The Magpie’s Tail is a story of a magpie who loses his tail while arguing over milk and must satisfy the demands of various characters before he can get it back. Features of the Book -The cumulative nature of the story line. – The major and minor characters in the text. – The frequent use of direct speech. – The text in the illustrations. – The storybook language – “Please, Hen, give me an egg.” – The contractions – “I’ll” and “she’ll”. – The use of possessive apostrophes – “magpie’s” and “water carrier’s”. Purpose The Magpie’s Tail can be used in a guided reading setting to introduce and reinforce the following skills and strategies: – identifying the plot and characters within the story; – identifying the themes of the book; – comparing the opinions of the author with those of the reader; – writing a conclusion.
Themes covered in this book are: Animals Birds and Insects, Science and Technology
Reading Level:21-22 (Gold)
Guided Reading Level21
Theme/TopicAnimals | Birds and Insects | Character Education
Strategy/SkillsAnalysing themes | Compairing and contrasting | Text structure
Dimensions165 x 145