Jack’s Granny is sick with a bad case of the moozles! And the only cure is the fruit of the fantastic flumflum tree which grows on the faraway Isle of Blowyernose.
It’s a perilous journey, but Jack bravely sets sail, with a motley crew of only three — and a large patchwork sack that Granny has filled with an odd assortment of items from chewing-gum to tent pegs. But what use will they be against hungry sharks, a leaky boat and a thieving monkey?
Teaching Ideas and Resources:
- Look through the book to find examples of rhyming words.
- Imagine that you were going on the voyage with Jack to the Isle of Blowyernose. Make a list of the things that you would need to take with you.
- Make a table to show the things that Jack took with him and describe how they were used.
- Can you find any examples of onomatopoeia in the story?
- Rewrite the story from Jack’s point of view.
- A set of Thinking Hat resources have kindly been contributed by Peter Fogarty (see Resources below).
- Think about the items that Jack takes in the patchwork sack. What materials are they made from? How did this help Jack to use them in the story?
- Make a list of different types of fruit and where they grow.
- Could you rehearse and film your own retelling of this story. Watch this video for some ideas:
- Make a model of the boat that Jack builds.
- Look at the tools that Jack uses to build his boat. What are they and how are they used?
- Make a small patchwork sack to hold some of the things that Jack will need on the journey.
- Look at the different colour and shades used in the story. Can you use different art materials to create shades of the same colour?
- Imagine a new type of tree that nobody has ever seen before and create a picture of it.
- Compose the tune that the children use to stop the monkey stealing the flumflum.
- Draw a map to help Jack get to the Isle of Blowyernose.
- Granny caught the moozles. Make a poster to teach people how to stay healthy and try to avoid catching colds.