The Bird in the Basket is a story from Indonesia is about three poor but hard-working sisters. When the youngest sister discovers a magical bird it seems that their worries are over. Each morning the bird fills a basket with rice – more than enough to meet their daily needs. However when their mean uncle hears of this wonderful bird he wants to have it for himself. Features of the Book – Traditional tale, – Indonesian setting, – Formal language, – Stylised illustrations, – The message in the story, – Past forms of verbs – grew, flew, woke, ate, burst, – Evocative use of language – Ke-ke-ko kekeko, Purpose The Bird in the Basket can be used to introduce and reinforce the following skills: – recognising the form of traditional tales, – understanding that authors write in different ways for different purposes, – determining the author’s underlying message, – comparing traditional tales with other genres, – using text as a model for students’ own writing.
Themes covered in this book are: Different Lands, Relationships, Conflict, Character education
Reading Level:23-24 (Silver)
Guided Reading Level23
GenreFolk Tale/Traditional Story
Theme/TopicConflict | Different Lands | Relationships
Strategy/SkillsAuthor's purpose | Comparing and contrasting | Using texts as models for own writing