Special Sub-Topic: The Animals That Made Reading Fun!
|Arguably one of the best children's books ever written, "Charlotte's Web" is the story of a pig who is taught about the value of friendship by a spider. What is the pig's name?|
Wilbur. Published in 1953, this Newbery Honor book is still a favorite with kids everywhere!
|Phyllis Reynolds Naylor won the Newbery medal in 1992 with this great story about a boy who faces some tough decisions regarding a mistreated beagle. What is the name of the pup? |
Shiloh. Set in the town of "Friendly", West Virginia, this story does a great job depicting how one young boy works out a moral dilemma all on his own.
|I still can't finish "Where the Red Fern Grows" without getting a little misty over the demise of which two dogs?|
Old Dan and Little Ann. When you really think about it, Wilson Rawls did a great job of "tricking us" into bemoaning the loss of two creatures who ultimately cause the deaths of hundreds of innocent (and equally cute) raccoons!
|Not all animal books are about dogs and horses. For example, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings altered the typical "boy and his pal" recipe by using what animal?|
deer. You would never guess by the title "The Yearling" that Rawling has packed alligator battles, bear buddies, and rattlesnake encounters into this book that revolves around a boy and his pet deer, Flag.
|Touted by the NY Times as "the most famous fictional horse of the century, "The Black Stallion" was centered on what marvelous equine creature?|
The Black. Walter Farley based an entire series around The Black and his equine relations; a few were even brought to the big screen.
|"The Incredible Journey" provided proof that cats and dogs CAN get along if they absolutely HAVE to. What breeds of animals were Sassy, Chance, and Shadow?|
Siamese cat, Bull Terrier, and Labrador Retriever. I hope Disney's "Homeward Bound" movie adaptation didn't muddy the waters of your memory as you tried to recall Sheila Burnford's furry protagonists. The book is a true classic, but if you haven't seen the Disney version with hysterically funny voicework by Michael J. Fox, Sally Field, and Don Ameche- you're missing out!
|The author of "Black Beauty" cleverly addressed animal cruelty by letting the animals speak for themselves. Name the author who gave Beauty, Ginger, Merrylegs, and others a voice.|
Anna Sewell. Set in 19th century England, this novel follows Black Beauty through a long line of owners, both good and bad. Sewell does such a great job humanizing these horses, that by the end of the book it could be argued that horse ownership amounts to slavery!
|What is the title of the book by Walt Morey that pairs a bear and a small boy named Mark?|
Gentle Ben. After the death of his older brother, a small boy finds solace in the form of a bear cub. As the cub grows, so does their friendship. Unfortunately, their Alaskan neighbors can't help but frown on their politically incorrect relationship. Another tear jerker.
|While George Orwell's "Animal Farm" might have been, in reality, all about the Russian Revolution, it still presented some pretty vivid characters. Do you remember the name of the apathetic, but intelligent donkey?|
Benjamin. I don't know what was harder to stomach in this movie, the mindless chanting of my favorite animals or the exploitation of the lovable, but clueless Boxer. It's hard to read this book and not relate it to people and situations that you have personal connections with.
|Richard Adams did more than write a book about freedom and human nature- he created an entire culture for all of "rabbitkind". What was the title of his lapine adventure? |
Watership Down. I was assigned this 400 page monster in high school and I have to admit that, at first, it was hard to buy into the plight of long-eared characters named Hazel, Bigwig, Fiver, Dandelion, and Bluebell. I found that this was no "kiddy book" however, when battles and miscarriages became story fodder. Definitely a great read.
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