This set of instructions sets out how to wash a woolly mammoth with a great sense of humour. I love the back cover with the bottles of shampoo and soap such as Tusk Whitener and Antibacterial Hoof Wash.
The instructions reassure the owner of the mammoth that they can wash the animal with a few clever tricks. Step three just says ‘Add mammoth.’ and is then followed by a series of images showing ways in which the mammoth can be encouraged into the bath using a broom or a spooky mask. This page lends itself to children writing a series of sentences to explain what is happening in the images.
The voice of the text is informative ‘ Don’t forget to wash behind those ears….’ and ensures the owner undertakes this task successfully ‘CAREFUL – a mammoth’s tummy is terribly tickly!’
I wondered about using this book with The Night Zookeeper where children could make their own imaginary animal and then write a set of instructions about caring for it in some way. This could be washing it but it could also be feeding, exercising or clipping it. Maybe that last one isn’t really for KS1 children! I was getting carried away by the TV programme that showed competitive poodle clipping and colouring.
This is one title that will end up in our Teaching Sequence subscription service based on the new national curriculum. These are the titles that we have written teaching sequences. More will be added to the list as we write them.