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A Hole in the Wall
by Hans Wilhelm
Hans Wilhelm, Illustrator

Reinforced | 32 pages | 9 1/4 x 9 | US$ 16.95
ISBN: 9780823435357 | 01-31-2016

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: FIRST | Age: 4 to 8

Themes: Humor, Friendship, Repetition, Animals/Fiction
Recommendations: K, PW, SLJ

CCSS Codes:
L.K.1, 1b, 1c, 1e, 2, 2b, 4, 5, 5a, 5c
RF.K.1, 2, 3, 3c, 4
SL.K.1, 1a, 1b, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
W.K.3, 5, 7, 8
RL.K.1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10

About the Book

Friendship and harmony prevail in this humorous interpretation of Mark Twain's "A Fable."

When Dog looks inside a hole in the wall, he spies another dog! Dog can't wait to tell hog, lion and elephant the news. But when his friends look in the hole for themselves, none of them find the dog. In fact, they each see something different! An argument ensues. Each animal is sure the others are wrong, because everyone can't be right . . . can they? After a little reflection, readers will be delighted to discover that the hole in the wall is not a hole at all but a mirror. At the end of the day, friendship and harmony prevail.


★★★THE REVIEWS ARE IN★★★

"A fun story about self-perception, truth, and imagination; a great choice to act out with stuffed animals and a mirror.""School Library Journal

"A deceptively subtle thought-provoker for preschoolers.""Kirkus Reviews

"Wilhelm’s loosely outlined cartoon animals never lack for emotions, their exaggerated facial expressions highlighting their curiosity, skepticism, anger, and eventual delight. It’s an amusing addition to the bookshelf of stories that let children feel smarter than the characters they are reading about.""Publishers Weekly


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Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. Why are all the animals angry in the beginning of the story? RL.K-1.1, 3

2. Why are they happy at the end of the story? RL.K-1.1, 3

3. Write the names of all of the animals in the story. L.K-1.5a

4. Explain what is happening on the front and back cover illustrations. RL.K-1.7

About the Illustrator
Hans Wilhelm