“I have something to make you jolly, Numbat.” said Anteater.
But animal after animal throughout the alphabet is just too busy to find out what Anteater has until they feel like they are missing out on something wonderful!
The Amazing A to Z thing by Sally Morgan and Bronwyn Bancroft is an intriguing illustrated book that not only is a stunning alphabet book, it also has a message for us all that I think all readers will see differently.
As readers peruse through the pages and admire the illustrations they can also explore Bronwyn Bancroft’s use of indigenous art techniques which complement each if the Australian animals who stumble across Anteater on his little journey.
Sally Morgan’s words are descriptive and this adds to the depth of using this book in the classroom or at home as parents and teachers can explore the different adjectives used to describe how the anteater thinks the animals might feel about his amazing thing.
The Amazing A to Z thing by Sally Morgan and Bronwyn Bancroft is a beautiful book that can be admired and read again and again and drawn upon for many different lessons.
So what can you do from here?
- List all of the adjectives that are used throughout the story and discover if any are synonyms.
- What were each of the animals too busy doing? Explore the different verbs from each of the animals.
- How much do you know about each of these Australian animals? Explore some of the animals you don’t know a lot about.
- How many times does the anteater appear throughout the book? Explore counting through the pictures of the animals on each page.
- Are any of these animals endangered?
- Are any of these animals endemic to one particular area of Australia?
- What do you think this amazing thing really is and why might everyone think it is different?