C picked out Angus Lost by Marjorie Flack at the library last week and has been asking me to read it every chance she’s gotten since. She is completely in love with Dog Lost as she calls it, and she now refers to her gray stuffed Scottie dog as Gray Angus.
M and I also love this story about a little Scottish terrier who gets tired of the Same House and the Same Yard and the Same Cat and slips through the gate so he can explore some of the things down the Wide Road. He meets another dog, a goat, a car, and an owl before taking cover from a snow storm and eventually finding his way home by following the milk man.
I hadn’t realized that Angus Lost was included in Before Five-In-A-Row, but when I saw it listed in the table of contents, I knew it would be our book for the week. We spent most of a morning doing activities inspired by the book. We looked at pictures of Scottish terriers and Collies (the “other dog” that Angus meets) on Google Images. Then we colored a Scottie online and watched a clip of Jock from Lady and the Tramp on You Tube. I printed out a guide for drawing a Scottie and we made pictures of Scottie families.
One of the activity suggestions was to talk about caves and the animals that live in them and then to make a cave like the one Angus hides in during the storm. We read about caves at Enchanted Learning, and we looked up pictures of cave-dwelling animals both online and in our field guides. Then we made a cave using our play tent and a cardboard box.
We opened up both ends of the box and used it for our cave entrance. The girls draped blankets over the tent and the box to make it dark. They spent a long time playing in the tent, filling it with blankets to make a nest and food they were pretending to store for the winter.