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Today, you will have some final activities based on the book, 'The Midnight' Fox by Betsy Byars.

Re-read the text again that we have been using this week. This is the conversation between Tom and his best friend, Petie. In this opening part of the story, Tom is about to leave for the summer holiday to stay on his Aunt and Uncle's farm.

Imagine it

 

Tom and Petie were looking forward to spending the summer holidays together, and now discover they are about to spend them apart.

 

  • How do you think they were hoping to spend the summer?
  • What kind of things do you think they normally spend their free time doing?
  • Have you ever been separated from a friend, perhaps during the summer holidays or for some other reason?
  • How did it make you feel?
  • What do you miss most about your friends when you don’t see them?
  • Do you have a particular friend you especially enjoy being with? Why?
  • Think about your own friends and times you have been separated from them: what do you most enjoy doing together?
  • What do you miss most when they are not there?

Create it

 

As the boys observe the ant, Tom imagines things from the insect’s perspective, but gives it the ability to experience and voice human emotions.

 

Find an area in your home or garden, if you have one, and imagine you are a tiny creature — an ant, spider, or fly — navigating the enormous obstacles a human home includes: it could be the bathroom, with wide areas of glistening white porcelain, the living room with a deep, impenetrable forest of carpet, or the duvet in your bedroom, a soft undulating landscape spreading as far as the eye can see.

 

  • What do you think it would be like to travel across these landscapes?
  • What might be the challenges and dangers, and what the rewards?
  • What do you think it might be like to explore a human home?

 

Write about your travels from this different perspective, for someone else to read. You may choose to do this in drawing and writing.

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