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Meadow United - A Novel Study


Based on an adventure story set in Africa, Meadow United is an engaging novel study for children aged 8 to 10 (Key Stage 2 in England, CfE Second Level in Scotland).

While the main focus is developing children’s reading comprehension, Meadow United also promotes reading for enjoyment and choice.  The teacher's guide contains detailed planning guides for each chapter as well as a wide range of enjoyable learning and teaching activities which help children to develop key reading skills.

Meadow United is an allegorical story about the adventures of Obi the Monkey and his friends, who live on a beautiful meadow in the African jungle.  Although the central theme is Obi’s quest to become the cleverest monkey on the meadow, the book also explores other themes including perseverance, friendship, self-esteem and dealing with adversity.

The story, which alternates between the exploits of a party of human explorers in 1935 and the present day adventures of Obi and his friends, builds towards a football match between the animals of the meadow (Meadow United) and a fearsome team of lions, tigers, leopards and cheetahs who are known as The Big Cats.   Other lines of development include Obi’s search for the magical Fact Tree, which Obi believes will make him more intelligent, and the legend of the African Queen – the biggest diamond in the world.