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Little Beauty

Browne, Anthony (Author/Illustrator)
Candlewick Press 2010. 32 pages
First published: 2008
ISBN: 9780763649678 (paperback)
9780763639594 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

character

Award

USBBY Outstanding International Books List – 2009

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:

Large pencil-and-watercolour illustrations depict the wide-ranging emotions of a gorilla who seems to have everything his heart desires except a special friend. One day, he uses sign language to tell his zookeepers that he is lonely and they bring him a kitten named Beauty. The unlikely pair become inseparable. One comically memorable moment even has them sitting together on their respective toilets! When the gorilla’s emotions get the best of him and the zookeepers threaten to take Beauty away forever, the clever kitten steps up and saves their friendship.

Sparse, simple text with words playfully printed in boldface type and a heartwarming protagonist make this a good read-aloud choice either one-on-one or with a class, and is an excellent starting point for a discussion about emotions or friendship.

Older children will enjoy the comical details of the illustrations, including the gorilla’s revealing facial expressions and one particular scene in which the two friends are watching King Kong together on television.

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    Discuss what happened in the story. What was so special about the friendship between Beauty and the gorilla?

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    Write about a special friend. What makes him/her a friend? Make a class list of what is important in a friendship.

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    Discuss the meaning and use of sign language. Learn a few signs and send a message to a friend.

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    There are many universal gestures and signals (point, shrug, nod, squint, etc.). Make a list of these and practise using them. See if you can have a conversation without any spoken words.

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    Discuss what happened in the story. What was so special about the friendship between Beauty and the gorilla?

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    Discuss how gestures can help you get your message across in English when you don’t know the words you need. 

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    Make a class list of what is important in a friendship. Write about a special friend. What makes him/her a friend?

  • To adopt effective work methods
  • To communicate appropriately
  • To construct his/her identity
  • To exercise critical judgment
  • Citizenship and Community Life
  • Geography, History and Citizenship