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Make a Missing Poster for Tiddler


Read ‘Tiddler - The Story Telling Fish’ by Julia Donaldson.

If you don't have a copy of this book at home then watch the retell version in the You Tube link at the bottom of this page.


The smallest fish can tell the tallest tales ... "Sorry I'm late, Miss. I set 

off really early but on the way to school I was captured by a squid. 

I wriggled and I struggled till a turtle came and rescued me." "Oh, no, he didn't."

 "OH, YES, HE DID." Tiddler is a little fish with a BIG imagination. 

Whatever will he come up with next?


Pause the story when Tiddler ‘didn’t spot the net’ and again when Tiddler ‘is lost in the middle of the ocean’. Encourage your child to use their prediction skills to say what may happen next. What clues have they listened to, to help them make an appropriate guess?  

Talk about how Tiddler felt when he was lost in the middle of the ocean and how his friends at school felt when he was missing.

Encourage your child to pick out all the rhyming words in the story and to try to make some more of their own. Look at the spelling patterns in rhyming words.

Talk about the moral of the story.


Challenge 1:


Imagine you are Tiddler. You are late for school again! Using the pattern of the story can you write some new reasons why you are late for school? Try to make your excuses as exciting as possible. 


Challenge 2:

Make a missing poster for Tiddler. Include a ‘photo fit’ drawing of Tiddler and use your best describing words to write about him. Use the ‘Missing Poster’ worksheet or you can design your own.

Missing Poster - Worksheet

To help remind you how to use describing words watch the ‘Using Descriptive Words’ video on the BBC Bitesize link below and then have a go at the ‘Let’s be descriptive’ activity before you make your Missing Poster. 

Activity 2 and 3 of this BBC Bitesize lesson link to The Magic Faraway Tree story which we have read together in school. Maybe you would enjoy watching the video and completing those activities too. 


Happy describing!

Tiddler - The Story Telling Fish by Julia Donaldson