This collection of passages for Grade 4 provides students with close reading practice. Read the excerpts in this book to meet fascinating characters from long ago-a doctor who talks to animals, a horse that talks to other horses, and a whole family of children who experience many of the same growing-up challenges that children face today. What can we learn from these characters that can help us in our own lives? What can we learn about the times in which these characters lived, both the joys and the struggles? Open this book to find out. Also included are places to pause and reflect on the text and opportunities to respond to the reading.