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Tiddler The Story Telling Fish by Julia Donaldson

Tiddler The Story Telling Fish by Julia Donaldson

Hurrah! We all love reading this book in Nursery and we are sure quite a lot of you will have your own copy of this book at home too.  If you do then don't bother watching this online version, snuggle up and enjoy turning the pages, looking at the pictures and sharing the story with your grown up.


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." Tiddler is always late for school and always makes up an exciting story to explain why he is late. Tiddler might be a little fish but he has a BIG imagination! One day, whilst dreaming up his latest excuse as to why he is late, he is caught by a fisherman’s net which results in a real adventure!

Tiddler The Story Telling Fish by Julia Donaldson

Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have created some brilliant images to show their characters responding to the coronavirus pandemic ... here is their take on a home-learning Tiddler.


Just like you Tiddler can't go to school at the moment ... but the really good news is Tiddler is enjoying the online learning that Mrs Skate has set for him and he is never late! We really hope you are enjoying your online learning too!

Talk Together

Reread the story as often as you want to.  There is so much to talk about in the pictures and your child can begin to join in with the repetitive sentences - 'Tiddler? Tiddler? Tiddler's late!'.  It is so important for children to hear stories read with lots of expression.  When they begin to learn to read for themselves it is lovely to see so many children understand that, for example, the 'Oh, no!' to be read on the final page of many ORT books (because Floppy the dog is covered in mud or similar...) should be read with gusto! 

Story Telling Fish Activities

Tiddler made up lots of marvellous stories about his adventures on the way to school.  Can you make up your own story about Tiddler on his way to school? Or perhaps you'd prefer to make up a different story about other undersea creatures enjoying an adventure! There might be danger or there might be fun, he might meet sharks or pirates or any number of sea dwellers along the way. 


You could use the printable paper characters on lolly sticks to tell the story. 

If you have the app 'Draw and Tell' (we use this in school, other drawing apps are available!) you could draw an undersea background then move your chosen fish character stickers on the screen as you practise then record your story.

You could paint, collage or draw a lovely picture of your story and ask a grown up to write it down for you.

You could create an ocean environment in a box with one side cut out as a puppet theatre and dangle your characters in from the top.

Or you could find your most sea creature type clothes and hats and act it out with all the members of your family.


Most importantly of all, have fun!

Here are some more special drawings created by author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler showing how some of their much loved characters have been handling the lockdown.