WHEN ZACHARY BEAVER CAME TO TOWN by Kimberly Willis Holt, A Story of Compassion

Kids Wings
Grade Levels
4th - 6th, Homeschool
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21 pages
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Kids Wings


by Kimberly Willis Holt
Compassion grows when the fattest boy in the world comes to town. This is a book you do not want to miss.

The summer Zachary Beaver came to town would be one Toby would never forget.
It was the summer his mother left home to try to become a country singer.

So many things happened … the war … his mother’s leaving … abandoning a friend ... and through it all, Toby’s character took root. His newfound compassion gives him strength to become courageous and to leave his own problems behind in order to comfort a friend. It is a journey that ends with helping Zachary Beaver, the fattest boy in the world, realize his dream ... to be baptized!

The 21-page Kids Wings literature guide by master teacher Suzy Red comes to you in both PowerPoint and PDF formats for ease and excellence in printing and projection. The Activities include:

Pre-Reading Discussion Cards
2-Page Choral Reading Introduction
What Town? Map Study
Character Studies
The Ballad of Zachary Beaver, A Musical Summarization Activity
Tawkin’ Texan Comprehension
A Verb Tense Activity
The Story's Voice
The Guiness Book of World Records
Reading Between the Lines
An Eye for Detail
Research and Report: Choose your Topic! Create a Research Board!

Character Summaries: Rooted in Friendship and Family, Strengthened by Storm,
Winged for the Future

Writing Prompts
Answer Keys


PLEASE NOTE: Kids Wings materials are written by highly experienced master teachers. We hire professional proof readers who are also master educators. We do our best to be sure each of our literature guides is top quality and error free, and classroom tested, but if you think we can do better, we welcome your input. If you find an error in our materials, please email us at suzy@suzyred.com so we can make corrections. After it is corrected, we will invite you to download a newly polished copy and will probably attach a surprise to our reply as a thank-you!

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Total Pages
21 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 month
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