Uncle Jack and the Emperor Penguins - Jane Cadwallader

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Jane Cadwallader

Uncle Jack

Typeset in 14 / 20 pt Monotype Plantin Schoolbook © New edition 2021 ELI s.r.l. © First edition 2009 ELI s.r.l. P.O. Box 6 - 62019 Recanati MC - Italy T +39 071750701 - F +39 071977851 info@elionline.com - www.elionline.com Printed in Italy by Tecnostampa Recanati - ERY302.10 ISBN 978-88-536-3145-9

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My name is Jane and I live in a beautiful Spanish city, Madrid. I’m an English author of children’s books. I’ve always loved creating stories and songs for children. The best ideas come to me while… I’m jogging!

Come on an Antarctic adventure! Some Emperor Penguins cannot get to the place where they go every year to lay their eggs. Will Uncle Jack be able to help them? In this hilarious story you will learn something about the habits of the Emperor Penguins and follow Uncle Jack and the others in their race against time to help the penguins to the place where they lay their eggs.


Grammar and structures Past simple regular and irregular forms Verb + infinitive Verb + -ing

Jane Cadwallader Uncle Jack and the Emperor Penguins

Jane Cadwallader Uncle Jack and the Emperor Penguins

Vocabulary areas Weather, food, physical description

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ncle Jack sat in an armchair with May and Daisy and looked at a book about Emperor Penguins. ‘Every year the penguins walk many kilometres to the place where they lay their eggs,’ read Uncle Jack. The book was by Uncle Peter. Uncle Peter was Uncle Jack’s brother and he loved penguins! The phone started to ring. Jim went to pick it up.


‘Hello. Who is it?’ he asked. It was Uncle Peter! He was at the Antarctic so it wasn’t easy to understand him! ‘COME AT ONCE,’ shouted Uncle Peter, ‘THERE’S A PROBLEM! BRING THE SNOW MAKING MACHINE!’


‘We want to come too,’ said May and Daisy and Jim. ‘O.K.’ said Uncle Jack, ‘but put on your warmest clothes. It’s very cold in the Antarctic!’ The children quickly put on their warmest sweaters and coats and scarves and hats. Of course Grumpy the dog put on his sweater too! Where the children went Grumpy went too!


Uncle Jack gave the snow making machine to Jim and Jim put it into the balloon. ‘What a funny machine!’ said May, laughing. ‘Is it a fan?’ ‘No,’ said Uncle Jack, ‘it’s a snow making machine.’



The children liked going in Uncle Jack’s balloon. ‘Oh,’ said Daisy, ‘there’s a jungle!’ ‘And a mountain,’ said May, pointing to a high mountain with snow on the top. ‘And an island in the sea,’ said Jim. Uncle Jack pointed in front of them. ‘There’s the Antarctic. We’re nearly there!’


Activity Pages 1 Finish the words. Number the sentences in the order of the story. Uncle Ja__ __ and the childr__ __ went to Antarctica. They said goodb__ __ . Mr Mazzara__ __ landed in a pla__ __ . 1 J__ e __ d up the pho__ n __ e . i __ m pick__ The sn__ __ maki__ __ machine made sn__ __ to cover the grou__ __ . The plan__ __ took the pengui__ __ to the place whe__ __ they lay their eg__ __ . They met Unc__ __ Pet__ __ . Grumpy r__ __ out of the hou__ __ and bark__ __ at some m__ __ .


2 Match the sentences to make the song.

Here are As happy They’re off In a place They stay here As cold Until In a place

to lay their eggs all the winter far from the sea the Emperor Penguins their babies hatch far from the sea as can be as cold can be

3 Look at page 2. Write what’s missing in this picture. glasses _________________ _________________ _________________ _________________ _________________ _________________ 29

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