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TITLE: Official Lessons For: Misha the Brave
GENRE Companion Workbook
OFFICIAL WORKBOOK FOR: MISHA THE BRAVE
This Teacher/Student packet contains 33 lessons/activities for grade school, and low middle grade, students for use to study the children's novel, Misha the Brave. This book's purpose is to be used by teachers and home school teachers. Therefore, teachers at a profit, or non-profit grade school, may make photocopies of the lesson for use by the students in their class only. Photocopies cannot be used for the entire school or the entire school system. Likewise, home school teachers make photocopies of the lessons for use by their students only. Each lesson is printed on a single sheet so it can be removed from the book and used by the student or teacher. Teachers must use this educational at their discretion. Teacher’s answer key is in the back of the book.
SPECIAL NOTE: This is the official workbook for Misha the Brave by Tabbatha Bella. It is published by Vazdoo, LLC and approved by the author, Tabbatha Bella.
"An affecting work of juvenile fiction featuring memorable, sympathetic canine characters."
In this novel for older grade-school readers, a runaway abused dog joins a group of other rescue animals and finds both courage and her calling. Bella (Goodbye, Poonjab, 2018) begins her story with a harsh flashback, as Misha, a little pit bull mix, remembers the cruelty of her former owner; she later ended up on the scary city streets "with nowhere to go" and "no family to love her." Now Misha is sharing a car ride with Butchy, another rescued dog, to their new home in the country. The journey sparks a second memory for Misha--one of loneliness, terror, near starvation, and injury, before a garbage truck driver took her to a shelter and a veterinarian's care. (Bella doesn't sugarcoat why some dogs end up in shelters; Butchy's owners, for instance, were killed by a drunk driver.)
Misha and Butchy join an eccentric group of other rescues-turned-therapy dogs, led by Tank, a canine Iraq War veteran with the personality of a drill sergeant; little Maltese Gabriella; and Coco, a former circus dog. The dogs' caretaker, disabled ex-soldier Tommy, tells them that their "special duty" is to fight "depression with joy...and loneliness with love." As Misha wrestles with fear and a lack of confidence, Bella invites readers' empathy for the other dogs by giving them their own backstories. The author touchingly handles Misha's realization that she's worthy of receiving and giving love. Bella's pleasant, full-color illustrations punctuate the text, adding homely charm. She also adds unexpected elements to the story, such as Misha recognizing Tank's vulnerability during a crisis.
"Watching Misha find her place in this very special family is a marvelous and touching journey. "
Misha the Brave is an animal fiction story for children grades 4-6. Tabbatha Bella's rescue animal story for children is a moving, and well-written story, about an abused dog who finds freedom through family and serving others. Bella's story beautifully displays the transformative strength of a solid family and unconditional love. Watching Misha find her place in this very special family is a marvelous and touching journey. Misha the Brave is most highly recommended.
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