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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Last updated Friday, March 27, 2020

Author: Lewis Carroll
Date of Publication:
ISBN: 0691170029
Grade Level: 4th    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: May 2019

Synopsis: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is an 1865 novel written by English author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll. It tells of a girl named Alice falling through a rabbit hole into a fantasy world populated by peculiar, anthropomorphic creatures. The tale plays with logic, giving the story lasting popularity with adults as well as with children. It is considered to be one of the best examples of the literary nonsense genre. Its narrative course and structure, characters and imagery have been enormously influential in both popular culture and literature, especially in the fantasy genre.

Note to readers:
•  IMPORTANT NOTE: Reading to Kids purchased two different editions of this book. You will either have the Wisehouse Classics Original 1865 Edition (with illustrations by Sir John Tenniel) or the 150th Anniversary Edition (with illustrations by Salvador Dal). Please note the different page numbers on the curriculum.
•  Skip the Poem and the Introduction in the 150th Anniversary Edition
•  Be ready to pronounce some French on pg 20 (150th Edition)--"Ou est ma chatte?" which translates to "where is my cat?"
•  Audiobook read aloud with scrolling text on YouTube

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  Are you familiar with Alice in Wonderland? The book or movies?
•  What shapes and characters can you identify from the illustrations in the book?
•  The illustration style in the 150th Edition is "Surrealism". What do you think that means and why was it chosen for this book?
•  What would your Wonderland look like?


•  usurpation (pg 23/150th Ed)--act of wrongful or illegal seizure
•  pretexts (pg 28/ 150th Ed)--reasons given in justification of action that is not real reason
•  chrysalis (pg 39/ 150th Ed)--the pupa of a butterfly
•  poky (pg 18/150th Ed)--small and cramped
•  vulgar (pg 20/150th Ed)--lacking sophistication or good taste

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  Alice seems out of her element in an unfamiliar setting--who does she cope with in her new surrounding?
•  How did Alice fall down the hole? What was going through her mind?
•  Why does Alice wish she could "shut up like a telescope"?

Craft ideas:
•  Make a Mother's Day card. Mother's Day (for mother, aunt, grandmother, someone who is like a mother to you.)
•  Make finger puppets based on character from the book
•  Write a concrete poem/shape poem--see page 27 in 150th Edition
•  Check our craft ideas on Pinterest!

Special activities:
•  Play Simon Says but use Queen of Hearts Says

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don't have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!