We have completed The Wild Robot book! The ending has left us wanting more...perhaps there will be a second book to come!
One of the major themes throughout the book is the idea of unlikely friends. There are many unusual bonds and friendships made over the course the book. For example, our robot Roz adopts and cares for a gosling who calls her "ma." She teaches him how to do many different things. In addition the animals on the island create many truces where they mutually agree to get along, co-habitat, or not hunt all in order to survive.
This theme left us wondering if this would really happen in nature. Most of us thought that it was mostly fiction and not possible to find in nature. However, after some exploration, we found that the story may not be as far-fetched as we believed. We learned about a relationship between a Tiger, Lion and Black Bear. We also learned about a tortoise named Mzee and hippo named Owen who also formed a strong relationship.
After this, many of us had changes in our thinking about the animal kingdom. The picture below shows our thoughts before our inquiry (yellow notes), and after (pink notes). The notes are organized by student responses indicating "no" on the left and "yes" are on the right. The yellow notes show that most students thought that this type of bond is not possible in nature. The pink notes show that many students had changes in their thinking after we explored the topic together.
Another big question involved the author's message. Why did Peter Brown include this major theme in the book? What lesson does he want us to learn? The students shared some wonderful ideas about what they thought the author is trying to tell us. Perhaps he is trying to push our thinking about the animal kingdom and his message is that their habitats and relationships are complex and should be protected. Or, maybe he wants us to make a connection to our own lives as we should show mutual respect for one another and collaborate with others.