My students really enjoy this fun and interactive book. There’s pop ups and lift the flaps.. It’s vibrant and cheerful and the illustrations are simple yet so effective in their boldness. These illustrations are especially good for students with vision impairment. The contrasting colours make the pictures easier to see.

The use of onomatopoeia makes it ideal for voice recording switches and really encourages kids to verbalise!

I would recommend this book to any young readers but it’s a book that should be read with care  – as there are parts of the book that may break or tear easily.

Below is a template that I drew based on this story:

Chloe’s Chick Template

Below is the coloured in version of the template:

Chick Paint.png

We made a poster to go with the story. It was simple and fun to do.

What you need:

  • Coloured paper
  • Larger piece of craft paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue

What to do:

Cut out your shapes.

Paste the shakes into black paper.

Cut out the shapes leaving a black border around each shape.

Start pasting the shapes together.

Cover the craft paper in blue paper and paste down.

Put your pieces together.

We added some extra blue paper under the egg for the shadow.

Add some text and you’re done!


This is a cute book about a rooster who crows at the most unacceptable times.. When he’s taken to a farm due to his noisy behaviour.. His neighbours actually miss him. The illustrations are bright and striking and the language style is simple and easy for kids to understand.

We mad a poster about the book based on the cover illustrations.

What you need:

  • Large craft paper
  • Coloured paper (we used whatever scraps we had around)
  • Glue
  • Scissors

What to do:

Cut out and paste a large black semi circle on the bottom of the page.

Cut out the word ‘Kip’ from red paper.

Paste this onto white paper and then cut out again to leave a black border.

Then paste it onto the black semi circle. I left the top slightly unstuck so I could put things behind it.To make the background I cut a yellow semi circle and then pasted it onto yellow crepe paper. I cut out a large border and then repeated the process.

I pasted orange onto the whole background before pasting the yellow on top.

Next comes the buildings. Cut out each one and then paste them onto the horizon.

It’s time to make Kip.

Paste him onto the artwork and add his coxcomb.

Time to add some more details.

Using a felt tip pen make some feather marks and an eye.

We also added some ‘reflection’ to the text.

All done!

Hattie and the Fox

This is a timeless story about Hattie the hen. It has a lot of repetitious language which is great when teaching beginner readers or students in a special school. It is catchy and fun. I often use a Big Mack switch when I am reading this story so that my students have the opportunity to ‘read’ some of the story too.

Below is a link to an animated version of the story:

Hattie and the Fox Video

Below is a template for an activity:

Chloe’s Hattie and the Fox Template

Below is a coloured in version of the template I drew:

Hattie and the Fox Paint.png

Today in class we also made a collage using tissue paper and crepe paper:

What you’ll need:

  • Tissue paper
  • Crepe paper
  • Glue
  • A large sheet of craft paper
  • Scissors
  • Fine felt tip pen

What to do:

Layer different shades of green and paste down

Cut out a large black hen shape

Add a beak

Add facial details

Draw in the eye

All done: