GOOD LITTLE WOLF
Author: Nadia Shireen
Illustrator: Nadia Shireen
Publisher: Random House
Suggested Year Group: One
Once upon a time there was a wolf called Rolf - a good little wolf who liked baking cakes and was always kind to his friends. But real wolves aren't supposed to be good - they're supposed to be BIG and BAD. Can a good little wolf still be a real wolf? And will Rolf discover there's something big and bad lurking inside him after all?
Points for Discussion:
Can you have a ‘good’ wolf?
- List all the wolves you know from stories and talk about how they behave in stories.
- What would Little Red Riding Hood and the three pigs say about wolves?
How do stories start? This one begins with;
- Are we all sitting comfortably? Then let us begin…
- Is this a story start you have heard before? How does it make you feel?
Explore the wordless double page spread where Ralph meets the Big Bad Wolf.
- How does the illustrator make the wolf appear to be big and bad?
- How does Ralph feel and how do you know that?
- How would Ralph describe the wolf to Mrs Boggins?
Compare the picture of Ralph when he first meets the wolf to the page where he ties him up.
- How is he made to look different?
- What makes causes the ‘unfamiliar wild feeling’ that grows inside Ralph?
- How does he feel when he sees the wolf with his friend Mrs Boggins?
- When the Big Bad Wolf sits down for tea with Ralph and Mrs Boggins, does he look different?
- Do you believe him when he says he will stop eating people?
What has happened at the end of the story?
- Where have Ralph and Mrs Boggins gone?
- Does the ending surprise you?
- Do you like the ending or would you have changed it?
The Big Bad Wolf tries to encourage Little Wolf to do bad things.
- How should we behave when a friend tries to get us to do something that we know is wrong?
Children could prepare a ‘Guide to being a Good Wolf’ and/or a ‘Guide to being a Bad Wolf’ using ideas taken from the story.
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