Mr McGee and the Big Bag of Bread By Pamela Allen




A fun, rhyming story about why, sometimes, rules are there for a reason!


Mr McGee wakes up one morning and decides to go and visit the animals in the zoo. He takes with him a big bag of bread, so he can feed the animals while he is there. All over the zoo, there are signs telling him ‘Do not feed the animals,’ but Mr McGee has his big bag of bread, so he goes right ahead and feeds every animal he sees.

Mr McGee soon learns that the signs are there for a reason and the rules should be followed!

Why I love it:

What parent doesn’t love a book that subtly points out to children, the need to follow the rules? My kids love this book because of the rhyming and the precarious positions Mr McGee gets himself into; I love it because it’s a good conversation starter about good behaviour!

Themes/ideas to discuss with your child:

  • Following the rules
  • Making good decisions
  • Consequences
  • Rhyme
  • Lessons learned

Questions to ask your child:

Before reading:
  • What do you think this book might be about?
  • Do you think this is a fiction book (a story) or a non-fiction book (facts)?
  • Is this a book you want to read? Why/why not?
  • Have you read any other books by Pamela Allen?
  • What is the man on the cover, carrying?
  • Where is he going?
  • What do you think he is going to do there?
  • How do you think the man is feeling? What makes you think this?
After reading:
  • Did you enjoy this book? Why/why not?
  • What was your favourite page?
  • If Mr McGee could start the day all over again, what do you think he would do differently?
  • Have you ever broken any rules? If so, what happened?
  • Can you list 3 rules that you know of?
  • Why do you think they are rules?
  • What do you think would happen if people broke those rules?
  • If you could say one thing to Mr McGee, what would it be?

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