This past week Grade 1-3 classes have been amazed by the true story of Jim Key in Wonder Horse by Emily Arnold McCully. This horse, who lived more than 100 years ago, was trained by Bill “Doc” Key, a former slave who became a veterinarian. Professors from Harvard University confirmed that Jim Key could recognise letters and colours and could even count and do arithmetic due to Doc Key’s teaching with kindness.
This story reminds me of the quote by Albert Einstein that we must widen “our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” Doc and Jim Key have helped us remember that animals have feelings and need to be treated with respect and kindness.
We then watched a short excerpt from the excellent series BBC Super Smart Animals and you can watch the ABCNews version of the story of Chaser, here: