A Sneak Peek at Storyworks Paired Texts: Christian the Lion

Allison Friedman
You’ve probably already heard of Christian the Lion, the subject of Storyworks’s October/November Paired Texts. 
Doesn’t ring a bell? Allow us to refresh your memory:

Okay, now take a minute to blow your nose!
It’s easy see why that video, first posted in 2008, quickly became one of the most popular YouTube videos of all time. Your students can read all about the incredible interspecies friendship behind the video in author Tod Olson’s upcoming article, which tells the amazing true story of Christian’s upbringing in London, his release into the wilds of Kenya, and his emotional reunion with Ace Bourke and John Rendall. We’ve paired it with a lovely Rebecca Kai Dotlich poem that echoes the article’s powerful theme: that wild animals belong in the wild.
You and your class can get your paws on this powerful paired texts package on September 12, when the Storyworks October/November issue goes up on our website. In the meantime, we won’t blame you if you watch the video a few more times!


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