Thursday, June 20, 2024
I'm Sticking With You

I’m Sticking With You

by Mark Warner
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It’s wonderful to have good friends to see you through the good times and the bad. But sometimes, friends can also be a bit… well… overbearing.


  • Write a prequel to this story that explains how Bear and Squirrel first met.
  • Write a sequel about another adventure that the pair might have. Could they meet another friend to join their group?
  • Think of some speech / thought bubbles to accompany the illustrations. What might Bear and Squirrel be thinking or saying at different points?
  • Rewrite the text from the story using direct / reported speech. Remember to use the correct punctuation.
  • Make a list of rhyming words in the story. Can you think of other words that rhyme with these?
  • Create some character profiles for Bear and Squirrel. How are they similar / different?
  • Write a letter of apology from Squirrel to Bear. Write Bear’s reply.
  • Write first person diary entries from the point of view of Bear or Squirrel at different points in the story.
  • Write a poem about your friends (or what it means to be a friend).
  • Record a ‘read aloud’ version of this book. Here is an example:


  • At the start of the story, Bear and Squirrel share things. Create some problems that involve sharing equally.
  • Carry out a survey to identify the activities that your friends enjoy doing most. Use tables, graphs and charts to represent this information.


  • Learn about bears and squirrels and create a report to teach others what you have discovered.
  • Learn about the natural habitats of bears and squirrels. How are they similar / different?


  • Work with a partner to record a narrated version of the story. Think about the voices / accents that each character might have.
  • Design a game in which Squirrel has to find his missing friend.

Design Technology:

  • Create some puppets to represent Bear and Squirrel and use them to retell the story.
  • Design a new home that has enough space for Bear and Squirrel to live together happily.


  • Create your own illustrations of bears / squirrels.
  • Create a collage that represents what friendship means.


  • Could you compose a melody to accompany part of this story?
  • Could you compose a song about friendship? Can you think of songs that are based on this topic?


  • Create a map that shows the different places that Bear and Squirrel travel to in the book. Add some labels to show what happened in each location.
  • Label a world map to show where the family and friends of children in your class live. How does everyone stay connected?
  • Map the natural habitats of bears and squirrels.


  • Think of groups of friends who have worked together to change history in some way.

Physical Education:

  • Design some tasks and challenges that require people to communicate effectively and work together as a team.
  • Carry out a relay race where friends must complete a course together.


  • Learn to say the word ‘friend’ in other languages.


  • Think about a friend who has stuck with you during a difficult time. What did they do? How did you feel?
  • Design a card or a gift that you could give to a friend to show your appreciation for their support.
  • Bear tries new things because Squirrel shows him. What have you learned from your friends?
  • What does it mean to be a good friend? How are you a good friend to others?
  • Could you act out some scenarios from the story? Discuss how each character feels at different points.
  • Think of words to describe Squirrel’s emotions at different points in the story. How did his feelings towards Bear change as the story went on?

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