This book review is intended for use in a small group. The book, "A Rat's Tale" by Tor Seidler, is discussed in segments. Each segment is given fact finding questions, inferences, and vocabulary words. The student is encouraged to read for details in the fact finding portion. Inferences seek to engage the student in reasoning through comprehension. Vocabulary words are to be found in the text and then defined. Definitions that are provided may be found in The New Oxford American Dictionary.
Montague is a young rat with family responsibilities. He helps gather supplies for his mother to use in her hat making. But one day, quite by accident, he meets a beautiful she-rat, Isabel, who is lost. As he helps Isabel find her way home, he loses his heart, his view of the ratdom, and his self identity. Isabel and her family live on the wharf. The owner of the wharf has died and the nephew that has inherited the wharf is poisoning the rats so that he can build a parking area. What will Montague do to help save all of ratdom? How will he overcome prejudice against his namesake uncle and his own parents? Will Isabel’s parents ever accept him? This is an amazing tale….not just your ordinary “Rat’s Tale!”