Sunday, May 26, 2024
Upside Down Babies

Upside Down Babies

by Mark Warner
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A brilliantly funny animal mother and baby book with a clever twist!

Teaching Ideas and Resources:


  • Find all of the rhyming words in the book.
  • Start your own story with the first line, ‘Once when the world tipped upside down…’. What might happen next?
  • Imagine that you were one of the animals that were mixed up. Write a diary entry about your experiences.
  • Write a set of instructions to teach one of the parents how to look after their new baby.
  • Can you find any examples of onomatopoeia in the story?
  • Write a sequel to the story that explains what happens to the gorilla and the baby after they swapped mums.
  • Write a story about some children whose school turned upside-down, and they had to go to different classrooms and go home with different families.


  • Can you find out how fast (or how big) each animal is in the story? Make a graph / chart to show the different results?


  • Make a list of similarities and differences between the baby animals and their new parents when they get mixed up (e.g. parrots and pigs, tortoise and otter).
  • Find out about the different habitats where each animal lives. How are they all adapted to live in those places?
  • What are different types of animals’ homes called? Can you find any names of their homes in the story?
  • Lion Cub shouts that he is a ‘carnivore’. What does this mean? Can you sort different groups of animals into carnivores, omnivores and herbivores.


  • Imagine that two different animals had a baby of their own. Use art software to create a picture of what their baby might look like.


  • Choose one of the animals in the story, find some photos of it and use these as the starting point for your own illustrations.


  • Can you find some places where the animals in the story might live?

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