by Rudyard Kipling
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 Story of David and Goliath
- The Book of Samuel
In this passage, the translation taken from the New King James Version Bible, the young and small shepherd David takes up the giant enemy warrior Goliath’s challenge for battle in a true underdog fashion.Pair “Rikki-Tikki-Tavi” with “The Story of David and Goliath” and ask students to compare the themes of the two texts. What do Rikki-tikki and David have in common? How are they able to overcome their enemies? Do they face a similar conflict? Why or why not?
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 “Rikki-Tikki-Tavi” with “The Elephant’s Child” and ask students to compare the characters in each story. How do the cobras act differently from the Bi-Coloured-Python-Rock-Snake? How does Rikki-tikki compare to the Elephant’s child?
A Cobra in the Garden
- Mahani Zubaidy Gunnell
In Mahani Zubaidy Gunnell’s “A Cobra in the Garden,” Gunnell discusses her time living in Borneo and the cobra that lived in her garden there.Pair “Rikki-Tikki-Tavi” with “A Cobra in the Garden” and ask students to discuss how both texts depict the relationship between humans and animals. How do the humans respond to the cobras in both texts? How do the themes of the texts compare?