Folk tales, sacred texts and contemporary stories tend to either glorify or demonize our relationship with animals. For good or for bad, humans and animals are connected, and when we have a special animal in our lives, that connection can be powerful. Examine your own relationships with animals. Have you ever owned a pet? In what ways was that relationship mutually caring?
If you have never owned a pet, why not? Whatever your experiences, prepare to discover more about this intangible gift as you learn with the children.