Descriptions Grade 2

The following are books you will find in the Grade Two AnimalTales program.

Hey, Little Ant by 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 by Clair Bushwald


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 by 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! by Trisha Tusa

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
  • Downloadable Smart Board Activities, Activity Sheets, and Video