Doctor De Soto
Author/Illustrator: William Steig
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux
Publication Year: 1982
Brief Summary: Doctor De Soto, the dentist, treats all sorts of patients, except for “cats and other dangerous animals”. When a desperate and pathetic fox shows up in pain and begs for help, Dr. De Soto relents, but not before taking special care to outfox the fox.
Awards, Honors and Prizes:
- Georgia Children’s Book Award, 1985 Winner Georgia Child Picture Story Book Award Georgia
- Golden Sower Award, 1985 Honor Primary Nebraska
- International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) Honor List, 1984 Winner Illustration International
- John Newbery Medal, 1983 Honor Book United States
- Golden Sower Award, 1985; Nominee
- Children’s Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, 2001 ; H.W. Wilson
- Children’s Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, 2006 ; H.W. Wilson
- Recommended Literature: Kindergarten through Grade Twelve, 2002 ; California Department of Education
Ideas for using this book in classroom or library:
- If you were Doctor De Soto, would you treat the fox or not? Do you think they were wise/kind, or careless/naive? Should they have trusted the fox?
- What other kinds of animals would fall into the “cats and other dangerous animals” category? Make a chart of these animals.
- Science: discuss predatory animals and their prey
- What might have happened if Dr. De Soto did not think of a way to outfox the fox? Write an alternative ending to the story.
Brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core/etc.
- Science connections
- Language art — making inferences, drawing conclusions, writing alternative endings
Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc. Link to teacher’s guide at publisher site http://hbpub.vo.llnwd.net/o16/teachersguides/9780374418106TG.pdf
Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library