Using Zeraffa Giraffa
Supporting accessibility for children with different needs
These activities are suitable for KS1 and could be developed for KS2.
Zeraffa Giraffa Activities, RtW2, Jan18
Zeraffa Giraffa by Dianne Hofmeyr and illustrated by Jane Ray is based on a true story, a giraffe is sent as a gift from the ruler of Egypt to the King of France in 1826. A boy takes care of Zeraffa on her epic journey from Africa to Paris.
One of the Reading the Way 2 (RtW2) workshop projects aimed to explore ways in which a picture book could support children with communication difficulties. We made use of a range of accessible titles from around the world (identified during the first RtW programme) to provide inspiration for this, and then applied the learning to Zeraffa Giraffa. These included books with symbols, simplified text and tactile elements. NB it is important to note that some of these are difficult and/or expensive to purchase from the UK, however, for information, this activity sheet still references some of those used and these are listed at the end of this activity sheet.
Jane Ray is an award-winning illustrator of over 70 books (some of which she has also written). She also has an interest in inclusivity and accessibility, including the value of communication symbols. Her picture book Zeraffa Giraffa is an ideal candidate to use for creating resources to support accessibility. This activity sheet outlines some of the many ways such a book could be used.
Using Zeraffa Giraffa as a basis, broad areas of activity could involve:
Retelling the Story
Dianne Hofmeyr (text), Jane Ray (ills.)
Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, 2015
Zeraffa Giraffa is the true story of a giraffe who was sent as a gift from the ruler of Egypt to the King of France in 1826. A young boy, Atir takes care of Zeraffa on her epic journey from Africa to Paris.
Books not in English
Pelle in Space (Pelle på planetfärd)
Bonnier Carlson, Sweden, 2010
Widgit Version Specialpedagogiska Skolmyndigheten (SPSM), Umeå, Sweden
(The National Agency for Special Needs Education and Schools), 2010
Pelle embarks on a space adventure to find his friend the professor’s dog Lajka, who has been taken hostage in order to force the professor to hand over his book of inventions. 'Pelle' has also been adapted using Widgit symbols for children with reading disabilities.
Widgit edition available from SPSM
‘Pesci Parlanti’ (Talking Fish) series Enza Crivelli Uovonero Language: Italian and PCS Symbols
‘Pesci Parlanti’ is a series of classic fairy tales featuring PCS, designed specifically to be more accessible to those with reduced communication skills. Clear illustrations are printed on the right-hand side, while the story is structured in simple sentences accompanied by PCS on the left-hand side. The pages are softly curved and feature a unique 'easy turn' format. The series has been created by Enza Crivelli, a specialist in autism, and editor at Uovonero.
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
(Riccioli d’Oro e I tre orsi), Peppo Biachessi (ills.), 2012 Jack and the Beanstalk (Giacomino e il fagiolo magico) Peppo Biachessi (ills.), 2012
Little Red Riding Hood (Cappuccetto Rosso)
Peppo Biachessi (ills.), 2010
Rapunzel (Raperonzolo), Antonio Boffa (ills.), 2012
Snow White (Biancaneve), Di Tommaso di Incalci (ills.) 2014
The Three Little Pigs (I tre Porcellini), Matteo Gubellini (ills.), 2011
The Wolf and Seven Kids (Il Lupo e I Sette Capretti), Andrea Alemanno (ills.), 2013
The above titles are available to purchase from Uovonero
For these activities we have chosen books used in the RtW projects. Wherever possible we have checked their availability to purchase. Some mentioned are not available through the Amazon link from our website (all the above books are listed under their original title if not in English) and can be purchased directly from the international publisher.