The Lonely Beast: 10th Anniversary Edition (The Beast)
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This is a great book to read with a group of children. It is about a beast who is determined to find friends because he feels very lonely. He has to face many obstacles during his long journey, but he does not give up. He takes on challenges and succeeds in his mission. The book also lent itself to art work. The Beast walks under water, meeting lots of different animals on the way. We pretended to be jelly fish, one of the animals he met, and then created art work based on jelly fish.
This particular kind of beast I am talking about is extremely rare - in fact there is only one in each country of the world and you know what? They are unaware that others exist so they spend their time in solitaire tending to their gardens, drinking tea (alone), reading books (I particularly like that), experiencing the elements around them and enjoying the fruit (cakes, pies, cupcakes etc.) of their baking frenzies. Just when he thinks all his hard work has been in vain he finds out that it has all been worthwhile. I like the message here: we might not always be able to see the fruit (or point) of our labours straight away. We did a lot of work on story mapping the story, acting out the different parts and then drawing them. We used our story maps to do new reports and write news papers, which were fantastic!
I have seen this book being read in a year 1/2 class during my school placement. I enjoyed observing how this short adventure encouraged curiosity in the classroom. The class teacher discussed various themes around the topic, such as describing the beast, the title of the book and the emotions that followed. Children were asked what made them feel lonely and what they thought loneliness meant. Many activities were also planned around this book during Literacy lessons, such as using freeze frames and grammatical tasks. As a trainee teacher, I delivered a Literacy lesson on adverbial phrases. After a series of English lessons linked to this topic, I think this book was absolutely perfect for improving children's Literacy skills. Before christmas I had never heard of this book before, but I enjoyed doing it, and it lent itself to lots of fun activities.
As a book by itself, it wasn't one of my favourites, but it lent itself to some great activities and lessons! There once was a beast who had everything he needed, he just was all alone. So he goes out on a quest and encounters lots of interesting thing and finally meets some people.This cute story reminds us that we all need somebody to be our friend. Even beasts do not want to be alone in this big old world and loneliness is not a happy emotion to experience. Have you ever felt lonely? In need of someone to hang out with and share yourself and life with? Well this beast felt exactly the same way. Have you heard of the Beasts? No, not many people have. That's because they are very rare. This is the tale of one such Beast, whose determination to overcome his loneliness leads him to undertake a daring and dangerous quest to find others like him . . .