Below is an annotated list of children's literature for the elementary classroom. The books are organized by the Six Elements of Social Justice Curriculum Design (Picower, 2007). It is based on work by pre-service teachers at Montclair State University. They have read and reviewed these books and provided insights into how they can be used in K-5 settings.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Faithful Elephants




Faithful Elephants byYukio Tsuchiya is a wonderful story that reveals the sad truth about what happened to animals at the zoo during times of war. There were three elephants and other animals that had to be put to sleep because the zoo keepers were scared that if bombs were to drop on the zoo that those animals would run around the city and hurt people.

This story shows that it was not only human beings that were being effected by the war. Animals, too, are being effected by the war. This story can be used in the classroom to show other perspectives of war. Discussions can be lead by this book. Topics such as the feelings of these animals; the feelings of the soldiers. The students can explore deeper issues of the interaction between humans, animals, and war. They will understand that they all are related in many ways.

Stages of SJE: Respect for others is covered in this book becausethe soldiers really did not want to kill those elephants. Exploring the issues of Social Justice is covered in this book because this book deals with how the animals were killed for not a very reliable reason.

The book is available at amazon.com

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