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This is a comprehensive set of resources on Shaun Tan and John Marsden’s picture book The Rabbits. This set will help you to complete a close study of the book, considering how the author and illustrator have used a range of visual and language techniques to create this powerful allegorical story. All worksheets are included in editable Word format as well as pdf.

The set includes the following resources:

  • A close study worksheet on the pages “They Brought New Food” (2 pages)
  • A study of images and ideas in the pages “Rabbits, Rabbits, Rabbits” (2 pages including a table and short answer questions)
  • An activity on how colours and shapes create tone in images (4 pages, including a list of suggested adjectives for describing image tone)
  • A portfolio activity with 15 different activities for students to choose from. Each activity is worth 1, 3 or 5 points, and students must complete 12 points. (1 page)
  • A worksheet on themes in The Rabbits (2 pages)
  • A worksheet on symbols in The Rabbits (2 page table)
  • A PowerPoint presentation on the most significant image, They Came By Water. Includes definitions of key words like transformation and adaptation, a close study of the image and a comparison with the 1902 painting it is based on, and activities for discussion and independent writing.

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