Teaching Notes

A First Book of Animals

By Nicola Davies (Author) and Petr Horáček (Illustrator)

Series A First Book of...

Notes By Eva John

Category Picture Books - Non-Fiction

About the Resources

A 34-page illustrated set of Teachers’ Notes.

The discussion points and activities in the notes are deliberately open-ended to encourage the development of pupil independence and problem-solving. Talking and writing partners are recommended for many of the tasks in order to build pupil confidence.


About the Book

Polar bears playing on the ice, tigers hunting in the jungle, fireflies twinkling in the evening sky, and nightingales singing in the heart of the woods - there are animals everywhere.

The poems in this remarkable collection are beautifully crafted and full of keenly observed details about animals of every colour, shape and size - from blue whales to bats as small as bumblebees.

With words by children's author Nicola Davies, and pictures by one of the country's finest illustrators, Petr Horáček, this book celebrates life in the wild in all its dazzling variety and splendour.

“Graffeg have had the pleasure of working with Eva on a number of projects over the past few years, furnishing us with an added educational resource for many of our books. Work of the highest standard is always completed on time and I would happily recommend Eva to anyone looking for top quality teachers' notes to accompany their texts.”

Matthew Howard | Publishing Director, Graffeg

Comprehensive teachers’ notes designed to develop critical thinking skills and a more sophisticated, considered response to texts and illustrations.

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The notes provide:

  • open-ended discussion points and activities to encourage the development of pupil independence, collaborative working and problem-solving
  • use of talking and writing partners to build pupil confidence
  • reading comprehension skills – literal, deductive, inferential, analytical, evaluative
  • vocabulary enrichment
  • drama activities
  • evaluation of, and innovation on, author techniques
  • research opportunities
  • stimulating writing and creative activities in response to text and illustrations
  • pupil engagement and creativity at the heart of activities
  • awareness of purpose and audience and selection of appropriate form, style, register and medium of communication.