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Wild Child

Wild Child

by Mark Warner
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Meet Wild Child! She’s spirited and curious. She’s fearless and free. She lives alone in a mystical, prehistoric world – the last child in a dramatic landscape, where anything could happen. Follow her through her day as she explores her world from the foot of the mountain to the heart of the wood; while she runs with the rabbits and swims with the fish – but beware of the grown-ups and sensible shoes!

Join the magic and unleash the wild child in YOU!

Teaching Ideas and Resources:


  • Can you identify the rhyming words in the story?
  • Write a new story from the point of view of the very last child left in the wild.
  • Think of words to describe the different materials and textures that you can see in the illustrations.
  • Make a list of vocabulary to describe how the Wild Child is feeling in each picture.
  • Imagine that your brothers and sisters were different creatures. Can you write a story about an adventure that you might have with them?
  • The story is written in the first person. What does this mean? Could you rewrite it in the third person?
  • Think of some speech / thought bubble that could be added to the illustrations.
  • Write a diary entry from the point of view of the Wild Child.
  • Write a diary entry from the point of view of one of the children who was caught and put in a zoo.
  • Write a sequel to the story where the Wild Child finds a friend.
  • The Wild Child is ‘spirited and curious’, ‘fearless and free’. Can you think of other words to describe her?
  • The Wild Child lives in a ‘magical prehistoric world’. Look at the landscape photos (see Resources below)?and use these as the setting for your own magical stories.


  • How many different plants and animals can you find in the illustrations?


  • Can you try to recreate some of the illustrations using a digital camera?
  • Try to recreate some of the pictures using painting / art software.

Design Technology

  • Look at the hut in the pictures. Could you make a model of this using construction materials?
  • Can you find out about different types of shelters that people and animals make?


  • Design some new clothes for the last child to wear. What types of materials would they be able to use?
  • Draw your own pictures of what you think a ‘Wild Child’ might look like.
  • Sketch / paint your own illustrations of a Wild Child living in the forests.


  • Think about the sounds that might be heard by the Wild Child in each picture. Could you try to recreate some of these and perform them while someone is reading the text?


  • Look on a map and try to find places where the photos in the book might have been taken.
  • Think of words to describe the landscapes shown in each picture.


  • Imagine that you were the very last child. How would you feel about this?


   Magical Landscape

Magical Landscape 1

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Magical Landscape 2

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Magical Landscape 3

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