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Carnivores

Reynolds, Aaron (Author)
Santat, Dan (Illustrator)
Chronicle Books 2013. 36 pages
First published: 2013
ISBN: 9780811866903 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

point of view, structures and features

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

It’s lonely at the top of the food chain— especially when all the plant eaters are against you. This is the conclusion of the lion, the great white shark and the timber wolf who decide to form an emotional support group because “even carnivores need to share their feelings.” Their first plan is to go vegetarian, but that doesn’t work. Then they try disguising themselves to blend in with the rest of the prey, but to no avail. Finally, they consult the great owl, whose advice about accepting themselves for who they are they follow— to a tee.

An ostensibly shrink-wrapped cover sets the tone, while bright, large format artwork uses mixed media to convey the expressive faces of each of the “savage,” unapologetic, loveable carnivores.

Children will devour this edgy, off-colour read-aloud about self-acceptance, with clever twists and hilarious, well-timed punch lines that make the “gross” subject quite palatable.

  •  

    Before reading the book, define carnivore and make a list of different carnivorous animals. Also discuss the terms omnivore and herbivore, and find examples of each.

  •  

    Discuss the story and decide whether or not carnivores are bad.

  •  

    Make a comic strip of the story.

  •  

    Make a book trailer for the book.

  •  

    Discuss whether or not carnivores are bad. Why do they have a bad reputation? Talk about other carnivores. What are you? What would happen if all animals ate only plants?

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    Write dialogue for all the animals and fish in the book. Act out the story with the class.

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    Make a game to match different plants and animals in a food chain. Use resources to help you.

  • To adopt effective work methods
  • To communicate appropriately
  • To exercise critical judgment
  • To use creativity
  • To use information
  • To use information and communications technologies
  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Science and Technology
  • Visual Arts