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What If You Had Animal Hair?

Last updated Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Author: Sandra Markle
Illustrator: Howard McWilliam
Date of Publication: 2014
ISBN: 0606353747
Grade Level: 2nd    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Jul. 2022

Synopsis: If you could have any animal's hair, whose would you choose?

If you had a polar bear's double coat, you would never have to wear a hat when playing in the snow. If you had reindeer hair, it could help you stay afloat in water. And if you had a porcupine's hair, no bully would ever bother you again! Each spread will feature a photographic image of the animal and its hair on the left and an illustration of a child with that animal's hair on the right.

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  What different types of hair do animals have?


•  scimitar - /ˈsimədər,ˈsiməˌtär/ - An elegant, graceful antelope — which may be behind the legend of the unicorn — the scimitar-horned oryx is supremely adapted to desert life.
•  algae - Algae are plants with no stems or leaves that grow in water or on damp surfaces.
•  pangolin - an African and Asian mammal that has a body covered with horny overlapping scales, a small head with elongated snout, a long sticky tongue for catching ants and termites, and a thick, tapering tail.
•  keratin - a fibrous protein forming the main structural constituent of hair, feathers, hoofs, claws, horns, etc.

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  Which type of animal hair do you think is the most interesting?
•  Which type of hair would be best in cold or hot weather?
•  Which type of animal hair is the most different from human hair?
•  How do the different types of hair help animals? Any favorites?
•  What are the benefits of having animal hair?

Craft ideas:
•  Draw a human or another animal with a different type of hair. Use yarn or torn/curled colorful strips of paper to embellish. Describe some of the benefits of this hair.
•  Draw an animal with human hair. Write out some of the benefits of this type of hair.
•  Create a wig of animal hair from objects found in your house
•  Check our craft ideas on Pinterest!

*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!