A Very Clever Possum (SE)

A Very Clever Possum (SE)
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In A Very Clever Possum the reader follows the story of Mr Lees as he describes how to set 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.
Text Features
? 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)
Possible challenges
? 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.

Themes covered in this book are: Family, Animals Birds and Insects, Environments

Reading Level: 15-16 (Orange)

AuthorVivienne Joseph


Year Level2


Guided Reading Level15

GenreRealistic Fiction

Theme/TopicAnimals and birds | Environment | Family

Strategy/SkillsAuthor's purpose | Drawing conclusions | Making inferences

Page Count12

Word Count286