By: Zana Fraillon and Ross Morgan
Publisher: Lothian Children’s Books
This is the moving and unforgettable story of an old gargoyle, forced off his city rooftop to make way for a new development. The gargoyle is ordered off the train. He leaves his well -loved suitcase behind. An observant child opens the case to discover…
This book really got me thinking about themes of relationships, ageing, homelessness, respect, and sense of community.
I would read and explore this book with older children.
An A-Z of Learning Experiences ready to go!
- Add speech bubbles to this illustration.
- Annotate the front cover with your predictions.
- Borrow the brilliant words from Zana.
- Chart Zana’s craft and features of the story.
- Create your own suitcase of memories.
- Design end papers to share your understanding of the story.
- Develop a word splash from the story.
- Discover the different sentence lengths used by Zana.
- Explore compound words in the story.
- Investigate the setting of the story.
- Label an illustration with nouns and adjectives.
- List settings in the world for your writing. Zana used Central Station.
- Practise reading aloud the sentences created by Zana. I would select this page!
- Predict what was going to be in the suitcase.
- Read aloud one of Zana’s novels to your learners to investigate her craft even further!
- Research more information about gargoyles here
- Text to text connections with Zana’s book – Wisp.