1. Watch the interview with Graham Base about the environmental issues addressed in his book 'Uno's Garden'. 2. Answer the questions about the interview. 3. Make a prediction about what you think the book will be about.
Teacher prompts during reading: • Was Uno afraid when he first arrived in the forest? Why? What tells you this? • Was it inevitable that the forest would change once Uno decided to live there? Do you think he knew this? How? • How did his little cottage affect the forest? • Why were there now only 81 plants? • What could the Lumpybums see from the treetops? Were they concerned about Uno's coming? • What did Uno plant in his garden? Why? • How did the other people find Uno's cottage? • Why did the other people decide to settle there, rather than just visit? What is the likely impact of their boats? • Why would Uno begin a garden when there was already such lush vegetation available? • Why were the fisherman's children able to play with the Playful Puddlebuts? • Why did the hunters want to capture the Sneaky Snagglebites? How were they planning to do this? • Why did the tourists come to the forest? What did they expect to see that they couldn't see in the city? • Why did the tourists only see five Timid Tumbletops? Where had the other creatures gone? • What eventually happened to Uno's forest? How do you think he felt about that? • What happened to the Snortlepig? How was it able to survive when the other animals appear to have disappeared? • On the grey morning that the people of the city woke up and decided to leave, where might they have gone? • Do you think the people of the city might have learned any lessons about taking care of the environment? • What do you think they might do differently this time? • How did Uno feel when he opened his door and saw the dark and abandoned city? • What was it that Uno had done that gave him hope, even though both he and the Snortlepig died? • What did Uno's children do that was different to the original inhabitants of the town? • Why did the creatures return only after the plants started to return? • How did the new generation finally strike a balance between the plants, the creatures and the people?