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The Zodiac Race
Paolo the Pig

In his story about the Zodiac Race, Paolo the Pig learns that KINDNESS and being CONSIDERATE can make a difference.


Paolo the Pig’s friends like to tease him because he likes to sleep and eat, and Paolo promises himself to exercise more. During a cake eating contest, Dylan the Dog gets in trouble and the Pig stops eating and helps his opponent. Dylan is thankful, and after the contest the two friends decide to go for some exercise and join the Zodiac Race. As Paolo approaches the end of the race, the Cat makes fun of him. A determined Paolo dashes to the finish and claims the 12th and final zodiac spot.


  • When the others made fun of Paolo, how did it make him feel?

  • If Paolo didn’t stop and help Dylan, what do you think would have happened to the Dog?

  • What exercise did the Pig and Dog decide to do after the cake eating contest?

  • How did Paolo react when the Cat made fun of him near the finish line?

  • If you were the Pig, what would you have done differently?


  • What does the word Kindness mean to you? Can you list out other words that mean the same thing? (Caring, considerate, generous, friendly, warm-hearted.)

  • Name a person that you think has kindness. What has that person done that makes you think that they are kind?

  • What are some things that you can to say to others that are kind? (You look very happy today! Have a nice day! Thank you very much. Is there anything I can help with?)

  • What are some things that you can do to show that you are kind? (Help with chores around the house, Help the elderly, Donate and give to those in need, Be friendly to others, Take care of other children.)

  • Practice saying kind things about other people. Choose a partner and then try to finish these sentences: “I look forward to seeing you because…”  “I really appreciate it when you…”  “I like it when you helped with…”

  • Brainstorm together a list of kind acts you recently saw, and separate them into BIG and SMALL acts of kindness. From small things like saying “thank you” to big things “like helping organize a birthday party”.

  • Helping others is a great way to show your kindness. Name something you’ve done for another person recently, and explain how it made you and that person feel.