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Meerkat Mail

Gravett, Emily (Author/Illustrator)
Macmillan 2007. 32 pages
First published: 2006
ISBN: 9781405090759 (paperback)
9781416934738 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

character, point of view, recurring patterns, setting

Award

USBBY Outstanding International Books List – 2008

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 is an amusing story about travel, adventure and returning home. Sunny the meerkat feels constrained by his tight-knit family so he embarks on a journey to visit distant relatives, but he discovers it isn’t so easy fitting in to the different habitats of his mongoose cousins.

Every visit is punctuated with a postcard back home, offering sweet and funny observations about his travels. The language is spare and clever in portraying Sunny’s responses to each new place he visits: “I told Uncle Bob our family motto is STAY SAFE, STAY TOGETHER. He told me theirs is RUN AND HIDE!” As his journey grows longer, homesickness creeps in: Sunny’s postcards are addressed to “Cosy Burrow,” “My Meerkat Mob,” and “Lovely Warm Dry Home.”

Children will enjoy detailed illustrations in pencil and wash effects that are both cute and evocative. They’ll delight in lifting shiny, collage-style postcards off the page to read Sunny’s messages. Front and back pages are chock-a-block with additional images and story, bringing more context to this lovely and funny book.

  •  

    Discuss the different places that the meerkat visits and plot his journey on a map.

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    Write a postcard from a different relative that the meerkat could have visited.

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    Design a new book cover. Include a brief story outline for the back cover.

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    Predict what the story will be about based on the front and back covers.

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    Design a postcard from your city and send it to Sunny the Meerkat. What information should a postcard include?

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    Identify the different African animals in the story.

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    Write down Sunny’s schedule for the week. Who does he visit each day? What problems does he face?

  • To communicate appropriately
  • To construct his/her identity
  • To cooperate with others
  • To use information
  • Citizenship and Community Life
  • Geography, History and Citizenship
  • Science and Technology