Animals in Literature

Description Grade Two

The following books are included in the Grade Two AnimalTales package.

New books, activities and resources will be added for the 2021-2022 school year.

Hey, Little Ant

Phillip and Hannah Hoose

This parable about mercy and empathy asks readers to look at life from an insect’s point of view. A boy contemplates squishing an ant who pleads with the boy to spare him. A great conversation starter about how we and animals (even insects) are alike and different, and how peer pressure can lead to bullying.

Reading Activities Include:

  • Discussing the value of kindness to all living things
  • Looking at how peer pressure can lead to bullying
  • Discussing how ants, like people, have homes where they meet their basic needs

Max Talks to Me

Claire Buchwald

Max Talks to Me is a story of love and devotion between a young boy and his beloved dog Max. This story captures the caring behaviours and trust that foster a rich relationship between a child and an animal.

Reading Activities Include:

  • Identifying dog body language
  • Using body language to convey feeling (charades)
  • Demonstrating ways to show appreciation

Let's Get a Pup! Said Kate

Bob Graham

When Kate and her parents go to their animal shelter to adopt a puppy, it’s love at first sight…twice! In this sweet, humorous tale, a young family decides that two dogs are better than one—especially when one is wee and bouncy, and the other “old and gray and broad as a table.” A fun way to introduce the joys – and struggles – of pet ownership.

Reading Activities Include:

  • Discussing the benefits and challenges of owning a pet
  • Creating a graph to represent the pets owned by students
  • Identifying the needs of a pet and how to be a responsible pet owner

Fred Stays with Me!

Nancy Coffelt

Told from the point of view of a young child whose parents are divorced, Fred Stays with Me follows a girl and her dog, Fred, from one parent’s house to the other giving her a sense of continuity and stability. The story expresses and addresses a child’s concerns and highlights the friendship between child and pet.

Reading Activities Include:

  • Discussing positive interactions with animals
  • Identifying challenges and finding solutions
  • Discovering how service animals assist people

Also included in Grade Two AnimalTales

  • Teacher’s Guide (including curriculum connections)
  • Hands-on activity cards
  • Smartboard activities, activity sheets, and videos (online resources)

AnimalTales Request Form

Note: We will attempt to provide the program as close to this time as possible. You will receive an email confirmation verifying the availability of the program.

NOTE: Teachers can request one package for one time period. Multiple packages can not be sent to one teacher at the same time.

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