Stories and Schemas | Orientation

We've been climbing mountains again, and while on top of a mountain, as you do, I was thinking about how a child with an "orientation" schema (like my son who is now 13 but loves being on top of a mountain), would love being on top of a mountain.  And then I thought about which stories might fit nicely with this schema.

Children with an orientation schema like being on top of the slide, hanging upside down on the climbing frame, climbing to the top of the playhoouse at the park... or climbing a mountain and then climbing the biggest rock on top of that mountain!  We were on Glyder Fach in Snowdonia at 994 metres and the sticky-out rock is called the Cantilever.

So here are my ideas...

1. A Perfect Day for It by Jan Fearnley - climbing to the top of the mountain - WHY?

2. The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler - the snail rides round the world on the back of the whale.

3. Blue Nose Island - Ploo and the terrible Gnobbler by Mick Inkpen - climbing to the top of the volcano on Blue Nose Island

4. Ivor the Engine - The Dragon by Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin - just because we were in North Wales and I love these stories.

Any more ideas?

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