Timeless Thursday: Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
September 25, 2009 in Elementary Educators, Making Personal Connections, Middle Grade Novel, Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds, Reading Skills, Timeless Thursdays Tags: books about dogs, Newberry Award winner, Newberry Medal, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, Shiloh, Shiloh Season, Timeless Thursday
Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor is a Newberry Medal winner and the beginning of a series about a beloved dog and a young boy, Marty Preston. I chose it for today’s “Timeless Thursday” because animal stories, especially well-written ones, are always a big hit with kids. This book, which I taught in a fifth-grade classroom, was a big hit with boys. Many of them were very upset at the treatment of Shiloh. Many of them can’t help talking and journaling about their own pets while reading Phyllis Reynolds Naylor’s classic.
Don’t worry about Shiloh being outdated or not relating to today’s generation. It does. You can read this book out loud to students or use it in literature circles. While reading, discuss the themes of love, loyalty, friendship, honesty, and integrity. Discuss the characters of Marty and Judd Travers, and compare and contrast them. Let students make personal connections between the ideas in the story and in their own lives. You can do these same skills at home if you homeschool.
If your students love Shiloh, then they might want to check out Shiloh’s Season, too.