was a cat with a secret, but then, who living in and around Ye Olde
Cheshire Cheese in London, didn't have at least one secret? Secrets
kept them apart, and secrets brought them together. Skilley was accustomed
to scrabbling for food and, in the process, learned to be fleet afoot,
sharp of eye, and clever in calculating the distance between the fishmonger's
broom and the dead fish whose aroma beckoned him. But often, not fleet
enough. His battle scars and broken tail spoke of his battles with the
brooms as well as with his nemesis, Pinch, the evil, ginger-striped
alley cat who showed compassion to no creature, but of course, he, too,
had his secret.
it was, afterall, Pinch whose warning to stay away from The Cheese
proved more of an invitation than an admonition for Skilley. Pinch had
described the mice that had overrun the tavern. An audacious plan began
to grow in Skilley's mind. Surely, he thought, working inside Ye Olde
Cheshire Cheese Tavern would be his bird nest on the ground, assuring
him of security for rest of his nine lives. It wouldn't be without problems.
It, after all, had DOORS, and many secrets inside as well.
can follow Skilley into the story that gave the great author, Charles
Dickens, ideas for a book he was writing, looking for inspiration for
just the right opening.
Mr. Dickens turned his keen eye to the goings-on in the Inn and formed
a particular interest in the charcoal grey cat with the character and
appearance of a street fighter, the cat who had not the least interest
in being spied upon, for he had his own business to tend...in particular,
the business of that little grey, intellectual mouse named Pip who is
recognizable by his particularly prominent overbite. The events that
bring them together and eventually seal an unlikely friendship became
crucial to every subplot involving the cook (a culinary tyrant), a barmaid
named Adele, a ghost, thousands of mice, and a myriad of other well-rounded
characters. Can you believe it never occurred to Skilley that he would
become caught up in a crisis that could fortell the downfall of Great
Cheshire Cheese Cat contains deliciously prodigious
vocabulary, intertwined plot, curious creatures, historical setting,
seriously entertaining story, secrets, and splendid black-and-white
illustrations that manage to be both realistic and comical. What more
could a reader want? You will love hearing it read aloud by a talented
storyteller in the Audible version of the book.
40-page Kids' Wings literature guide invites group discussion, problem
solving, research, writing, skill building, and authentic applications,
are all inspired by a cat and mouse, a barmaid, a ghost, lots of cheese,
and Charles Dickens himself. Included is an interactive Jeopardy-like
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Cheshire Cheese Cat, A Dickens of a Tale by
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The Activity Guide Contains:
Pre-Reading Discussion Cards
Readers’ Theater Introduction
Preparing Your Intellectual Tools: Dialectical Journals
Becoming a Character
Vocabulary by Chapters
Making Connections: Predict/Read/Confirm Chapter Questions
Nonstandard and Standard English
Activities for Visualizing the Chapters through Drawing
Multiple Choice Comprehension Activities
Research Prompts and Guides
Where in the World? Map Study
Page 1: Pre-reading Discussion Cards
Page 2: Pre-reading Anticipation Guide
Page 3-4: Pre-reading Readers Theater Script
Page 5: Map Study: The United Kingdom
Page 6: Dialectical Journal
Page 7: Become a Character
Page 8: Researching Charles Dickens
Pages 9-11: Activities for Chapters 1-5
Pages 12-14: Activities for Chapters 6-11
Pages 15-17: Activities for Chapters 12-16
Pages 18-20: Activities for Chapter 17-21
Pages 21-25: Activities for Chapters 22-26
Pages 26-28: Activities for Chapters 27-32
Pages 29-33: Activities for Chapters 33-38
Pages 34-35: Activities for Chapters 39-45
Pages 36-38: Activities for Chapters 46-53
Pages 39-40: Activities for Chapters 54-62 and Epilogue
Pages 41-42: Five in a Row Vocabulary Game
Pages 43-44: Vocabulary Tic-Tac-Toe Game
Pages 45-50: Answer Pages
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