Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers
This week's story is Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers. Before you start sharing the book look at the front cover together. Encourage your child to wonder what might happen in this story. Why are the boy and the penguin in a boat on the sea?
So what is a boy to do when a lost penguin turns up at his door?
'Once there was a boy and one day he found a penguin at his door.'
What would you do if a penguin turned up on your doorstep?
Where do you think it could have come from? How had it got there? Why was it there? How would you helped it get home?
'The next morning he discovered that penguins come from the South Pole. But how could he get there?'
Talk about places you have visited together as a family. They could be places in Wales, UK or somewhere else in the world. Talk about how you travelled to these places. How long did it take? Could you have got there using a different type of transport? Would that have made your journey quicker or slower?
'They rowed south for many days ... and nights with the boy telling stories all the way.'
If you were going on a very long journey what story would you like to hear? What is your favourite story? Why do you like that story so much? Can you find out what favourite stories other people in your family have. Everyone loves to hear stories ... could you find one of your favourite picture books and tell the story to someone in your family or maybe your toys or teddies would love to hear the story ... don't forget to show them the pictures as you are 'reading'.
'The boy said goodbye ... and floated away. But as he looked back, the penguin looked sadder then ever.'
Our face often sows people how we are feeling. How do you think the penguin looked when he was feeling sad? Practise show different feelings with your face! ... happy ... sad ... excited ... angry ... tired!
'The penguin wasn't lost. He was just lonely.'
Lonely is another type of feeling. Why do you think the boy was feeling lonely? Have you ever felt lonely? What does it feel like to be lonely? What could you do if you saw a friend in Nursery feeling lonely?
How do you think the boy felt at the end of the story? Why?
How do you think the penguin felt at the end of the story? Why?
After sharing the story together you might like to enjoy some of the following activities together:
Tell the story - You could make junk models of the boy and the penguin from small carboard tubes or boxes and use the models to retell the story.
Play the story - arrange cushions or pillows in a boat shape on the floor so your child can climb in. Your child could choose a favourite toy as a companion to sail off to the South Pole. A carboard tube or rolled up magazine would make a great telescope for spotting land, ships or danger!
Sing a song - Sing 'Row, row, row your boat' together. It's fun to do this sitting on the floor and doing the rowing action in rhythm to the song. You could also have fun thinking of rhyming words and make up some verses of your own!