Alice in Wonderland

A girl running after a rabbit.

One day, Alice was lying under a tree listening to her sister reading a story.

Suddenly, she saw a white rabbit scamper by. He had pink eyes and was wearing a blue coat. He took out a big watch from his waistcoat pocket and as he hurried away, he said, “Oh dear, I will be too late!”

She thought there was something very different about this rabbit. It could talk, it wore a red waistcoat and it carried a watch.

Alice wondered, “A talking rabbit? A rabbit who wears a waistcoat!” Alice was burning with curiosity and she followed the white rabbit.

Girl falls into a rabbit hole.

The rabbit started running and Alice followed the rabbit. The rabbit suddenly popped down a large rabbit hole. Alice jumped into the rabbit hole too! The rabbit went down and down and down and down into the rabbit hole.

Alice said aloud, “Where am I? How many miles down have I fallen? I must be getting somewhere near the centre of the earth.” She wondered, “Will I slip through the earth to the other side?”

Thump! Alice landed on a pile of dry leaves. She looked around quickly and suddenly saw the white rabbit again. It disappeared saying, “Oh, my ears and whiskers! How late it’s getting!”

Alice stood up and saw a small door about fifteen inches high. It was too small for her to go through.

She saw a glass table with a golden key on it.

Girl amazed at the beautiful garden.

She tried the little golden key in the lock and to her delight it fitted! Alice opened the door and looked into the loveliest garden she had ever seen! How she longed to be among those beds of bright flowers and those cool fountains! But she could not even get her head through the doorway.

“Oh! How I wish, I could become smaller!” she exclaimed loudly.

– Adapted from Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

New words

scamper, hurried, popped, disappeared, whiskers

4Reading is fun

1. While listening to the story, what did Alice see?

2. What was different about the rabbit that Alice saw?

3. Where did the rabbit go?

4. How did Alice reach Wonderland?

5. What strange things did Alice see?

6. Describe in your own words the garden that Alice saw.

7. Draw the garden of your dreams

A blank sheet.

8. Tick (✓) the correct answer.

  • The rabbit had

☐ white eyes ☐ big eyes ☐ pink eyes

  • Who was burning with curiosity?

☐ Alice ☐ the rabbit ☐ children

  • Who fell down and down and down?

☐ Alice ☐ a mouse ☐ the rabbit

  • Who said – “Oh, my ears and whiskers? How late it’s getting!”

☐ the rabbit ☐ Alice ☐ Alice’s sister

  • The garden Alice saw was

☐ big ☐ lovely ☐ small

9Let’s talk

1. Describe some of the sounds you hear at night.

2. Imagine you are Alice and your partner is a rabbit. What would you do?

3. What do you think Alice saw in the garden?

4. How could Alice have got into the garden?

Let’s write

1. Find one word from the story that means

(a) to walk fast h

(b) to think w

(c) happy d

(d) to be seen nowhere d

(e) at once q

(f) move fast s

(g) to be inquisitive c

2. Give another word for the ones given below with similar meanings and make sentences. Now write the opposites of these describing words and make sentences with them –

Opposite Sentence

3. Imagine you are going on a journey to the centre of the earth. What do you think you will see? What would you feel?

4. Alice follows the strange rabbit because she wants to know a number of things. Re-arrange the words to make the questions that Alice has in her mind, and put a question mark (?).

(a) talk rabbit a how can

(b) going he is where

(c) read he can time the

(d) hurry is in a why he