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A Guide to the More Common Literary Genres

Animal Stories

Stories in which animals are the main characters. Animals are given human characteristics -- such as speech. We learn much about ourselves from and through them.

Examples of this genre include:

  • Richard Adams, Watership Down
  • Robert C. O'Brien, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh
  • Avi, Poppy and Rye
  • Sheila Burnford, The Incredible Journey
  • Jack London, The Call of the Wild

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Animal/Nature Books Questions to get you started

1. List the main animal characters in the story. Tell what characteristics make these animal ‘personalities’ appealing or unappealing to you.

2. Do any of the animals in the story remind you of someone you know? Describe who an animal character reminds you of and tell why.

3. What problem did the main animal character encounter in the story? How could they have handled the situation differently and how would that have affected the resolution or outcome of the story?

4. Humans in animal stories are minor characters but they often affect what happens to the animals in the story. Describe how the humans help or hinder the actions of the animals in your story.

5. Animal senses are much sharper and keener than that of humans. They can use their sense of smell, sight, hearing and even their intuition to understand the world around them much better than we can. Describe how the animal characters in the story use their senses to help them.

6. How were the animals in the story personified?

Major genres (fiction) Click on a genre for detailed information

Action/AdventureAnimal StoriesDrama Fantasy Historical Fiction Horror HumourMagic Realism Mystery Poetry Realism Romance Science FictionWestern