Study Guide

Missing May The Home

By Cynthia Rylant

The Home

Home is where the heart is, and that's especially true in Missing May. With the reverence that Summer describes her home with May and Ob, you'd think that they live in a mansion like royalty, but in fact they just live in a rusty old trailer. That's okay though, because it's their love for each other that really makes it a home that none of them would ever trade for all the world.

Questions About The Home

  1. Why does Aunt May care so much about their little trailer home? Why do you think she's always so hesitant to leave it? 
  2. What about the trailer do you think makes Summer feel at home in the first place? 
  3. How is Cletus's home different from Summer's? How is it similar? 
  4. Does Summer consider any of the places she lived in Ohio home? Why or why not?

Chew on This

For Summer, home is all about who's there, not the actual structure in place. That's why she feels most at home in the trailer with Uncle Ob and Aunt May, even though it might not be as nice as the houses she stayed in previously.

By traveling away from Deep Water to the capitol, Summer and Uncle Ob are able to better appreciate their home when they return.

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