Shiloh. R.

INFO: Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds. Shiloh. R. 1991.

DESC: This heart-wrenching story is a hard-hitting tale of a young boy named Marty who falls in love with an abused, neglected beagle – who just so happens to belong to Judd Travers. It’s a story of compassion, bravery, and, ultimately, standing up for what you believe in, even if nobody else does. More than that, it’s an evocative and complex portrait of life in an impoverished mountain town in West Virginia, and the ties that hold the community together. Perfect for 3rd graders edging up into deeper and more mature reading material – and for anyone with a heart for animals! Written in West Virginia dialect — or the author’s approximation thereof.

TAGS: family, west virginia, dogs, animal abuse, bravery, courage, poverty, rural living, mountains, nature, determination, compassion, animal welfare, pets, chapter, fiction, R

Town Mouse and Country Mouse. L.

INFO: Smith, Annette. Town Mouse and Country Mouse. L. 1998.

DESC: This book is a traditional retelling of the Town Mouse and the Country Mouse, in a popular format for mid-level readers with an interactive play version at the end. The details included in the book can help students do more exploration of the main idea and theme in their writings and discussion. Watch out for the creepy masks in the back, though!

TAGS: fables, town mouse, country mouse, comparing lives, landscapes, animals, L