To cut a long story short, I am planning a literacy unit on Adventure and Mystery stories for year threes and am using the Hamilton Trust plans, although with many amendments to suit the needs of my class. The book I am using as the focus for this unit is Julia Jarman's The Time Travelling Cat. However, the children have not read this book before and I won't get an opportunity to read this book to them before the very first literacy lesson. The book is 22 chapters long. My question therefore is how do I use this book with the children? Do I read the whole book, taking the children chapter by chapter and perhaps using time outside the formal literacy time to read the book or do I take extracts from the book? If so, how do I get the children to consider the book as a whole as surely to understand how to write and appreciate the constructionadventure stories they need to have heard one, if not more, in their entirety? Does anybody have any ideas? Please help!