Book One & Book Two Curriculum Guide
- Common Core Standards
- Discussion Questions
- Sequencing Story Events
- Making Connections
- Creative Activities
- Writing Exercises
- And more!
Additional Discussion Themes & Questions
- What does it mean to be loyal?
- Can you be loyal to an idea? A person?
- Which characters demonstrate this quality and how?
- Have you ever shown your loyalty to someone/something? Give some examples.
Courage & Heroism
- Has Henry always been a brave mouse? How does he change throughout the story? What evidence can you find to support your theory?
- Who else demonstrates courage in the story and how?
- Describe a time when you had to be brave. What happened? Did you surprise yourself?
Integrity, Honesty & Being True to Yourself
- Sometimes we are faced with difficult decisions and the choices we make can say a lot about us. Sometimes we need help making hard decisions.
- What are some of the difficult decisions that young Henry Whiskers is faced with?
- What choices does he have?
- How does he decide what to do and what do his choices say about him?
- What would happen if he made different choices?
- Describe a time when you’ve had to make a difficult choice and what it felt like.
- Did you have help deciding what to do? How did it turn out?
Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover
- What does this saying mean?
- How does it apply to this story?
- Do any characters break the pattern and if so who and how? Did it take courage to break the pattern?
- Can you think of a real life example that demonstrates this saying?
- What happens when we “judge a book by its cover?” Have you experienced this in any way? What happened? How did you feel? What could have worked out differently? Give examples.
Hopes & Dreams
- Even a young mouse can have hopes and dreams. What are Henry’s?
- What clues can you find that suggest his aspirations?
- Does he achieve any of these in the story and if so how?
- What are some of your hopes, dreams, passions or aspirations?
- How does Mother Mouse encourage her children to express themselves?
- What are other ways that a mouse might express him/herself?
- Note: This is a great opportunity to differentiate between what someone wants to express and how they express it.
- How do you express yourself? What can we learn from these examples?