roan= horse of a yellow-brown or reddishbrown sprinkled with gray or white
Snuff can= small can for holding snuff (a
powdery tobacco taken in through the nose)
Halter= rope or strap with a noose or headstall
by which horses are led or tied
Currycomb= comb or brush with metal teeth for
rubbing and cleaning a horse
Alfalfa= a plant of the pea family with deep
roots, grown as food for livestock, can be cut
several times and dried for hay
Hightail= run quickly, hurry
• Streamlined= having a shape that offers the
least possible resistance to air or water
(fastest cars have streamlined bodies)
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