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A little girl is feeling very bored one day in the summer. All of her family members are busy doing things and no one will play with her. Scooter (pretend to ride the scooter)
A young girl escapes her lonely, sepia-tone world by drawing a door that leads into an enchanted world tinted with colour, adventure and, ultimately, friendship. She takes quite a JOURNEY in this completely wordless picture book, with her magical red crayon as the key. In a little rowing boat, she sails along the canals of a golden-domed city. In a bright-red hot-air balloon, she escapes one near-misadventure and heads towards another. Finally, she lands in a cage after an encounter with a sinister crew and an exotic purple bird, and, as the crayon falls from her hands, all seems lost. Bravery, and a little help from the loyal bird, leads her to further misadventures a bit closer to home, where she finds she's not the only one with a magic crayon and an imagination. They should include dialogue which they will have to create themselves, based on what they feel the characters would say.
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After reading you might ask them to jot down their initial responses: what did they like or dislike about the book? Did it remind them of any other books that they have read, or perhaps films that they have seen? Was there anything that they found puzzling, strange, confusing? Did they have any questions when they had finished the book? In class, ask the children to use their notes to help them share their ideas in small groups. What emotions do you think the girl is feeling? How can we tell? (This gives an opportunity to talk about body language. Younger children might want to show you physically by copying the girl’s body language and showing the expression they imagine on her face) For example: what would happen if this object…grew to be enormous? …had magic powers? …wanted a friend? …came to life? …belonged to somebody else (the queen, a lion, a visitor from outer space)?
Why don't you arrange a video chat with them?" suggested his wife, who was trying to tidy up the ever growing mountain of paper building up on the dining table.The child in the story we are going to read has this wonderful crayon that opens up a door into a new world. She goes on a Journey into the world and finds some incredible things to do and explore. Let’s read it together and find out what she does.
Then she sees a beautiful purple bird getting captured by some samurai-type soldiers. She wants to save the bird. She frees the bird, but ends up imprisoned in a cage herself. The bird frees her by bringing her the red chalk. She draws a red magic carpet and flies away. The purple bird leads her to a purple door. When she goes through it, she discovers the bird's creator - a boy with a purple piece of chalk. Now she is friends with the boy and they will go on many adventures together.Make a word bank that includes words you could use to describe the people, places and events in the story.