“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis
Bibliographic Information: MacLachlan, Patricia (2013). Nora’s Chicks. Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press.
Reading Level: 2nd grade
Synopsis: Nora and her family moved to the prairie from Russia. Nora was sad and lonely because she did not have a friend. Her father brought chicks and geese home and they became Nora’s friends.
Classroom Rationale: This book could be part of an integrated social studies unit on cultures and landforms as it’s setting is the prairie. The students could research how Russia and the prairie are alike and different. It could also be integrated into a friendship unit.
CCSS.RL.2.2- Recount stories, including fable and folktales from different cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.
CCSS.RL.2.3- Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.