Teaching Guide designed to develop an appreciation for literature and to improve reading skills, exploring critique and literature elements.
Mrs. Frisby, a widowed mouse with four small children, is faced with a terrible problem. She must move her family to their summer quarters immediately, or face almost certain death. Novel by Robert C. O’Brian.
This resource is directly related to its literature equivalent and filled with a variety of cross-curricular lessons to do before, during, and after reading the book. This reproducible book includes sample plans, author information, vocabulary building ideas, cross-curriculum activities, sectional activities and quizzes, unit tests, and ideas for culminating and extending the novel.
From Publishers Weekly
Animals race for a place in the Zodiac in this “complex and well-told” Chinese folktale, said PW, praising the “striking” design and dark, scumbled charcoal and pastel art. Ages 3-7. Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 3? In this version of the story behind the Chinese zodiac, the Emperor challenges all of the creatures to a race through forest and river, saying he will name each of the 12 years in the cycle after the winners. Rat and Cat, the best of friends, ask the water buffalo to carry them across the river. In sight of the finish line, Rat pushes Cat into the water and jumps off the buffalo’s back, coming in first. “And that is why, to this very day, Cat and Rat are enemies.” Young tells the story in lively, spare prose, and includes a chart of the signs and their characteristics. His charcoal and pastel drawings on dark blue and buff rice paper are elegant and full of action. Yet because of the somber colors, the pictures are hard to read, especially from a distance. Setting white type on black background only adds to the gloom. Monica Chang’s The Story of the Chinese Zodiac (Pan Asian, 1994), a bilingual import, illustrates the same story with paper sculptures that are brighter but more conventional, and without a chart connecting years to animals. Clara Yen’s Why Rat Comes First (Childrens, 1991) tells a different version, and provides chart signs and years with brief explanations of the characteristics. Since 1996 will be the Year of the Rat, schools and libraries planning Chinese New Year celebrations can use Young’s title, although the shadowed passion of his drawings forms an uneasy partnership with what is essentially a light trickster tale.?Margaret A. Chang, North Adams State College, MA
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Rats is a TFH Publication.
About the Author
Julie Mancini has authored numerous books and magazine and online articles, with animals as her primary focus. Pets have been an important part of her life since she was a child. Her first pet was a parakeet named Charlie, and since then, Julie has had many companion animals. Julie has been a freelance writer for the past 10 years. She and her husband currently live on a small farm in south-central Iowa, where they plan to raise alpacas.
This furry animal’s high intelligence makes it one of the most interesting of all caged pets. All Complete Pet Owner’s Manuals are heavily illustrated with color photos and line art, and are filled with reliable, easy-to-understand information on pet care. The many titles in this series show and tell pet owners how to care for dogs, cats, birds, fish, reptiles, gerbils, hamsters, and virtually every other animal that is kept as a pet. The books give advice on purchasing and otherwise acquiring a pet, maintaining health care, housing, proper feeding, and where applicable, grooming and training. Clear, straightforward text comes with high-quality, full-color photos and anatomically accurate line art, as well as helpful tables and charts.
From the Back Cover
Information and advice to help you take good care of your pet RatThe typical Rat: anatomy, temperament, physical traits, and moreExpert advice: selecting, caging, feeding, health care, and more. Click here to Purchase!
From Publishers Weekly
The heroes of the Newbery-winning Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH return in another funny, poignant adventure. Ages 9-12. Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From School Library Journal
Grade 4-7 This sequel to Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (Atheneum, 1971), written by O’Brien’s daughter, continues the NIMH saga with a focus on the second rodent generation: Timothy, Mrs. Frisby’s son, and Racso, son of the rebel rat Jenner. On his way to classes at Thorn Valley, Timothy saves Racso’s life but is himself severely injured. Both reach the Utopian colony only to discover that the valley and surrounding farms are to be turned into a tourist lake and campgrounds. Insecure and arrogant when he first arrives, Racso learns more than just how to read. In fact it is he who suggests a plan to save the colony sabotaging the dam site computer. Click here to Purchase!
These animals’ intelligence makes them fun to watch as they solve problems and engage in playful antics. Includes information on caging, feeding, breeding, health maintenance.
Pet owners and animal hobbyists are discovering rats as fascinating and intelligent creatures that can be bred selectively and kept as pets. This book advises on virtually all aspects of caging, feeding, rat management, and training. Although “rat homes” are commercially available, the authors’ detailed discussion of caging includes do-it-yourself ideas on ways to improve on the manufactured versions and convert rat enclosures into structures that better meet hobbyists’ needs. There is also advice on rat trainability, and specific rat-training instructions. Approximately 80 full-color photos.