Post CEFR level: A2

 

Yes, it’s a guessing game! What’s furry, funny and fabulous? It’s your favorite animal! Of course, it doesn’t have to be furry—it can have feathers or scales, or a nice hard shell on its back, like a turtle. Animals of all shapes and sizes have always been part of our lives—they’re our pets!

We talk to them, we play with them, we care for them—in short, we love them! We establish a very special relationship with our pets. And the wonderful part of this relationship is that they love us unconditionally and forever!

Animals are often the protagonists of great stories. In Rudyard Kipling’s THE JUNGLE BOOK, the animals of the jungle talk to the little boy, Mowgli, and they talk among themselves. In this very special story, the animals of the jungle look after Mowgli and they educate him with loving care.

In the reader MIAMI POLICE FILE: THE O’NELL CASE, a frightening murder/mystery is solved by three young teenagers with the precious help of Rover, a clever beagle dog with a great sense of smell.  Rover’s master had disappeared mysteriously and was nowhere to be found, until Rover helped the three young detectives. Without Rover, the O’Nell case was a bizarre mystery that no one could solve.

In Jack London’s THE CALL OF THE WILD, the sled dog Buck is the hero of the story. Buck’s life in Alaska was very difficult, until he found Thornton, a kind and loving master. Buck loved Thornton and saved his  life twice in very dangerous circumstances.

Horses are wonderful, intelligent animals that have helped shape the history of the world. Long before ships, trains, cars and airplanes existed, horses were the only means of transport. Before the completion of the American Transcontinental Railroad in 1869,  horses were the only way to cross and explore the huge American continent. The famous Pony Express was the only way to get mail across America until the invention of the electric telegraph. The riders of the Pony Express depended on their fast, strong horses to deliver mail to the most remote places. The riders and the horses were changed at special posts along the way. It took about ten days to deliver a letter from Missouri to California!

Fortunately, today all animals are protected by the SPCA: Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which has offices, shelters and animal hospitals all over the United States, Great Britain and other European countries. The SPCA works with governments to make sure that animals’ rights are respected. It’s our way of saying thank you for existing to all animals.

 

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