This text is a folk tale in which a tiger is outwitted by a frog. It describes how the small but clever frog is able to scare away a tiger.
This text supports the comprehension strategies of using illustrations to understand text and comparing and contrasting. The storyline, illustration style, and features of a traditional tale provide opportunities for making connections between this text and The Clumsy Tiger (and with tales from other cultures). It provides excellent opportunities for expressive reading and retelling.
• the clear narrative structure
• the features of a traditional tale
• the way the illustrations support and extend the ideas
• the direct address to the reader and the layout features (text placement, italics, and bold print) that add emphasis
• the traditional opening that sets the tale in a distant time
• the talking animals
• the battle of wits between the characters
• the humorous ending
• the tricky nature of the frog
• the adjectives – busy, loud, small, tiny, yellow
• the comparative and superlative adjectives – higher, highest; farther, farthest
• the confrontational dialogue
• the colloquial language – right
• the use of ellipses on page 5 to indicate a pause
• the “tion” ending in “competition” Possible challenges
• the words – farther, farthest
• the “air” sound for “ar” in “scaring”
• the colloquial language (for the students whom English is a second language)
• visualising how the frog tricks the tiger.
Guided Reading Level16
Strategy/SkillsComparing and contrasting | Comprehension strategies