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The Way Back Home by Oliver Jeffers
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Sep 13, 11

Read in September, 2011

This book tells the story of a boy and a Martian who both get stuck on the moon, and then work together to fix their aeroplane and spaceship so they can both travel back home. At one point in the story, the boy jumps from the moon, into the sea on earth and swims back home. He rests for a while and watches his favourite TV programme, but then remembers he needs to go back to rescue the Martian.

I would read this to a Year 3 class. It would be possible to use this book to introduce the following themes to children:
1) Team work – the boy and the Martian worked together to reach their end goal.
2) Empathy – the boy felt lonely and scared when he was stuck on the moon on his own. Discuss with the children how this feeling may have prompted him to go back to save the Martian.
3) Common Goals – despite the boy and the Martian being different to each other, they were still able to be friends and work together because they had shared feelings and a common goal (that of wanting to get back home).
4) Communication – Due to the time they had spent together, the boy and the Martian became friends and the book ends with the Martian sending the boy a walkie talkie so that they can stay in touch. This could be used as an introduction to a lesson on communication, and the different methods of communicating.
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