Doctor De Soto: William Steig

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:

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

Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library


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