by Clare Mishica
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 Lion and the Mouse
- 620-560 BCE
In this classic fable by Aesop, the ancient Greek storyteller, a tiny mouse proves to a powerful lion that she is greater than she seems.Pair “The Lion and the Mouse” with “Zebra and Wasp” and ask students to compare the two fables. How do the stronger animals in the two stories help the weaker animals? How do the Lion and Zebra feel about the Mouse and Wasp’s promises to help them one day? How do the Mouse and Wasp prove themselves to the other animals?
Jared to the Rescue
- Carole Duncan Buckman
In Carole Duncan Buckman’s short story “Jared to the Rescue,” Jared helps one of his classmates on the first day of second grade.Pair “Jared to the Rescue” with “Zebra and Wasp” and ask students to discuss the friendships in the two stories. How does Jessica and Jared’s friendship develop? How does this compare to Zebra and Wasp’s friendship? Why is showing others kindness an important part of friendship?
What is a Fable?
- Barbara Radner
In the informational text “What is a Fable?” Barbara Radner describes what a fable is and provides examples of fables.Pair “What is a Fable?” with “Zebra and Wasp” to provide students with information about fables. Ask students to discuss why “Zebra and Wasp” is considered a fable. What traits does it share with the fable discussed in “What is a Fable?”
Do What You Can
- Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
In the fable “Do What You can,” retold by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey, one raindrop wants to help a farmer with his dying crops.Pair “Do What You Can” with “Zebra and Wasp” to provide students with another story about helping others. Why does the first raindrop decide to help the farmer? How does this compare to why Zebra helps Wasp? Ask students to compare the themes about helping others in the two stories.
How Pixar Tells a Story
- Rachel Slivnick
In the informational text, “How Pixar Tells a Story,” Rachel Slivnick discusses why so many people enjoy Pixar films.Pair “Zebra and Wasp” with “How Pixar Tells a Story” and ask students to discuss why the fable would interest readers. How does “Zebra and Wasp” explore an experience or emotion that other people would relate to? What are some Pixar films that use animals to explore human emotions and experiences?