Oh, No!

Written by: Candace Fleming

Illustrated by: Eric Rohmann

Before Reading

Explore Illustrations

Oh, no! How will all of these animals get out of this deep hole?! You and your little one will find out in this cute story about a group of jungle animals trying to get themselves out of a sticky situation. Begin by taking a moment to look over the cover and illustrations with your child, talk to or with your child about the following questions:

What is on the front cover?

What sound does a tiger make?

When do we say, "Oh, No!"? Is it when something goes right or wrong?

What do you think the story will be about?  {If your child is very young, make some fun guesses to engage him/her.} 


You can also flip through the illustrations and address one or two that catch your child's attention. Discuss what s/he likes about them and what is interesting or surprising. Say things like, "I see a _______. Do you see it too?"

As You Read

Vocabulary Building

Encourage your child to stop when s/he gets to a new word in the story. See if s/he can discover its meaning using the illustrations and words surrounding it. Examples of new words from Oh, No! include:



Make Connections

Talk to your child about how certain parts may relate to their own life or the world around them. For older children ask, "Do you ever fall when you're not paying attention, just like Monkey does?" For younger children, try acting out some of these scenes and relating them to real life.

After Reading

Summarize and Interpret

To ensure comprehension, talk to your child about what happened in the book. Who/what were the characters and places in the book? What happened in the story? Discuss/present your child with the following questions after finishing to further explore his/her understanding of the book.

Who was your favorite character in the forest? Why?

How do the animals escape in the end?

The animals say “Oh, no!” throughout the book, like when they fall down. How is the last “Oh, no!” different from all the rest?

Extended Learning Exploration

Save The Animals

Source: Kiboomu Kids Songs

Supplies: art paper, gray paint, black marker, construction paper, glue, and scissors

 Source: Clickacraft.com

Source: Clickacraft.com

This craft is great for all ages and can be modified for very little ones. Create handprint animals like the elephant above. Use finger paint and a washable marker to handprint and draw the elephant. Make the mouse using a thumb, Loris using a finger, etc. Try and reenact the scene where the elephant saves the other creatures! For younger children, you may choose to create a framed masterpiece that includes a baby elephant (your child's handprint) along side a mommy or daddy elephant (your handprint).


A Look at Literacy Development

Wondering what everyday activities you can do with your child to encourage their development? The National Day Nurseries Association has provided a nifty Parent Factsheet with some great tips for you to use. Simple things like getting down onto the floor to see the world at your child's eye level can help you better understand your child's experiences and help to promote development on a daily basis.