TeachKind Rescue Stories: Esther the Wonder Pig

Stories of people helping animals are all over the internet, and sharing them with your students is an excellent way to encourage kindness both in and out of the classroom. Because most children naturally feel compassion for animals, sharing rescue stories is a great way to engage and motivate different types of learners and encourage them to take action to help end animal abuse.

Each TeachKind Rescue Stories reading comprehension worksheet tells a different animal’s tale of transformation and features key vocabulary words and questions in order to encourage literal, inferential, and evaluative thinking. These worksheets were used in a study that found that students who read passages about having compassion for animals performed significantly better on Common Core–aligned assessments, demonstrating that instructional time need not be sacrificed in order to instill empathy in young people!

This rescue story is about world-famous Esther the Wonder Pig.

The above image is from The True Adventures of Esther the Wonder Pig by Steve Jenkins, Derek Walter, and Caprice Crane and illustrated by Cori Doerrfeld.

Use other TeachKind resources to create an entire lesson around it. You can use this worksheet to address the following Common Core English language arts standards:


    Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.


    Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.


    Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

Download December’s rescue story reading comprehension worksheet!

Download this lesson in digital format here!

Check out our other reading lesson based on the children’s book The True Adventures of Esther the Wonder Pig. 

Please share these resources to inspire other teachers to incorporate compassion for animals into their curricula!

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind