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The Tin Forest

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In this resource your class will read the passage taken from the beginning of the story and identify the nouns, verbs and adjectives.

This wonderful picture book is for anyone who has hope and believes that there is a way. Or for those who believe that our world is without hope and so why care... If would be useful for your class to be able to recognise the use of commas for lists and fronted adverbials.

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That being said, I am completely drawn to this old man, who lived in “a wide, windswept place, near nowhere and close to forgotten,” who every day “tried to clear away the garbage,” and who dreamed tropical dreams. I fancy a fella who sees a broken light bulb and suddenly “an idea planted itself in his mind” — that with a little tinkering that light bulb could look like a flower. And I love that such a small idea “grew roots and sprouted. Feeding on the garbage, it grew leaves. It grew branches. It grew bigger and bigger” until, under his hand, “a forest emerged. A forest made of garbage. A forest made of tin.” Nice story - old man daydreams of a forest with trees, flowers and wild animals and then proactively creates this place from tin.

We have differentiated the resource which covers Year 2 and Year 3 classes. Your class can also choose their words to challenge themselves . The Tin Forest was once a Reading Rainbow book. (Can you hear the theme song in your head? If not, listen now! Don’t you feel happier?) Although we are focusing on English, it would be remiss not to mention the artistic potential of The Tin Forest. The book could be used as a trigger for some fantastic artwork, exploring contrasts in tone and texture, exploring mixed media or responding emotionally to the story. Maybe your class will be inspired to create a forest of their own!Di tengah-tengah rasa sepi dan kerinduannya, Sang Kakek tidak mau menyerah. Pikiran dan tangannya yang kreatif menciptakan hutan dari besi. Ia percaya pada perubahan. Education Shed Ltd, Severn House, Severn Bridge, Riverside North, Bewdley, Worcestershire, UK, DY12 1AB The Tin Forest by Helen Ward is a beautiful and poetic fable written about an old man who lives in a Tin Forest, otherwise known as a rubbish dump of unloved things nobody wanted anymore. The old man wishes for a better place to live. With his own initiative, will he make this junkyard into a wonderland?

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