"Thoughtful Little Animals" is an innovative hybrid book. It is a colorful story that teaches children the importance of taking turns. The setting is on a small farm in southern Minnesota where Page the Pig teaches other animals the importance of taking turns through a dramatic storyline. The flip-side of the book is a short allegorical key for parents. The key unlocks the meaning of the story. It examines the idea of term limits for U.S. congressional members. In the tradition of stories like Aesop's fables, and the Wizard of Oz; allegories are a great way for kids to explore and hone their critical thinking abilities.