GEORGE SAVES THE WORLD BY LUNCHTIME
Author: Jo Readman
Illustrator: Ley Honor Roberts
Publisher: Random House
Suggested Year Group: Three
George is determined to save the world by lunchtime, but he's not quite sure how. Grandpa suggests they start by recycling the yoghurt pot from his breakfast, putting his banana peel in the compost pile, and hanging the washing to dry in the sun. A bike trip to the recycling bank, charity shop and local farmers' market show how recycling and re-using materials, and using less petrol and local produce can really help save the world. George even gets a favourite toy fixed!
Points for Discussion:
Talk about superheroes and how they normally save the world.
- Ask children what superheroes usually look like and how they behave.
- Look at the picture of George on the front cover and discuss whether he will be like the other heroes.
- What do you think the authors mean by saving the world in this book?
- Why are there photos of a plastic milk bottle and can on the front of the book?
Look at the double page spread at the beginning of the book (George’s Tips For Saving the World).
- Which elements are familiar already?
- Do you do any of these things at home?
- Are there any that you are not sure about?
Before reading discuss what you already know about the following:
- Why should we use less electricity?
- What happens to things we throw away?
- Why should we reduce the amount we use our cars?
- What happens to the things you recycle?
'George Saves the World by Lunchtime' has a lot of different ways of presenting information.
- Look at the double page spread where the family are working in the garden.
- What have you learned from the spread?
- Which part of the spread do you find easiest to read and why?
- How else could this information be presented?
Which is your favourite part of the book and why? Compare with other members of the group.
Why do you think the author has chosen to mix a story with facts? Does it work?
- What does the writer think about saving the world?
- What could you do to help save the world?
- Was there anything in the book that was especially good at persuading you?
Create a ‘Save the World’ persuasive leaflet or poster using the information you have found from the book.
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