HorseAndDogClassics

Upper-Junior Course/Parent Tutorial (10-12 yrs), $165 - No Prerequisite

The child and parent take this course together.  This is a reading and discussion course.  Animal themed literature – fun and meaningful! A delightful reading list will engage the child with quality writing and will form an interesting foundation for taking discussion deeper than mere comprehension. 

To Buy:

  • Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
  • Beautiful Joe by Margaret Marshall Saunders* (make sure of the edition)
    (Beautiful Joe does have a copy online as linked to here, but it is best to have the hard copy. See note below.)
  • The 101 Dalmatians by Dodie Smith
  • Old Yeller by Fred Gipson
  • Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
  • Brighty of the Grand Canyon by Marguerite Henry
  • The Sheep-Pig by Dick King-Smith
  • Bonny's Big Day and Only One Woof by James Herriot  (They are available individually or both are found in James Herriot's "Treasury of Inspirational Stories for Children".)

Reading List:

Week 1: Black Beauty by Anna Sewell, Ch.1 - 27

Week 2: Black Beauty, Ch.28 - 49

Week 3: Beautiful Joe by Margaret Marshall Saunders, Ch.1-12

Week 4: Beautiful Joe, Ch.13 - 24

Week 5: Beautiful Joe, Ch.25 - 37

Week 6: The 101 Dalmations by Dodie Smith, Ch.1 - 9

Week 7: The 101 Dalmations, Ch.10 - 18

Week 8: Old Yeller by Fred Gipson, Entire Book

Week 9:
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls, Ch.1-10

Week 10: Where the Red Fern Grows, Ch.11 - 20
(Note to parents: While appropriate contextually to the story, there are some strong scenes with graphic imagery related to injury and death in the second reading.)

Week 11: Brighty of the Grand Canyon by Marguerite Henry, Ch. 1 - 16

Week 12: Brighty of the Grand Canyon, Ch.17 - 36

Week 13: The Sheep-Pig by Dick King-Smith, Entire Book

Week 14: Bonny's Big Day and Only One Woof by James Herriot, Both Stories

*One edition of Beautiful Joe we found, while the text was the original, included footnotes and an introduction which expounded modern interpretation. This edition, edited by Keridiana Chez and published by broadview editions, is not recommended. Also note that Beautiful Joe went through many revisions during the time of the World Wars. To ensure that you have the original edition we suggest the book published by Formac Publishing Company Limited with an introduction by Gwendolyn Davies.