Sunday, July 21, 2024


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Intended for young children, this book presents opposites in a clear and simple way, making the most of the old truth that one picture can tell a thousand words.

Teaching Ideas and Resources:


  • Look at the use of rhyming within the story. Can you make a list of the rhyming words?
  • Write a story about the girl in the book. What does she do? Where does she live? What are her favourite things?
  • There are lots of different types of punctuation in the story. Can you find each full stop, apostrophe, comma, ellipsis, exclamation mark etc?
  • Look at each of the illustrations and make a list of vocabulary that could be used to describe the different things that you can see.
  • Choose an animal in the illustrations and write about an adventure that it has.
  • Retell the story of the race between the tortoise and the hare that features in the pictures.
  • The book is full of ‘opposites’. How many can you find (e.g. fast / slow, weak / strong). Can you discover any more?
  • How many adjectives can you find in the story? Can you think of synonyms for each?
  • Could you make a poster to teach people about different opposites?
  • Look at the illustrations of the different (old / new) buildings. Can you write a story that might take place in each of them?


  • Use sorting diagrams to sort things that can be described using some of the words in the book (e.g. round, flat, weak, strong, dark, light).


  • How many animals can you find in the illustrations? What do you know about them?
  • How many different habitats are shown in the pictures? How are they similar / different? What plants and animals might live there? How are they adapted to live in each environment?
  • Think of different animals that are weak / strong, short / long etc. How do these different features help them to survive?
  • Identify materials and objects that are weak / strong, round / flat etc. Can you sort them into different groups?
  • Use the book as a starting point for learning about things that are hot / cold or light / dark.


  • Use a graphics program to draw examples of short / long, round / flat things.

Design Technology

  • Identify different materials that are weak and strong. Which ones are best for making different objects?


  • Draw / paint a picture of clouds that look just like something else.
  • Play ‘I Spy’ with a friend to find things within the picture.
  • Draw a picture of pairs of things that are opposite.
  • How many different colours can you see in the pictures of the rainbow? Can you try to paint your own rainbow?
  • Look at the illustrations in the book, as well as photos of real animals, and try to create your own pictures of some of them.


  • Can you think of different types of music that could be described as ‘opposite’ (e.g. fast / slow, calming / exciting, gentle / loud)?


  • Look at the different types of environments shown in the pictures. Where in the world might those places be? How are they similar / different?

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