The Stray Dog: Marc Simont

The Stray Dog

Author/Illustrator: retold and illustrated by Marc Simont
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Year: 2001
Brief Summary: Based on a true story by Reiko Sassa, The Stray Dog recounts how a family comes to find and fall in love with a dog they named Willy.

Awards, Honors and Prizes:

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library:

  • Do you have any pets?  What kind of pet do you have and how do you take care of them?  What do you do with your pet?  (If child doesn’t have pet, have them talk about what kind of pet they’d like, why they would or would not want a pet.)
  • If you were to find a stray in your neighborhood, what would you do?  Have children make a “lost dog” poster…what kind of details would you include on the poster to help you find the rightful owner?
  • Discuss setting of the book…where does the majority of the story take place?
  • What does your family do on weekends?
  • In the middle of the book, the family spends an entire week thinking about Willy.  By looking at the pictures, how can you tell whether they are paying attention to what they were doing or not?  Write captions for what they are doing, or write what happens because they were daydreaming about Willy.

Brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core/etc.

  • Language arts: labeling “wordless” pictures and making inferences
  • Social studies: taking care of pets
  • Art: making posters

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.
Accessed at: Personal Library

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