Synopsis from http://www.sarapennypacker.com/pennypacker-pax.htm:
Pax and Peter have been inseparable ever since Peter rescued him as a kit. But one day, the unimaginable happens: Peter's dad enlists in the military and makes him return the fox to the wild.It takes me a long time to put together a literature unit that is thought-centered so students can best draw meaning from their reading. I finished this book with my son (5th grade) and took oodles of notes about what we discussed.
At his grandfather's house, three hundred miles away from home, Peter knows he isn't where he should be—with Pax. He strikes out on his own despite the encroaching war, spurred by love, loyalty, and grief, to be reunited with his fox.
Meanwhile Pax, steadfastly waiting for his boy, embarks on adventures and discoveries of his own.
What kept occurring was the discussion about Peter and Pax and how we learned so much about Peter through both Pax and Peter’s eyes. This brought me to address the topic of character change. Second, the obvious conflict in the story was discussed over and over. Each chapter has a new type of conflict and is the PERFECT book to discuss all four types. Third, the beautiful language used by Pennypacker was an obvious choice to discuss as we read. Several times, I stopped and reread aloud specific lines and quotes to either hear the language or discuss the inferred meaning. I have purchased 25 copies of Pax by Sara Pennypacker to use with our seventh and eighth grade intervention reading students.
The interactive format allows for teacher modeling and flexibility of thought as students read.
Here is an example of the matching anchor charts: