Logo Title Quebec Reading Connection

The Trek

Jonas, Ann (Author/Illustrator)
HarperCollins 1998. 32 pages
First published: 1985
ISBN: 9780688087425 (paperback)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

setting

Award

Boston Globe-Horn Honor Book – 1986

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:

“My mother doesn’t walk me to school anymore,” the story begins. “But she doesn’t know we live on the edge of a jungle.” With those words, the story launches the reader into a trek through two worlds: the everyday sights and sounds a young girl experiences on her way to school, and the parallel world of imaginative possibility, where hidden creatures can’t hide from her.

Are those giraffes trying to blend into the chimney brickwork? Do those orangutans really believe they can pass as tree limbs? What about the open-mouthed hippopotamus disguised as a watermelon in the fruit store window? As the girl walks through her quiet neighbourhood, past the park, buildings and shops, she spies wild creatures at every turn. Large, soft-edged, nature-coloured watercolour images of familiar objects create the ideal camouflage for wildlife creatures. Readers will become engrossed in trying to spot ingeniously hidden animals.

Words are at a carefully chosen minimum, “Be careful! This jungle is full of animals.” And as the young girl and her friend reach the steps into school, “We’re almost there, only the mountain to climb.”

The final pages present 36 small watercolour images of the hidden animals, a great help to anyone who wants to ensure they haven’t missed even one on the book’s pages.

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    Read through the names of the animals at the end of the book. Discuss how some names are cognates, meaning they have similar names in French and in English.

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    Go for a picture walk, then do a picture walk of another book such as Voices in the Park by A. Browne. What messages are the authors trying to convey through hidden images?

  •  Listen to the story read aloud. How does the text connect to the pictures?
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    How does the way a person sees the world tell you about that person and their interests, creativity and imagination?

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    Explore the animals at the end of the book. Practise the animal names. Discuss how some names are cognates, meaning they have similar names in French and in English.

  •  Go for a picture walk. Discuss the scenes and look for hidden animals.
  •  Listen to the story read aloud. How does the text connect to the pictures?
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    How do you know the girl in the story is creative and imaginative?

  • To communicate appropriately
  • To use creativity
  • To use information
  • Health and Well-Being
  • Science and Technology