up and downSuggested Questions Before Reading

  • Look at the front cover. What can you see?
  • Why do you think it is called up and down?
  • Can you think of some things that go up and down?
  • Have you read any other books by Oliver Jeffers?  If so, what do you remember about them?

 

Suggested Questions During Readingpenguin

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  • What do you think the penguin wanted to do all by himself?
  • How do you think the boy might have felt when the penguin told him?
  • Would you like to have a penguin as a friend? Why/why not?

 

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  • How do you think it would feel to fly above snowy mountains?

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  • How do you think the penguin feels when nothing works?
  • How do you think the boy feels?

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  • What does it mean when it says ‘the odds were against him’?
  • Where have they gone to ask for help?

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  • Talk about what a ‘living cannon ball’ is.
  • What is happening in the illustration showing the boy’s thoughts?
  • How do you think the boy feels when he realises his friend has gone?

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  • What do you think the penguins are thinking?

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  • How do you think the penguin feels when he realises he’s lost his friend?

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  • Where is the boy when he sees the poster?
  • Why do you think he went there?
  • What might the boy be thinking when he sees a picture of his friend on the poster?

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  • Why do you think the penguin wasn’t sure about flying anymore?

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  • Why do you think the author compares the penguin to a bullet?

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  • How would you feel if you didn’t know how you were going to land?

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  • Talk about the different ideas for catching the penguin.

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  • How do you think the penguins feel and why?backgammon
  • What might the boy say to the penguin?

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  • Find out what their favourite game is.

Suggested Questions and Activities After Reading

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