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A Mammoth in the Fridge

Maudet, Matthieu (Illustrator)
Gecko Press 2013. 32 pages
First published: 2012
ISBN: 9781877579509 (hardcover)
9781877579158 (paperback)
Original language: French
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

character, point of view

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

This brief story revels in the fun and mayhem of disrupted family routines. “‘There’s a mammoth in the fridge!’ ‘Don’t be silly, Noah. Come and eat your fries.’” Told exclusively in dialogue, this sweet and silly tale offers a surprise ending.

Expressive line drawings are striking in flat spot-colour effects. Firefighters in yellow helmets rush to the family’s rescue but get tangled in their net. The escaped mammoth perches in a blue-leafed tree, evading family, firefighters and passersby alike. In one spread, a simple line describes a minimal cityscape beyond the treed mammoth, as Dad takes the kids back home. “Come on. It’s not our problem.” Readers may notice the glance that passes between mammoth and the girl.

Final images glint with bright yellow highlights and stars in the deep blue night, as the girl coaxes her pet back to her room. “You’ll get us all in trouble” she scolds, while a dinosaur, woolly beast and unicorn snooze peacefully on her bedroom floor.

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    Discuss what you know about mammoths. Is it possible to see one nowadays?

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    Make predictions about the story based on the back cover.

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    The author uses onomatopoeias to bring life to his writing. Join in choral reading with particular emphasis on the words that evoke sounds. Write a story of your own that features onomatopoeias.

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    Discuss the animals found in the girl’s bedroom. Draw and write about interesting things you hide in your own bedroom (e.g. In my bedroom, there is a _____ on the floor.)

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    Make predictions about the story based on the book cover.

  •  Learn the keywords that will help you understand the story.
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    As the story is read aloud, discuss techniques for getting the mammoth out of the refrigerator and down from the tree. Join in and choral read the sounds from the story.

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    Discuss the animals found in the girl’s bedroom. Use a teacher-produced template to create a personalized version of the story. Draw and write about interesting things you hide in your bedroom (e.g. In my bedroom, there is a _____ on the floor.)

  • To solve problems
  • To use information
  • Citizenship and Community Life