This narrative describes how Mr Lees sets a trap to save his favourite rosebush from a hungry possum. Night after night, the wily possum manages to get the food out of the trap and escape. Information about possums is included on page 12.
This text supports the comprehension strategies of making inferences, drawing conclusions, and understanding the author’s purpose.
• the narrative structure
• the way the possum outwits Mr Lees
• the open ending
• the fact that the possum is never actually seen by the characters
• the possum “thought bubble” on page 12
• the information about possums on page 12
• the indicators of time – at last, after a while, in the morning, that night, the next morning
• the use of a first-person narrator
• the relatively long sections of direct speech
• the poetic language on pages 2, 3, 6, and 8
• the irregular verbs – heard, hid, lay, ran, woke
• the verbs that involve doubling the final consonant – slammed, stopped
• the verbs that involve dropping the final “e” – dancing, shaking, using
• the use of onomatopoeia (page 2)
• the image of the possum dancing (pages 3 and 6)
• the use of personification (page 8)
• the ideas of the possum and the branches “dancing” and the wind “singing”
• the reasoning behind Mr Lee’s solution to the problem (on page 11)
• the reason for the possum “thought bubble” on page 12.
Guided Reading Level15
Theme/TopicAnimals and birds | Environment | Family
Strategy/SkillsAuthor's purpose | Drawing conclusions | Making inferences