|Wilbur (front) & Orville (back)|
|Fudge the rabbit, dressed in holiday gear by a teacher|
|This picture of Max was taken by a student this year.|
|L-R: Chita, Wilbur, Orville|
|Julio the chameleon, circa December 2005|
Unlike Julio, Orville's death was sudden and unexpected, but these moments still provide an opportunity for us to talk with our students (or our own children) about tough issues that are a natural part of life. Lessons on fractions or mapping will be forgotten but spending time with other living things will not. When my students were interviewed for a study about school libraries, some of them mentioned that their favourite part of the library was seeing Julio & Fudge. At my Superconference workshop, I plan on going into detail about the benefits and research - however, today's post was more about retelling some stories about some of the animal companions with whom I've shared my library (and home) space.