Once upon a time, Emily Brown and her old grey rabbit called Stanley met a very wet little teddy bear, who certainly needed a bit of cheering up. Perhaps a trip to Australia would help?
Teaching Ideas and Resources:
- The story begins with ‘Once upon a time’. Can you think of other stories that start like this? Can you think of a different way to start the story?
- At the beginning of the story, the weather is ‘drippy, drizzly, wet’. Can you think of other words to describe this type of weather?
- Could you write another book for the ‘Emily Brown’ series?
- Write a diary entry from Emily Brown or Stanley’s point of view about what happens in the story.
- The author uses lots of ellipses in the story. Can you explain why this is?
- Write a report about some of the Australian animals mentioned in the story. What type of habitat do they live in? What do they like to eat?
- Emily Brown and Stanley paint sunflowers. Could you grow your own sunflowers? Can you explain what plants need to grow?
- Plan a healthy picnic for the teddy bears to have at the end of the story.
- Find photos of the different places mentioned in the story. Could you make a presentation about each of the places?
- Look at the photos where cartoon pictures have been added to a photographic background. Can you try this technique to make your own picture or book illustration?
- Emily Brown and Stanley paint sunflowers in the south of France to try and cheer up the Tearful Teddybear. Could you draw / paint your own pictures of sunflowers?
- At the end of the story, the Tearful Teddybear has a big smile on her face. Can you draw a picture of a smiling person / animal / bear that might cheer somebody up?
- Compose a tune for the sad teddy bear’s song.
- The weather is ‘drippy, drizzly, wet’ at the start of the story. Can you find out about the different types of precipitation that there are?
- Think of different types of weather and make a list of words to describe them.
- Look on a map to find the places mentioned in the story. How far are they from where you live? How could you travel there? How long might it take? Could you plan the route? How are the places similar / different to where you live?
- Emily Brown and Stanley go camping in Australia. What things would they need to take with them?
- Look at the facial expressions and body language of the characters in different points in the story. How are they feeling? Could you think of speech / thought bubbles to add to the illustrations?
- Use the Feelings Cards (see Resources below) to discuss different types of feelings and emotions. Find related teaching ideas here.
- Make a list of ways that you could try to cheer up a friend or family member when they are feeling sad.
- Make a list of words to describe different types of emotions.