Sunday, April 14, 2024
The Story of Tantrum O'Furrily

The Story of Tantrum O’Furrily

by Mark Warner
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Tantrum O’Furrily’s kittens are hungry and doubt that a story can ease a stray cat’s rumbling stomach. However, they soon learn that stories are powerful and that if you’re courageous, you might find a saucer of milk at the end of that story.


  • Write a definition for the word ‘tantrum’. Can you think of synonyms?
  • Think of a new story that begins with the phrase ‘One wild and windy night’.
  • Make a list of similarities and differences between Smallpaw and Tantrum.
  • Make a list of reasons for and against Smallpaw leaving her comfortable home and going through the catalpa.
  • Look through the book and find examples of repetition. Why has the author repeated words at each point?
  • Retell the story from Smallpaw’s point of view.
  • Make a persuasive advert to encourage people to support animal rescue centres and charities that rehome cats.
  • Write a set of instructions to teach people how to look after a pet cat.
  • Write a sequel in which Smallpaw and Tantrum have a new adventure together.


  • How many animals are there in this story? How many eyes do they have altogether? How many legs?


  • Write a report about cats. How are they similar / different to other animals?

Design Technology:

  • Could you make a model of Tantrum O’Furrily, Smallpaw or the fox?
  • Make some puppets that represent the main characters and use them to retell the story.


  • Create your own illustrations of a domestic cat and a stray cat.


  • Create a map that shows Mrs. Worrykin’s house and garden. Add labels to show where different parts of the story took place.

Physical Education:

  • Can you try to move like a cat?


  • Find out the name for ‘cat’ in other languages.


  • After Tantrum saves her life, Smallpaw leaves a half-full saucer of milk out every night. Who has helped you in the past and what could you do to help them in return?

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