Frightful, a peregrine falcon, has spent most of her life depending on a human and must now learn how to survive in the wild on her own.
Below are some reading passages that we have hand picked to supplement this book. Be sure to read the passage summaries and our suggestions for instructional use.
In this excerpt from Valerie Ormond’s Believing in Horses, Sadie and her horse Lucky get caught in a storm.
"The House Dog and the Wolf" follows a traditional fable structure. It is a great introduction to the themes of freedom and comfort and the inherent tension between them.
In the informational text, “Of Feathers, Fat, and Freezing,” Donna DeVoe DiFolco discusses how chickadees are able to survive freezing temperatures.
When plastic was invented at the turn of 20th century, it was lauded as a miraculous new material that could be used to create innumerable products. Few could have recognized the impact that plastic would have on our world – particularly in our oceans – over the course of a century.
In the informational text “Marley Dias: The 13-Year-Old Activist & Author,” Barrett Smith discusses the activism of a young girl who collects and donates books with black girls as the main characters.
In Julie Tozier’s “Strong for Skeena,” a boy must be strong for his sled dog after she is seriously injured.
In Linda Pastan’s poem “To a Daughter Leaving Home,” a mother describes watching her daughter ride away on her bike.
“Home” by Anton Chekhov is a comedy about a child-parent relationship. The act of disciplining his son provokes deep philosophical thoughts and attitudes in Yevgeny Petrovitch Bykovsky.