Great book for teaching Inferring skills. The enigmatic origins of the stranger Farmer Bailey hits with his truck and brings home to recuperate seem to have a mysterious relation to the changing season.
When her husband, James, dies suddenly, Jessie neglects William, James's beloved cat. Then she realizes how lean and mean William has become without affection and that she needs his friendship, too. This winning story stands among the growing number of picture books using country life as a metaphor and as a setting for playing out fundamental human experiences and dilemmas.-The Horn Book
A zoo keeper recounts the story of John, Tonky, and Wanly, three performing elephants that were starved to death at the Ueno Zoo in Tokyo during World War II, and of their keepers, who weep and pray that the war will end so their beloved elephants might be saved.