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Interactive Storytelling with 'Nutmeg' by David Lucas

Nutmeg David Lucas Storytelling guide

Chickens Can't See in the Dark by Kristyna Litten

About the Book

A book about a little girl, with a vision to be the changemaker of her own life!

Nutmeg was an adventurous little girl by heart, she had enough of the dull and unexciting life she lived for the past years, so she took a walk and found a genie bottle that changed her life!

Often we might feel anxious or it may seem irrational to step out of our comfort zones, but life very much has more than what we could imagine, just awaiting us to set off for an adventure and explore all kinds of possibilities in life!

This book is beautifully written and illustrated by David Lucas, depicting the wild possibilities in one's life, while subtly conveying the message of being adventurous towards children!


Meet the Author!

David Lucas, an illustrator since the age of 17, have illustrated a picture book by Ted Hughes before starting to write picture book stories of his own.

Having his books being translated into 12 languages, David was nominated as one of the UK’s Best New Illustrators by the BookTrust in 2008.

David Lucas' latest picture book is called I Was Made For You published by Andersen Press, and recently he has been working on writing longer fiction.


Recommended Reads by David Lucas:

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Read 'Nutmeg' on the Me Books App!


Interactive Storytelling with 'Nutmeg'

With storytelling prompts and questions, children can have a higher level of engagement during storytelling sessions as the storyteller interacts with the children! While kids participate in the interactive storytelling session, it also sparks their interest to explore more stories and books!

Below are some suggested storytelling prompts that you might find useful as u go through the book in the app with your students:

The first spread of the storybook shows the life Nutmeg had lived, the dullness and simple description of the family's meals are great opportunities to prompt questions to children already!

Here are some questions that you could ask your kids:

  • What do you see outside Nutmeg's house?

  • Why do you think they eat cardboard, string and sawdust for their meals?

  • How would you feel if you were to eat these things for your meals?


Nutmeg sets off on a walk to the Creek. Take a moment to look at this spread!

Here are some questions that you could ask your kids:

  • Do you know what is a creek?

  • Can you spot the bottle? Where is it?

  • What do you think might happen when Nutmeg opens the bottle?


What amazing magic! The Spoon from the Genie worked up all kinds of ingredients and a feast was laid out in front of Nutmeg's family!

Here are some questions that you could ask your kids:

  • What food would you wish for The Spoon to make?

  • Observe the illustrations of the feast, which food would you eat first, which food would you eat last?

  • How do you think Nutmeg and the family felt when they saw this miracle happening?


At last, the Genie and the Magic Spoon completely changed Nutmeg and her family's life, but it seems like they are setting off for more exciting adventures!

Here are some questions that you could ask your kids:

  • The Magic Spoon stirred everything up and change the house into a boat! Would you prefer to live in a house or on a boat?

  • How do you think Nutmeg and her family felt after all this magic?

  • Where do you think they are heading to for their next adventure?


Loving the storytelling prompts so far?

Have a look at more activities and worksheets planned out based on the book, just download and enjoy!

download free storytelling resources

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Nutmeg by David Lucas

Nutmeg lives a very dull life with her old Uncle nicodemus and Cousin Nesbitt, eating nothing but cardboard for breakfast, string for lunch and sawdust for supper.

Then one day, she meets a genie who gives her a magic spoon which can perform all kinds of magic and changes Nutmeg and her family's life!


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