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Where Is Fred?

Hardy, Edward (Author)
Pye, Ali (Illustrator)
Egmont 2012. 32 pages
First published: 2012
ISBN: 9781405254038 (paperback)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

character, recurring patterns

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:

Fred is a white fluffy caterpillar who is being chased by a hungry crow named Gerald. Fred must hide, so he camouflages himself as a woman’s necklace, a little girl’s headband and an old man’s eyebrows. He fools Gerald every time, except when he disguises himself as a moustache on a man’s face, causing him to sneeze and send Fred flying into the air.

The comical writing allows the reader to share in the delight of tricking the crow through clever disguises: “In the park, Gerald spotted a man with grey straggly hair and lovely fluffy white eyebrows.” Each page features Fred in a different hiding place while Gerald asks, “Have you seen a fluffy white caterpillar? I want him for my lunch!”

Mixed media illustrations mirror the text’s humour as they portray Fred in his hiding spots. Illustrations are simple, yet contain interesting details such as a cat peering out from an airplane window and images of crows in various places. The illustrations are colourful and use a pale palette; objects are solid-coloured, with minimal texture.

Fred finally finds the best hiding spot of all: as a scarf around Gerald’s neck. He doesn’t suspect a thing, even when Fred turns into a bow tie. This is a fast-paced and lighthearted story about one resourceful caterpillar’s technique to avoid being eaten.

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    Pre-learn vocabulary such as caterpillar, familiar and fluffy to help you understand the story.

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    On a picture walk, notice where Fred is hiding. Discuss how he is camouflaged and note other interesting details in the pictures.

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    Restart the story and join in choral reading the recurrent passages, such as “Where is Fred? Have you seen a white fluffy caterpillar? I want him for my lunch!”

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    Create a mini book with your own pattern story about snacks (“Have you seen my crunchy green celery? I want it for my lunch!”) or classroom objects (“Have you seen my red pencil? I want to colour an apple!”)

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    Pre-learn vocabulary such as caterpillar, crow, fluffy  and have you seen to help you understand the story.

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    On a picture walk, notice where Fred and Gerald are hiding. What else do you see? Use words you know to name the characters and objects, and ask about the ones you don’t know (How do you say___in English? What is the red thing?)

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    After a few readings, join in for the recurrent passages such as “Where is Fred? Have you seen a white fluffy caterpillar? I want him for my lunch!”

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    Create a mini book with your own pattern story about snacks (“Have you seen my crunchy green celery? I want it for my lunch!”) or classroom objects (“Have you seen my red pencil? I want to colour an apple!”)

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