by James Herriot
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 House Dog and The Wolf
- Gail Terp
"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.Pair “The House Dog and the Wolf” with “The Market Square Dog” and ask students to discuss the different ways dogs are represented as pets in the two stories. Do students think that the dog in “The Market Square Dog” would agree with the Wolf’s views in “The House Dog and the Wolf”? Why or why not?
The Third Wish
- Joan Aiken
In “The Third Wish,” Joan Aiken tells the story of a man who asks for three wishes after rescuing the King of the Forest.Pair “The Third Wish” with “The Market Square Dog” and ask students to discuss how love has the power to change people and animals. How is Mr. Peters changed by the love that he develops for his wife? How does this compare to how the dog is changed by the love he is shown by the veterinarian and policeman in “The Market Square Dog”?
The Lighthouse Lamp
- Margaret E. Sangster
In Margaret E. Sangster’s poem “The Lighthouse Lamp,” a brave girl saves sailors during a storm when she keeps the lamp burning in her family’s lighthouse.Pair “The Lighthouse Lamp” with “The Market Square Dog” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore what it means to be a hero. How do both Gretchen and Mr. Herriot make sacrifices to help others in each text? What characteristics do they possess that make them heroes?