The next day is Sunday, and Rob and the family go to church. In the afternoon, Rob takes Pinky for a walk up on the hill above the farm.
Since it's springtime, the snow is melting, and there are little rivulets of water here and there. Rob cracks some butternuts for Pinky to eat, and builds a little "flutterwheel" from a few sticks in one of the tiny streams.
Pinky gets scared by a crow and a frog; the frog then gets eaten by the crow—poetic justice, eh?Rob remembers a time that his father joked with him about trying to teach a frog to jump backwards. Rob took his father seriously, so he caught a frog and tried to teach it.
He didn't have any luck, though. Surprise, surprise.
Pinky goes rooting around in the dirt and ends up with a crawdad attached to her nose.
Rob pulls the crawdad off and throws it into the pond. Looking toward Mr. Tanner's farm, Rob thinks that it "sure looked prosperous next to ours" (5.23).
He sees Apron the cow with her two calves, Bob and Bib. (Bob the calf is named after Rob.)
Rob himself is named after Major Robert Rogers, a colonial frontiersman who fought in the French and Indian War.
Rob realizes that it's close to chore time, so he and Pinky head home.
When he gets there, Mama calls him inside the barn to show him that Miss Sarah, their cat, has had kittens.
Miss Sarah is purring, and the babies are all cuddled against her, nursing.