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As you know J.K. Rowling has written a new book called the Ickabog. Last week, you should have read chapter 1 and 2 as part of you art task. This week, we are going to listen to Chapter 3 and if it tickles your fancy then why not continue enjoying listening to this in your own time! 


Chapter 3 - Death of Seamstress 


Read the text and answer the vocabulary questions followed by VIPERS questions then self-mark with the answer sheet. For the vocabulary task you may want to discuss these words with your adult and peers and if you are at home you could use a dictionary (online or book). 


Read the poem, answer the inference questions and then mark. 


Look at the front cover of the book ‘The Breadwinner’ and complete the activities - look at the suggested answers after. 

  1. Order the front covers from 1-6 (1-Most favourite 6-least)
  2. What does the title of the book tell us? Who will the main characters be? Where is the story set? When is it set?
  3. Choose a cover you are not particularly keen on and write a short summary to the author about how the illustrator could improve the cover


Today we are going to explore the blurb of the book and see what this uncovers. Complete the mini activities after. 

This is a summary of the book written by a child:


Since the Taliban took over Afghanistan, 11-year-old Parvana has rarely been outdoors. Barred from attending school, shopping at the market, or even playing in the streets of Kabul, the heroine of Deborah Ellis's engrossing children's novel The Breadwinner is trapped inside her family's one-room home. That is, until the Taliban hauls away her father and Parvana realizes that it's up to her to become the "breadwinner" and disguise herself as a boy to support her mother, two sisters, and baby brother. Set in the early years of the Taliban regime, this topical novel for middle readers explores the harsh realities of life for girls and women in modern-day Afghanistan. A political activist whose first book for children, Looking for X, dealt with poverty in Toronto, Ellis based The Breadwinner on the true-life stories of women in Afghan refugee camps. 

In the wily Parvana, Ellis creates a character to whom North American children will have no difficulty relating. The daughter of university-educated parents, Parvana is thoroughly westernized in her outlook and responses. A pint-sized version of Offred from Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, Parvana conceals her critique of the repressive Muslim state behind the veil of her chador. Although the dialogue is occasionally stilted and the ending disappointingly sketchy, The Breadwinner is essential reading for any child curious about ordinary Afghans. Like so many books and movies on the subject, it is also eerily prophetic. "Maybe someone should drop a big bomb on the country and start again," says a friend of Parvana's. "'They've tried that,' Parvana said, 'It only made things worse.'" (Ages 9 to 12) --Lisa Alward



TASK 1 - Tell me 5 things you have learn from the blurb. 


TASK 2 - Jot down five questions you would like to know the answer to based on the blurb


TASK 3 - A good blurb should entice the reader in without giving too much of the story away. Is this an effective blurb? Please justify your thought using quotes.