Walk Two Moons

by Sharon Creech


Salamanca Tree Hiddle is taking a trip with her grandparents from Euclid, Ohio to Lewiston, Idaho, to visit her mother's final resting place. Along the way, Salamanca tells her grandparents the story of her best friend, Phoebe Winterbottom, whose mother, like Salamanca's, remarkebly decides to leave home. Salamanca gradually becomes caught up in her friend's dilemma and finds herself engaged in a amity with a boy from school, Ben. Join Salamanca in a wild journey across the states.

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During Salamanca's mothers disappearance, she uses symbolism to help her cope; blackberries, singing trees, and tulips. All three of these symbols have deep meanings to salamanca, which connect her to her mother.
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"She wanted me to know that she would think of me every minute, and that she would be back before the tulips bloomed." (pg.110) Salamanca's mother had said this to her in a goodbye letter. Its means that her mother would be expected to return before the tulips bloom, in the following spring, which she did not. Salamanca grew up on a farm, which had a field of tulips not too far from it, This is probably why Salamanca's mom had said that in the letter. There is not much information about tulips in the novel, but the one part they do have is is big.
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"Truth is, I did not have allergies to blackberries, but I could admit it reminded me of my mother." (pg.22) This is when Phoebe's mother offered Salamanca some of her homemade blackberry pie. Salamanca feels connected to blackberries because, after her baby died, her mother ate blackberries and then kissed a tree, and once her mother left she came to look at the tree, and there was a purple stain where her mother had kissed it. " Its name is Blackberry." (pg.225) This is near the end of the book when Ben, sals love interest, gives her a chicken. This is significant, because Ben knew how much blackberries meant to salamanca, and that she lived on a farm with chickens.
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Singing Tree

"The longer I stared up at the tree, I thought it might have been singing itself."(pg.100)

This is when Salamanca is sitting underneath the Tall Aspen tree, and a bird is in the tree singing a true birdsong, but you could never actually see the bird, so her mother called it the singing tree. Once her mother had left, the delightful singing in the tree had stopped." When I was younger, I heard the most beautiful birdsong coming from the top of that tree."(pg.99) This is another part from the information above when she is beneath the tree.

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All these symbols have helped Salamanca get over the fact that her mother is gone, and she is not comming back. Her mother was in love with nature, and all these symbols have to do with it; blackberries, singing trees, and tulips. They all have deep meaning, and a great connection with her mother. Hope you enjoy the book!