Tuesday, May 28, 2024
The Scarecrow's Wedding

The Scarecrows’ Wedding

by Mark Warner
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Two scarecrows, Betty O’Barley and Harry O’Hay, are planning the perfect wedding. But wicked scarecrow, Reginald Rake, has other ideas and almost ruins their special day. Harry must become a hero before he and Betty can have the wedding of their dreams.

Teaching Ideas and Resources:


  • Find all of the rhyming words in the story. Use them to make your own rhyming dictionary.
  • Write your own story about the adventures of a scarecrow.
  • Write a prequel to the story in which Betty and Harry meet for the first time.
  • Create some captions, speech bubbles and thought bubbles for each illustration.
  • Create a new page for the story, in which a different group of animals contribute something to the scarecrows’ wedding.
  • Create a newspaper report about ‘the wedding that no one will ever forget’.
  • Retell the story from Harry’s, Betty’s or Reginald’s point of view.
  • Make a list of questions that you could ask the characters in the story. How might they reply?
  • Make a list of words / phrases to describe each character in the story.
  • Create a set of instructions that teach others how to make a scarecrow.
  • This story has been adapted into a theatre production. Could you write your own play script and perform it to an audience?
  • When the book was first published, some adults complained that it includes smoking. Discuss whether children’s stories should include references to smoking or not.


  • Make a list of things that might be needed for a wedding. Can you find out how much these things might cost? Use this information to make your own word problems.
  • Harry thinks that he needs ‘a jug or a vase or a cup or a tin’ to carry the water. Can you think of any other items that can be used to carry water? Estimate or measure how much liquid each can hold.


  • Why do farmers put scarecrows in their fields? Find out other ways that farmers help their crops to grow.
  • Make a list of all of the animals that you can see in the illustrations. Could you make a food chain using some of them?
  • Find out about fire safety. Could you make a poster, advert or website to teach others how to stay safe?


  • Use publishing software to create some invitations to the wedding.
  • Listen to this audio version of the beginning of the story (performed by Julia and Malcolm Donaldson). Could you record your own version with music and sound effects?
  • Create your own video review of this story. Use this example for inspiration:

Design Technology

  • Design some wedding clothes for a scarecrow… and other clothes for different occasions (see Resources below).
  • Make your own model (or life-size) scarecrows. Could you set up a scarecrow trail around your school?


  • Look at photos of different scarecrows and use these as the inspiration for your own illustrations (see Resources below).


  • Create a story map that shows the locations on the farm and the events that took place there.
  • Plan a honeymoon for the scarecrow couple. Where should they go on holiday? How will they get there? What will they need to take?
  • Scarecrow trails take place in lots of places around the UK. Can you find the location of your nearest one?


  • Make a list of the ways that the animals helped Betty and Harry. Make a list of ways that you can help others each day.
  • Find out how smoking can affect the body.
  • Make a poster to teach others how to stay fit and healthy.


Scarecrow Template

Scarecrow Template

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Scarecrow Photos

Scarecrow Photos

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