Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros?

A cheap rhinoceros is available for a house pet. Explore the many services a rhinoceros can provide around the house.

Interested in using this resource in your classroom? Check out the posters that go along with this book: Goods & Services, Economic Wants.

Comprehension Questions

List the different services the rhinoceros could provide for you (the consumer).

  • holding hats
  • making donuts
  • scratching backs
  • protecting you
  • eating bad report cards
  • bed warmer
  • opening cans
  • helping with knitting
  • turning ropes
  • plowing fields
  • collecting extra allowance
  • eating scraps
  • playing battleship
  • playing records
  • providing a comfortable place to sit
  • playing hide and seek

Identify a service the rhinoceros was not great at providing.

He was not great at opening doors.

What did "good" the rhinoceros become as he helped provide some of the services?

Lamp, record player, plow.

What service could you provide for the rhinoceros? (Hint: It's on a Sunday!)

On Sunday, you can read him the comics.

Based on the list of services the rhinoceros can provide, explain if buying the rhinoceros would be a good purchase.

Answers may vary. Yes, because the "cheap" unusual pet provides many uses. No, because my mother wouldn't like such a gigantic pet in the house!

Author: Shel Silverstein
Published: 2002
Reading Level: 1.5
Grade Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader Level/Points: .5
Publisher: Simon & Schuster