Jim Key was a crippled colt who was loved and educated by freed slave Doc Bill Key. His intelligence was recognized by “Doc” and was trained to recognize the alphabet, primary colors and could even do some math. They traveled together demonstrating to everyone that kindness must be extended to animals as well as people.
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Your local humane society will have specific events for your community. Check with them about celebration dates to tie-in the reading of this book.
*Sponsor a food and pet supply collection for your local humane society.
*Print activities you can select appropriate for each grade level at
http://www.printactivities.com/Theme-Printables/Horse-Printables.html *FOR 3RD GRADE in particular, dust off some oldies but goodies and get kids interested in chapter books about horses written by Walter Farley. This web site by his son, Tim Farley, gives background on the author. Many of his books are Lexiled at the 600 to 900 range. http://theblackstallion.com/web/author/
This is a web site rich in the history about Doc and Jim Key. It was, however, created by another author, Mim E. Rivas who has written about these same characters.