Love is in the Air: Unusual Friendships

Promise me that you will never change, the caterpillar says. And foolishly, the tadpole promises. But as the seasons pass and he matures, his legs grow, and then his arms – and what happens to his beautiful rainbow friend? As he sits on his lily pad, digesting the butterfly he has just eaten, he little realises that now he will never know!” (Penguin Books) look inside. Tadpole’s promise works well with primary learners of all ages. Watch our videos for all our teaching ideas.

“First recorded in 1967 by Louis Armstrong, and with sales of over one million copies, “What a Wonderful World” has become a poignant message of hope for people everywhere. Sweet and positive in its message, with bright, beautiful art, this book is sure to be a hit. Perfect for sharing!” (Macmillan Publishers) look inside. What a Wonderful World works especially well younger primary learners. Watch our videos for all our teaching ideas. Here is also a great ‘environment’ book list.

Peritextual features
Format: Opening bottom to top Uses the gutter to divide the two worlds (above and below water)
Title page: Represents the setting and the beginning of the visual narrative;
Predict who the eggs on the leaf
might belong to?

Teacher education
Supplementing with and exploiting informational picturebooks

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Multiliteracies
Literacy: Becoming aware of metaphor
Learning: Activating prior knowledge, making predictions
Nature: Becoming aware of the different stages of the life cycles of a butterfly and a frog.

Notes from the classroom
Facing changes as an inevitable part of our life and growth.
Developing a positive attitude to changes in our lives
as a key to success.
Making a poster.

Additional Suggestions

Below you will find some more recommendations linked to the theme of Love is in the Air. We have indicated if we think the picturebook is suitable for Younger Primary Learners [YPL], Older Primary Learners [OPL] or All Primary Learners [APL]. We have also linked suitable teaching resources.

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