Christopher Nibble loves his recycled bicycle! Now Christopher is the greenest guinea pig in Dandeville. He’s ready to rescue the town’s rubbish, turning old into new, in this story full of pedal power!
The story ends with the great Dandeville Recycling Race, where contestants turn up with all sorts of wheeled contraptions made out of old prams, wheelbarrows, and even skateboards.
Will Christopher show that two wheels are best and win the day?
Teaching Ideas and Resources:
- There are lots of examples of onomatopoeia in the book. Can you think of any more?
- Make a persuasive poster to encourage people to recycle.
- Retell the story in the first person, from Christopher’s point of view.
- Christopher and his friends give their recycled gifts to people in Dandeville. Can you write a ‘thank you’ letter from them to Christopher?
- Write a newspaper article for the ‘Dandeville Chronicle’ about Christopher’s recycling. Could you include an interview with him?
- Make a poster to advertise the ‘Tour de Dandeville Recycling Race’.
- Write a newspaper article about the recycling race.
- Make a set of instructions to teach people how to look after pet guinea pigs (see Resources below).
- There are a number of books about Christopher Nibble. Could you write a new story about him?
- Can you try some of the recycling ideas that Christopher and his friends try in the story?
- Can you try to recycle some old paper? Try following these instructions…
- There are lots of labels on the illustrations. Can you create your own labelled diagram of a bicycle (or a machine)?
- Recycle old junk materials into something new.
- Look at the front cover of the book. Each letter in Christopher’s name is decorated with a different pattern. Could you use a similar effect to create your own name?
- On the inside cover, there are pictures of guinea pigs in different outfits. Can you design a new outfit for a guinea pig?
- There are lots of different patterns and textures in the illustrations. Can you find other examples of patterns / textures (or make up some of your own)?
- Can you explain why people should recycle?
- Make a list of different things that can be recycled.
- Make a list of ways that people can help the environment.
- Find out about recycling schemes in your local area.