Married couples are used to little trips together. Henry’s wife can see no reason why they should stop just because one of them is no longer around. In fact, she can’t help going a little bit over the top, imagining all sorts of wonderful outings, including dinosaur rides and dolphin drawn water ski sessions. In the end, however, even the most magical and exotic daydreams can never quite compare to their past everyday life together.
Teaching Ideas and Resources:
- Write a story about a new adventure that Henry and his wife have between four and seven one day.
- Make a collection of the rhyming words in this story.
- Find out about the author of this book and create a biography / fact file about her.
- Make some speech / thought bubbles to add to each of the illustrations.
- In this story, Henry has his angel wings. Write your own story about an angel.
- Make a list of other stories that include angels. How are they similar / different?
- Make a list of words / phrases to describe each adventure that Henry and his wife have together.
- Create a timeline of the events in Henry’s life.
- People think that Henry’s wife is having ‘forty winks’. What is sleep, and why do we need it?
- Create some illustrations that show different events in the life of Henry and his wife.
- Some people believe in heaven. Create an illustration that might show what ‘heaven’ looks like.
- Find out about life expectancy in different places around the world.
- Are there any differences between funeral traditions around the world?
- What do people of different religions believe about death? How are religious funeral customs similar / different?
- Think about the people who are special to you. Why are they special? What adventures do you have together?
- How do people remember the lives of friends and family members who have died?
- What do you believe happens to a person when they die?
- If you could spend an extra day with a person who has passed away, who would you choose? What would you do together? Can you write a story about the adventure that you might have?