Mini Picturebook Lesson 13: Hundred Feet Tall by Benjamin Scheuer & Jemima Williams


SynopsisA story about a young rabbit who finds a seed on an autumn day and takes it home and plants it. As it sprouts, the rabbit is thrilled to watch it grow “a hundred feet tall.”
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  • Equipment: dictionary (online or paper), calculator, tablet or laptop & internet connection and perhaps headphones
  • Materials: coloured pens and pencils, ruler
  • Time: 20-30 minutes

Step 1: Look at the Cover

LookDo you notice anything unusual about the rabbit?  
LookWhat is the rabbit holding in his paws? 
LookWhat shape is  the rabbit’s nose? 
CheckWhich parts of a tree do you know in English?
CalculateHow high is 100 feet in meters?  
PredictWhat do you think is the connection between the rabbit and the tree? 
Check Look up the meaning of the words ‘seed’, ‘height’ and ‘boughs’ in your dictionary.

STEP 2: Listen and Watch

Part AListen and watch for general understanding and enjoyment.
Part BListen and watch again and answer the questions, pause and replay when you need to.
Where does rabbit find the seed? 
 What does rabbit promise the seed?  
 What does rabbit do with the seed? 
 How does rabbit feel about planting a seed? 
Why did the seed grow? What did rabbit give the seed? 
 What did the tree say ‘thank you’ for? 
 Why does rabbit have to move the tree out of the jar? 
 Which friends come with him to replant the tree? 
 What does the tree hope rabbit will do? 

STEP 3: Add your Voice

Review & Sing- AlongWatch the story again and repeat the chorus. (download here) and
then sing along with the author. (link below)
Review & MoveWatch the story and stretch as tall as you can each time you hear ‘100 feet tall’. 
Review & PlayListen for the rhyming words in the story. Play a rhyming bingo game with family members or classmates. (see download)
Research Check the meaning of the expression ‘to stand tall’. Who stands tall in this story? 
Personal responseDoes size matter when you stand tall? Is it important to stand tall?
How can you help somebody to stand tall?
CreateColour in rabbit’s growing tree. (see download)
ObserveLook out of the window, can you see any trees?
What type of trees are they and how tall do you think they are?   
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.


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

Hundred Feet Tall by Benjamin Scheuerand illustrated by Jemima Williams, published by Simon & Schuster 2020

Video© Benjamin Scheuer & Jemima Williams

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