When the Queen steals Emily Brown’s favourite toy and erstwhile companion, a toy rabbit called Stanley, Emily sets out to get him back and teach that naughty queen a valuable lesson.
Teaching Ideas and Resources:
- The story begins with ‘Once upon a time…’. Do you know any other stories that start with this phrase? Can you make a list of different story openers and choose your favourite? Could you write a story based on it?
- Retell the story from Emily or Stanley’s point of view, using the first person.
- Write a new story about a child and their favourite toy. Could you write about an adventure that you might have with your favourite toy?
- Write a story that explains how Emily first met Stanley.
- Emily and Stanley have lots of adventures together. Could you write about a new adventure that they might have?
- ‘Rat-a-tat-tat’ is an example of onomatopoeia. Can you find out what this means and find more examples?
- Imagine that you were going on an adventure with Stanley to Outer Space or the Sahara Desert. Plan what things you might need to take with you.
- Imagine that the Queen sent a letter to Emily instead of sending her Chief Footman / Admiral etc. What would the letter say? Could you write it? What would Emily say in reply?
- Look at the use of speech marks in the story. Can you write your own sentences / paragraphs that use speech marks accurately?
- Think of adjectives that Emily might use to describe Stanley. What adjectives does she use to describe the Queen’s teddy bear? Can you think of any more?
- Use the speech in the story to create a play script. Could you perform your play for others?
- Some of the text in the story is written in different sizes and in bold / italics. Can you explain why this is?
- Write a letter from Emily, replying to the Queen’s ‘Thank You’ note.
- There are a number of books featuring Emily Brown. Could you read one of the others or write a new adventure about her?
- What animals live in the places that Emily and Stanley visit, e.g. The Sahara Desert, the Amazonian Rainforest, and the Great Barrier Reef? How are they adapted to living there?
- Use ICT to make a new version of Emily’s poster telling people that Stanley is not for sale.
- Some of the text in the story is written in different sizes and in bold / italics. Could you type your own story and use different text styles to emphasise particular parts of the writing?
- Design a new flying machine for the Air Force to use.
- Can you sew a new cuddly toy for the Queen to have?
- Look at how the illustrations have been created. Some of them feature hand-drawn pictures on a photographic background. Could you make some pictures using printed photos as background images with your own sketches in the foreground?
- The pictures of Emily and Stanley’s adventures include a door from their house. Draw a scene showing what might be on the other side of a magic door.
- Find out about some of the places that Emily visits, e.g. the Sahara Desert, the Barrier Reef, and the Amazonian rainforest. Can you find these places on a map? Can you describe what they are like? How are they similar / different to where you live?
- This book has been translated into French. Could you try reading the translated version?
- Stanley is a special toy for Emily. What things are special to you? Why are they special?
- Emily sends her visitors away politely. What does it mean to be polite? Could you make a poster to teach others how to be polite at home / school?
- Imagine how Emily must have felt when she woke up and Stanley was gone.