Freddie is desperate for a pet, so when he rescues Bessie-Belle and she offers to grant his wishes he knows just what to ask for. The only problem is that Bessie-Belle can’t hear very well, and Freddie tends to mumble. Whatever can they do? Luckily the Fairy Queen is on hand to explain…
Teaching Ideas and Resources:
- Think of words to describe what the fairy looked like.
- Make a list of the rhyming words in the story. Can you think of a new verse for each page?
- Think of some speech / thought bubbles for the characters in each illustration.
- Write a short story that explains how the fairy got stuck in the tree.
- Imagine that you met a fairy. What would you wish for? Can you write a story about what might happen?
- Can you think of other words that rhyme with ‘pet’ or ‘dog’ (or the other things that Freddie wished for). Add a new page to the story based on the idea that Bessie-Belle heard him say one of these words instead.
- Turn the story into a playscript, using the speech to help you. Could you perform it to an audience?
- What does Freddie do with all of the things that Bessie-Belle conjures up for him?
- Retell the story in the form of a recount from Freddie’s point of view… or from Bessie-Belle’s point of view.
- Bessie-Belle gives lots of animals to Freddie (e.g. frog, bat). Can you write some instructions to help Freddie to look after them?
- Write a newspaper report about the sighting of a fairy who has been granting peoples’ wishes (but making lots of mistakes).
- Continue the story… what happens after Freddie meets the gorilla?
- Estimate the size of the different things that Bessie-Belle gives to Freddie. Can you show this information in a table or a chart?
- Investigate some of the animals mentioned in the story. Where do they live? What do they eat?
- Take a digital photo of your head and use art software to transform yourself into a fairy.
- Make a stop-motion animation that retells part of the story.
- Make a poster, using publishing software, to share the three rules that the Fairy Queen gives.
- Split your page in two. On one side, draw the things that Freddie wished for, and on the other, draw the things that the fairy gave him.
- Draw your own picture to show what a Fairy King or Queen would look like.
- Compose a short tune to announce the arrival of the Fairy Queen.
- Draw a map showing the different locations shown in the story and add labels to show what happened there.
- Can you find out about the ‘Cottingley Fairies’? Could you try to recreate some of the images?
- Watch a video of the ‘Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy’. Could you plan and perform your own fairy dance?
- Could you learn some sign language to help Bessie-Belle to understand Freddie?
- Look at the facial expressions of the characters at different points in the story. How are they feeling? Can you draw your own pictures that show different emotions?
- How does Freddie communicate more clearly with Bessie-Belle? How can we help others to understand us?
- Bessie-Belle can’t hear very well. Can you find out more about this and other disabilities?