Thursday, January 28, 2010

Animal Morality

Gavin brought home a reading book about squirrels. In first grade language it described the life of a squirrel throughout the year, beginning with birth in the spring.

We spent a lot of time on the page that talked about how a squirrel's coat gets thicker in the fall. Gavin thought the coat was like his coat - something the squirrel can put on or take off. I explained the coat was another name for fur. He wondered if the coat had holes in the face for the squirrel's eyes. Somehow we moved past the coat page.

One page showed a photograph of a squirrel standing up on its hindlegs reaching into a bird feeder. The page said that sometimes squirrels steal food from bird feeders.

Gavin read this page, paused, then said, "I don't think that's very nice. But they're still learning." Then he turned the page.

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