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by Carl Hiaasen

Man vs. Nature Theme

The Crays lead a life rich with natural learning, play, and duty. One of Mickey's major roles in Chomp (besides the good dad) is environmental stewardship—a.k.a. he takes care of the environment. While Wahoo willingly follows in his dad's footsteps, Derek tries to control nature and use it for his own selfish purposes. In this book, it seems like your fate is determined by how much you respect the environment.

Questions About Man vs. Nature

  1. In what ways does caring for animals shape Wahoo's personality?
  2. How does environmental stewardship impact other areas of Mickey's and Wahoo's lives?
  3. What happens to Derek as a result of lacking respect for nature?

Chew on This

Try on an opinion or two, start a debate, or play the devil’s advocate.

Chomp advocates for environmental awareness by punishing Derek for exploiting it.

For a long time, humans have used the environment for our own gain without thinking about the consequences of our behavior. This story shows us the consequences.

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