Publisher: Gullane Children’s Books
Wanda was a spoilt little girl whose parents got her everything she wanted, because they had no time for her. Whatever someone else had, she wanted too. One day, she walked into a shop and saw a magnificent kite. The shopkeeper said it was not for sale but she would not listen. The kite took Wanda onto a desert island, and Wanda had to learn to survive. She grew to love her new life and made friends with Bill the whale. Because she really missed her family, Bill took her home. Wanda learnt that “there’s more to life than things”.
This is a delightful story with a wonderful moral. It’s something that every child would be able to understand and relate to, being in a society that prides itself on consumerism and materialism.
1. Story Sequencing
Using selected pages of illustration, the teacher can jumble the pictures up and have the student try to put it in sequence and retell the story. This can be done either in writing, in speaking, or creating an online storyboard.
2. “Missing” Poster
Get the class to create a missing poster of Wanda when she is stranded on the desert island. How would they describe her? What information would they provide about her? Would her parents give a reward if she is found? Get them to work on it in small groups and share.
Imagine you are stranded on an island. What are three things that you would like to have on you, and why? Alternatively, get the class to think about what they might discover on the island and how these can be used for survival.