by Michael Foreman
ISBN 0-09-983480-4 Red Fox
• Empathy with our world – reflection on the wonder of our world.
• Sea-side : rock-pool & oceans.
• Caring for our earth by under-taking small acts so that we make a
Use of picture and text
In this story the pictures
are as important as the
• The self-contained
text. Do you know other
environment of the
books where the author and
rock-pool is used as a
illustrator are both equally
metaphor for the
important to the telling of
beauty, richness and
variety of our oceans.
• The miniature sea
world that the children What do the children think
create in their bucket and feel about their world?
is used to represent
the world of the rock- The author has chosen
pool. words that show us that
• Are there other places the children are able to
in the text where the engage with and reflect on
author uses metaphor? their world. Which words
and phrases help us to
Do you know any other stories where authors
How does the author know what is in the
use small environments to stand for something
rock-pool/ what might be found in the
Can you use this idea to produce writing of your
What other environmental disasters
own? ( e.g. focus on a small pond or stream, the
does the author refer to? Why should
world under a stone, life in an oak tree.)
we be concerned? What can you find
What do other writers want us to know about the sea-side? How do they want us to respond?
• The Rockpool by David Bellamy, illustrations by Jill Dow, ISBN 0-7112-1386-0, FRANCES
• High Tide, Low Tide, Mick Manning & Brita Granström