by Syd Hoff
Reading Level 2.0
|Setting:||A zoo in the city and a school|
|Characters:||Sammy the Seal, the zoo animals, and the kids at school|
|Plot:||Sammy the Seal loves his home at the zoo, but he is sad because he really wants to see what is on the outside as well.|
|Solution:||The zookeeper allows Sammy to go outside the zoo because he has been a good seal.|
|Summary:||It is time for Mr. Johnson to feed the animals at the zoo. He tends to the lions, elephants, monkeys, bears, and seals. All the animals are very happy, except for one sad seal named Sammy. He is sad because he wants to leave the zoo and explore the city. Mr. Johnson lets Sammy go because he has been such a good seal. Sammy looks up at the skyscrapers, down at a manhole, and into a restaurant. He talks to people on the street. When he becomes hot and thirsty, he cannot find enough water to jump into, until he spots a bathtub in a house and jumps right in. Then he sees children going to school and decides that school would be fun to try. The teacher finally lets him stay, and Sammy learns to read, write, and play volleyball (which he does very well). All the children want him to come back the next day, but Sammy decides that there is [no place like home.]|
|Curriculum Connections:||Animal unit, zoo unit; discussion of sayings ([no place like home]); character education—everyone has a special talent|
Ask how many children have ever been to the zoo. What was their favorite animal? Has anyone ever seen a seal? In the zoo? In the ocean?
Show the students the cover of the book. Ask what they see. Ask if this story takes place in the country or in the city. Why do they think a seal is walking down the street with the children? Be sure they understand that this is a fictional story.
Ask students to do the following exercise: Picture yourself in a cage. How do you feel? What would it be like?
Discuss the parts of a book: the cover, spine, spine label, and title page.