Activities Writing

The Boy and His Flock

A 3D collage made with magazine clippings shows a black child wearing a red headscarf with a black flower pattern. The child is looking directly at the viewer with a serious expression and is holding a baby deer across his chest and interlocking fingers of both hands in front of him. Behind the child are two other people wearing white head scarves and walking uphill looking exhausted with their heads tilted toward the ground. There is at least one more small animal with them in the grass and a tree trunk. The background is pitch black except for a trail of white smoke across the top of the sky.
Collage by Elizabeth Lokon

How To Do It

  • Together, use your imaginations to create an original story based on this picture.
  • Write down your ideas in response to the questions below.
  • Give the story a title and read aloud with emotions the story you just created.
  • The last question asks you to connect the picture to your own stories.


  1. What do you think the people are doing in this picture?
  2. Why do you think they are out in what appears to be the nighttime?
  3. What do you think the boy holding the animal is thinking? What shall we call him?
  4. Who are the other two figures at a distance? What is their relationship to the boy?
  5. Create a dialogue between the boy and the two figures at a distance.
  6. What do you think will happen next?
  7. Share your favorite stories about taking care of animals.
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