Mini Picturebook Lesson 2: Wild by Emily Hughes


  • Equipment: dictionary (online or paper), tablet or laptop & internet connection and perhaps headphones
  • Materials for the Forest: paper, paints or coloured pens & pencils
  • Time: 20-30 minutes

STEP 1: Look at the Cover

LookDescribe the girl on the front cover: shape of her face, eyes, skin, mouth, neck and hair.
PredictIs the girl happy or sad? Why do you think?
ChooseFind three things on the front cover that you don’t know how to say in English.
Check Find the words in your dictionary and practise writing and saying them.
CountHow many flowers and colours can you see on the front cover?
Predict Where do you think the girl lives?
PredictLook at the title. What do you think the story is about?

STEP 2: Listen and Watch

Listen & Watch (A)Which animals can you see?
Who taught the girl how to speak?
Who taught the girl how to eat?
Who taught the girl how to play?
Who were the ‘new animals’ the girl met in the forest?
Who took care of the girl and why didn’t she like them?
Listen & Watch (B)Why was the girl not happy? 
Why did the girl leave her new home?
What is your favourite illustration and why?

STEP 3: Add your Voice

CreateDraw a forest scene you have visited or would like to visit.
How many plants, flowers, trees can you see where you live?
Why do you think this picturebook is called Wild?
Why do you think the girl preferred living in the forest?
Your opinion
Where would you prefer to live?  The forest or the city?  Why?
ShareSend your work to your teacher or share in your virtual classroom. 


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©Ellis, G. & Gruenbaum, T. for PEPELT 2020

Wild by Emily Hughes, published by Flying Eye Books 2013

Video © CLPE