by Howard Pyle
We've identified these texts as great options for text pairings based on similar themes, literary devices, topic, or writing style. Supplement your lesson with one or more of these options and challenge students to compare and contrast the texts. To assign a paired text, click on the text to go to its page and click the "Assign Text" button there.
The Three Questions
- Leo Tolstoy
Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) was a famous Russian author, perhaps best known for his novels War and Peace and Anna Karenina. In this short story, a king looks for three answers to three questions in order to make himself a better ruler.Pair “The Three Questions” with “How Boots Befooled the King” and ask students to compare the two. How does each text portray the supposedly wise kings?
The Elephant's Child
- Rudyard Kipling
Written by English author Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), this fable tells the mythical tale of how elephants developed long trunks.Pair “The Elephant’s Child” with “How Boots Befooled the King” and ask students to discuss the protagonist of each story. How do they succeed, even though no one else believes they will?
The Crow and the Pitcher
- 620-560 BCE
In this fable of Aesop, a thirsty crow is desperate for a drink of water.Pair “How Boots Befooled the King” with “The Crow and the Pitcher.” Ask students to compare and contrast the main characters in each text. How are the Crow and Boots similar? How are they different? How does their cleverness lead to their individual success?
The Water of Life
- Howard Pyle
In Howard Pyle’s “The Water of Life”, a king abuses his power by asking a faithful servant to complete difficult tasks for him, hoping to win the love of a princess.Pair “The Water of Life” with “How Boots Befooled the King” and ask students to compare the style, tone, and themes in each. What similarities and differences can they identify? Ask students to make a list of characteristics that make up Pyle’s style. Students should support each characteristic with evidence from each text.