After reading that the girls assumed the Hirsches were on a vacation to the seashore, I quickly realized what was happening. The girls were covering up what was really taking place around them. They were fantasizing about at trip that was once a reality. Everyone has a special place that makes them happy or tranquil. I think it is important for children to also have such a place. Once you have read about the "vacation to the seashore" it would be an excellent time to question your children about a place that they have either fantasize about or actually go to when feeling rushed or upset . You could explain that the girls probably loved visiting the seashore. Then you could pose questions about the student's special place. After disscussion, the students could write about their special place and illustrate the things there that make them happy. Children love ownership. This is an excellent way to open their minds and give them complete ownership of their special place. It is also a lead into discussing why the girls still dreamed of and mentioned this happy place.