Mini Picturebook Lesson 10: The Cave by Rob Hodgson


  • Equipment: dictionary (online or paper), tablet or laptop & internet connection and perhaps headphones
  • Materials to draw like Rob Hodgson: paper, coloured pens and pencils  
  • Time: 20-30 minutes

Step 1: Look at the Cover

LookWhat do you see on the front cover? Creatures, colours, shapes, facial expressions.
PersonaliseLook at the title. Have you visited a cave? Where?
ResearchWhich creatures live in caves?
PredictWhich creature do you think lives in this cave?
PredictDo you think the wolf wants the creature to come out of the cave? Why? 
PredictWhat would you say to invite the creature out of the cave?
CheckLook up the meaning of the word ‘bored’.  How do you say ‘bored’ in your language? Do you ever get bored? Why

Step 2: Listen and Watch

Listen & Watch (A)Why does the creature stay in the cave?
 What does the wolf say to persuade the creature to come out of his cave?
 Pause and read: What is the title of the book the wolf is reading?
Listen & Watch (B)Who is getting hungry? The wolf or the creature in the cave?
 What does the wolf finally offer the creature that makes him come
out of the cave?
 What happened to the wolf?

Step 3: Add your Voice

ReviewRemember the different ways the wolf tries to invite the creature out of the cave?
ResearchFind three things bears like to eat.
ThinkComplete the sentence. A friend is someone who ……..
PersonaliseWhat did you think the little creature was? Were you surprised it was a bear? Why?
Observe & DrawWhich is your favourite illustration? Draw a picture in the style of Rob Hodgson. (check link below for inspiration)
ThinkWhat do you think is the message of this story?
Your opinionWhich is your favourite part of the story? Why?
ShareSend your work to your teacher or share in your virtual classroom.


Rob Hodgson Website: Images

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

The Cave by Rob Hodgson, published by Frances Lincoln 2017

Video © BookTrust