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The Rabbits by John Marsden
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This book has so much potential as a great classroom resource. There are lots of levels of complexity to explore depending on the grade being taught. For instance, I've had a student teacher tell me they've used this with grade 4 (around 9 or 10 years old) about Canadian history and treaties with First Nations peoples. I see connections with higher grades related to colonization and imperialism. Also, great for teaching about allegory as a literary device in language arts.
Knowing the impact of rabbits as an introduced species on the Australian landscape(something often unknown by student teachers) adds another layer to this book. Connections to science and environmental education can also be made at various grade levels.
I love Shaun Tan's illustrations. The dark colours and heaviness to the illustrations tell kids in the elementary grades that there are some big issues here.
Lots of potential here.
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