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It's the first day of school and all the children have a special backpack, except one - she has a terrible suitcase.A story about how imagination can make magic out of anything....

Title : The Terrible Suitcase
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ISBN : 9781862919402
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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The Terrible Suitcase Reviews

  • Brydie Wright
    2019-03-06 00:14

    This picture book is quite a dense read, best for ages 5 and up but it held my four-year-old, reluctant reader's attention beautifully. With universal themes of starting school, wanting to belong and letting your imagination run away with you, Allen has crafted an excellent and rewarding narrative. I can see why it received a short-list placing from the CBCA. A timelessly appealing story. The title belies the wonderfully imaginative twists and turns within.

  • Nadine
    2019-02-27 03:11

    Girl doesn't like her suitcase as it's different - learns to accept and adapt. Lovely illustrations - get the facial expressions well.

  • Chrissy Byers
    2019-03-02 04:02

    Very clever ✨📚

  • Melina
    2019-03-11 00:49

    Everyone in the class has a new, special backpack for the first day of school. Except one. She has a terrible suitcase. How can she fit in with the rest of the class, when she has something so very different?I really enjoyed this picture book about imagination and fitting in to a group. We’re thrown right into the conflict in the book, without a lot of background information, so the reader is quickly thrust onto the side of our main character. We know she has a terrible suitcase and it’s the opposite of what she wanted. And we know that her mother, her friend and her brother aren’t very sympathetic to her plight. We’re completely and utterly on her side as she heads off to school.Once we get to school, we see her placing herself on the outside of things, until an understanding teacher, a large box and a healthy dose of imagination come to her rescue. Inside the pretend rocket, she’s able to bring people in and her terrible suitcase becomes whatever she wants it to be.While this is a story of imagination, it also reminds us that the things we think are odd or different about ourselves don’t always matter to other people. Our main character gets mad because her suitcase is different from the backpacks of the other students, but they never tease her about it and they’re quick to bring the suitcase into their pretend game. A lot of her anger comes from her own anxieties and the reality is no where near as bad as she thinks it will be.I love the look at the early childhood setting and the willingness of the teacher to let the students go with their imaginations. I read a criticism that the teacher was too lenient in letting the students get noisy – which surprised me, because every prep classroom I’ve walked into has been noisy around imaginative play time. Plus, I think our narrator is a little unreliable – while they’re off on their big adventure, it’s very possible they were much quieter on the outside than in their imaginations.There’s less story-telling in Freya Blackwood’s illustrations than some of her other books, partly because there’s a lot more text here.I adore the transformation from box to rocket, though, especially the way shape and colour change the scene and alter the world of the book from ‘terrible’ to ‘exciting’. I also love the way she uses stripes and spots so much in her work to create a real depth.This would be the perfect book in kindergarten and prep classrooms, a great way to discuss imagination and fitting in and how we feel about starting in new places. I can see some really in-depth conversations coming from a book like this as well as a huge amount of learning. It would also be great for younger children who like to see what ‘big kids’ are doing and as story prompts for older children remembering what it was like when they were younger.Originally reviewed at Subversive Reader

  • Tiffany
    2019-03-20 07:56

    Book Title: The Terrible Suitcase by: Emma Allen and Freya Blackwood Short Description of the Book: It’s the first day of school and all the kids have a special backpack- except one girl. She has a terrible suitcase that she is embarrassed about. It turns out that her suitcase becomes the best toy that the kids have thus she changes her mind about her terrible suitcase.FOCUS: Narrative Features I would Use in a Mini-Lesson:1) Narrative Structure: Discuss how the author used the first day of school and the events of the main character’s school day to describe how she made it through the day with her suitcase. The day was stretched out with details about events with the suitcase. 2) Description: Discuss how the author used descriptive words, dialogue, and thoughts of the main character to show us how she feels about the suitcase. We can, through her description, see that she is embarrassed about the suitcase but then changes her mind and loves it! TEACH: CCSS Connection (4th grade): 4.W.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.1.a. Orient the reader by establishing a situation and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally.2 b. Use dialogue and description to develop experiences and events or show the responses of characters to situations.ion that follows from the narrated experiences or events

  • John Hostetter
    2019-02-21 07:49

    I really liked this story because I feel it teaches kids a lesson that is slowly being lost in today's technological times, and that is to use their imagination. This story shows that something that may seem boring, and even though it's different than what everyone else had, it ended up being desired by all the other children and was the fun of the day. This story can inspire kids to go outside the box and have fun in ways they usually may not. I recommend for those rainy days when the kids feel like they have nothing to do!

  • Stef Rozitis
    2019-03-21 00:18

    A book about not following fashion (because your parents don't cooperate) and still being cool. About friendship, imagination and the possibilities inherent in being unique. The way play is portrayed in the story is a little bit romanticised and the extremely patient teacher must be a saint to put up with the level of noise, not to mention all the roughness would break the rocket by the end of the day- but if you don't add realism the story is kind of fun.

  • Miffy
    2019-02-24 06:10

    Lovely story about the first day of school, and how one little thing can ruin the day - or does it. Great illustrations and good writing. Blackwood's trademark pencil and watercolour illustrations are excellently suited to this story for pre-schoolers and preps.

  • Judy
    2019-03-06 08:18

    Good teamwork between author and illustrator. I liked Emma Allen's use of dialogue to move along the story without description during the middle section when the kids were moving into imaginary space. Freya Blackwood has mastered her illustration style perfectly.

  • Ashley D--
    2019-03-09 05:48

    This book was pretty okay. I really enjoy Freya Blackwood's style, but I found the story a bit boring. A fine tool for teaching kids about making the best out of disappointing possessions.

  • Leanne
    2019-03-10 05:05

    Beautiful pictures. Grade Prep/1s were spellbound.

  • Bec
    2019-02-20 02:06

    Great book and beautiful illustrations

  • Rach
    2019-03-22 03:14

    Awesome book cause my aunty wrote it!!:D

  • Gervy
    2019-03-03 23:52

    3.5 stars. Sweetly imaginative story by Emma Allen, and beautiful illustrations by Freya Blackwood.