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The Lamb Who Came For Dinner

Last updated Friday, March 6, 2009

Author: Steve Smallman
Illustrator: Joelle Dreidemy
Date of Publication: 2007
ISBN: 1589250672
Grade Level: 2nd    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Feb. 2009

Synopsis: Wolf is really hungry for his favorite meal - lamb stew! To his great luck, a cold, shivering lamb knocks on his door looking for shelter from the winter storm outside. So begins a funny tale of friendship with a wonderful twist at the end.

Note to readers:
•  Vocabulary words: Recipe, indigestion, thaw, and snickering

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  Read the title: "The Lamb Who Came For Dinner." What do you think that means? (Hint: My friends came for dinner vs. We are having rice for dinner)
•  Who is at the table? Do you think they are friends?

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  Conversation HEARTS: Letters to the Troops and First Family. In response to President Obama's call to service and volunteerism, make valentines to send the Troops or any member of the First Family (President Obama, First Lady Michelle, Sasha, Malia). Have each student write their first name, school and grade on the back of their valentine. Turn the valentines into the Site Coordinators to be sent out following the reading clubs.
•  Valentine's Day bookmark. Take a piece of construction paper and fold in half lengthwise. Fold lengthwise again, so there will be 4 long rectangles. Then, fold the paper in half width wise. This should give you 8 bookmarks per page. Cut on the creased lines. Next, decorate by drawing, putting tulle overlay or cutting and pasting on different colored hearts. After decorating, make a small hole towards the top. Take a piece of ribbon and fold it in half. Insert the folded end into the hole and bring the loose ends of the ribbon into that hole.
•  Paper heart ornament. Trace a large heart onto construction paper and cut out. Cut additional smaller hearts in other colors or using tulle/lace circles. Glue these additional pieces directly onto the large heart. Make two hole on each side of the heart. Cut ribbon and insert it through the 2 holes. Secure the ribbon by tying knots on each end. Heart ornament can be put on door knob or on a bulletin board.
•  Have you ever met your dinner? Have you seen the animals you eat before they are cooked? (lobsters, cows, chickens)
•  Is it difficult to eat an animal that you have seen alive?
•  Do you think the wolf and the lamb were friends in the beginning? At the end? Why did you think they became friends?
•  Can two very different people become friends?

Craft ideas:
•  Make a Valentine’s Day card.
•  Draw a picture of the Wolf holding the Lamb. Cover the lamb in cotton balls.

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!