“Two Days in May” by Harriet Peck Taylor. Theme 4. Genre: Realistic Fiction. A realistic story is about realistic (could happen in real life, but they aren’t real) people, things, and events. The plot-including events, problem, solution-is made up (fictional).
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Sonia and her father, together with a group of their neighbors, launch a peaceful protest to help five deer that have wandered into the city in search of food.
to enjoy and understand
eating growing plants
relating to the number of people or animals living in a certain place
to suffer or die from not having enough food
on all sides of
an area of land
to move from place to place without reason
Let’s try it!
Read pages 73-78. Who are the main characters so far?
Why is Papa taking charge of this problem?
Fill in the organizer with details from the story.
Problem: The deer are in the city.
Do you agree with how the characters solve the problem?
Yes, when…. No, when...
Harriet Peck Taylor is both a writer and an artist. Her special interests
are animals and Native American folklore. As a result, her children's
books are often Native American folktales about animals.
Since college, Harriet Peck Taylor has been an artist. Her batik artwork
is shown in galleries as well as in public locations. She has done the art
for greeting cards, T-shirts, wallpaper, fabrics, and CD covers.
This author/illustrator loves the outdoors. On hikes in the foothills of
the Rocky Mountains, her two dogs often walk with her. For a while, a
young coyote would follow them on their walks. It would sometimes stop to
howl, and Harriet Peck Taylor began to howl back. Their "chats" went on
for several months. Once, the coyote even got near enough to touch noses
with the dogs!
Tracking animals is one of Harriet Peck Taylor's hobbies. She never
bothers the animals, but watches them simply for the joy it brings her.
She tracks bears in summer and fall, and mountain lions and other animals
in winter. "The snow always has a story to tell," she says. (from www.eduplace.com)
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