Academic journal article Language Arts

A Tale of Two Beasts

Academic journal article Language Arts

A Tale of Two Beasts

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A Tale of Two Beasts Written and illustrated by Fiona Roberton Kane Miller, 2015, unpaged, ISBN 978- 1610673617 7

This picture book, organized in two stories, begins with, "I was walking home from Grandma's house, through the deep dark woods, when I spied a strange little beast." The girl rescues the little creature and takes him home to bathe, dress, and feed. She decorates a cardboard box for him to sleep in and names her new pet Fang. The animal's expressive face shows how he truly feels about being held captive. One day the girl opens her window, and Fang runs away as fast as he can to the deep dark woods.

The second part of the book shares another side to the story. "I was hanging from my favorite tree, singing happily to the birds when . . . I was AMBUSHED by a terrible beast!" The little beast, better known as the girl, carries Fang to her secret lair where she makes him disgustingly clean, dresses him in a ridiculous sweater, and forces him to eat squirrel food. …

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