Tuesday, April 23, 2024
The Pigeon Needs a Bath

The Pigeon Needs A Bath!

by Mark Warner
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Smell? What smell? I don’t smell. YOU smell. The Pigeon needs a bath! Except, well, the Pigeon’s really not so sure about that… Besides, he took a bath last month! Maybe. It looks like it’s going to take some serious convincing to get the Pigeon to take the plunge!

Teaching Ideas and Resources:


  • Write a new story about the Pigeon.
  • Write a prequel about the pigeon. Where did he come from?
  • Read the other books about the pigeon. Which is your favourite? Why?
  • Retell the story in the form of a playscript.
  • Rewrite the story in the form of a narrative text.
  • Write a persuasive letter to the Pigeon to encourage him to take a bath. Write the Pigeon’s response.
  • Make a list of synonyms for ‘clean’ and ‘dirty’.
  • Investigate the use of punctuation in the story.
  • Make a list of questions to use in an interview with the pigeon. Why didn’t he want to take a bath? How did his thoughts and feelings change throughout the story?
  • ‘SPLASH’ is an example of onomatopoeia. Can you think of any others?


  • Make a timeline that shows the events of the story.


  • Discuss how we can keep ourselves clean and healthy.


  • Use art software to create your own images of the Pigeon.
  • Could you create an animated version of this story?
  • Design an app to accompany this series of books. What features might it have?
  • Design a website to promote the ‘Pigeon’ stories.

Design Technology

  • Design some new bath toys that the pigeon could play with.
  • Design some packaging for a new brand of pigeon soap / shampoo.


  • Look at the images of the pigeon on the inside front covers. Can you make your own repeating patterns?
  • The pictures on the inside front covers show ‘before’ and ‘after’ images. Can you create some before / after pictures for your favourite children’s story?


  • Why is it important to be clean? Make a poster to teach others how to stay clean and healthy.

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