On the Way Home

On the Way Home❮PDF / Epub❯ ☆ On the Way Home ✪ Author Jill Murphy – Bluevapours.co.uk Claire has hurt her knee so she sets off home to tell her mom all about it On the way she meets her friends and tells them each a different story on how she got her scrape Was she dropped by a wolf, a Claire has hurt her knee so she sets off home to tell her mom all about it On the way she meets her friends and tells them each a different story on how she got her scrape Was she dropped by a wolf, a slithering snake, an enormous dragon, or a hairy gorilla? Just how did that scrape happen? Playful and creative, this is a fantastic journey of the imagination that every child can relate to.

Jill Murphy is a London born English children's author, best known for The Worst Witch series and the Large Family picture books She has been described as one of the most engaging writers and illustrators for children in the landJill Murphy was born in London and attended the Ursuline Convent in Wimbledon which, together with the boarding school stories she enjoyed reading, provided much of th.

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  • 32 pages
  • On the Way Home
  • Jill Murphy
  • English
  • 24 June 2017
  • 9780230015845

10 thoughts on “On the Way Home

  1. Mehzabin says:

    ‘On the way home’ is a fantastic story about a girl named Claire who hurts her knee. We follow her journey home where she meets many of her friends who as her how she hurt her knee. She tells each of them a different imaginative story of how she hurt her knee. It involves a lot of fantasy ranging from snakes, witches, ghost and aliens. When she finally gets home, she cannot resist telling her mother the truth about her how she hurt her knee and starts crying and demands the “biggest plaster in the whole box”. Children can really empathise with the Claire how really want to impress her friends with her bravery, however, she could not resist telling her mum the truth.

    This book is suitable for children aged 5-7. It could be enjoyed as a read aloud book with the class or it can be used in literacy lesson to encourage imagination, descriptive talk and understanding characters.

  2. Huma Naqvi says:

    I chose this book because Jill Murphy is a recognised author; she has won many prizes including a Commended for the Kate Greenaway Medal for ‘Peace at Last’ (Flood, A. 2017). In addition, the cover page was engulfed with ugly creatures, which I do not like and reminded me of ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ by Maurice Sendak.

    The story is about Claire, who grazes her knee, then walks home to tell her mother.
    On the way home, Claire meets many friends and to each describes a different adventure with different icons (seen on the cover page) and how she gets hurt. This tale repeats with each friend; a similar perspective is noted in Voices in the Park by Browne. Claire finally reaches home to tell her mother the truth and gives her a plaster.

    The title and author are clearly printed above and below the picture on the cover page. All the ghastly icons in the picture, follow Claire, who is pictured on the left and walks towards the left of the page.

    Murphy uses a small font, printed below the pictures per page. She writes in third person giving identity to the main character called Claire. The story has good use of italics which emphasis feelings and emotions. Onomatopoeia words such as ‘squeezed and squashed’, slow the story yet engage readers. The use of repetitive words gives a different dimension to the story, for instance, when Murphy repeats ‘miles and miles’, she makes a point referring to the distance Claire fell.

    Apart from the beginning and ending pages, the book looks similar to a comic magazine. Many landmarks are visited such as the graveyard, the canal and the garage, some KS1 children may be unaware and need a prior introduction to them to fully understand the story. Each page illustrates three small pictures. The pictures are framed with straight contours when Claire talks to her friends alternatively, pictures which report the accidents are highlighted with wavy edges and they bleed. This gives the reader a feeling of excitement and involvement.

    Murphy uses bright sharp hues of red, green, blue, yellow and grey colours in the book (Harding 2008 p. 57). Claire’s hair, copper red, is prominent and seen on every page. The colour of the sky remains a constant blue throughout the book; this suggests the story happens in one day.

    This book is appropriate for a KS1 child because the story is written in the third person and written close to spoken language. The KS1 child can associate Claire’s story with their falls and accidents.

    The story did not appeal to me however, I did like the ending because Claire thankfully speaks the truth; this is good moral for a child to use and remember.


    Harding, J. and Pinsent, P. (2008) What do you see? International Perspectives on Children’s Book Illustration.
    Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

    Flood, A. (2017) ‘Jill Murphy: I just wanted a book on the shelf’. The Guardian. 25 January 2017
    Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/books/201....
    Accessed 5/3/2018

  3. Robert says:

    This book was read twice to my year two class on my placement, of which they undertook two associated activities related to this book.

    The story revolves around the main character, Claire, who has hurt her knee. Unbeknown to the reader at this point, no one knows the rationale as to why she has injured her knee. On the way home, Claire meets several friends and she informs them of imaginative and unrealistic scenarios as to how she injured her knee. Scenarios include a wolf attempting to take Claire home for his tea and a witch attempting to take Claire in the witch’s shopping bag. On all occasions Claire manages to break free thus injuring her knee in the process. When Claire finally arrives home, she informs her mother she hurt her knee as she fell off a swing. Claire then begins to cry and her mother offers Claire a plaster.

    The book was an excellent resource for my lessons and associated activities. The first lesson I delivered focused on adjectives. Murphy uses a variety of adjectives to describe the characters such as “wicked old witch” and “great, hairy gorilla”. During the lesson I would stop and ask the class how Claire described the characters who attempted to take her. This was due for two reasons. Firstly, I would ask the class for feedback on any unfamiliar vocabulary such as “vast”. Secondly, this was to re-iterate the focus of the lesson, by asking the children which adjectives Claire uses to describe the characters. The children then had to re-call scenarios from the story in the activities, using adjectives, which was successful.

    The second activity a week later involved imaginative and creative thinking. Again, I read the book in the same manner as I did the week earlier. This time, the children had to make their own story parallel to Claire’s adventure. The children had to pretend they were injured and the rationale as to why they were injured. This activity invoked creative thinking from the whole class, of which the teacher and I were extremely impressed. The only assistance the children needed were with spellings and there was no encouragement needed for them to make their own stories. This shows the class were engaged.

    The book has excellent illustrations which complement the text and this was extremely useful to the EAL children who had ambiguity following the book when I read it to them. Above all, this book invokes creative thinking and shows everyone, especially children, have the ability to act creatively, as seen with Claire’s imaginative skills. This book also demonstrates the naivety of children. Claire managed to convince her friends of the terrible journey she had on her way home, but Claire knew not to tell these stories to her mother. This shows children are aware who they can and cannot be creative with.

    Another theme of this book is care giving and safety zones for children. When Claire reached her safety zone of her house, she began to cry to her mother and Claire was honest with her as to why she hurt her knee. Claire’s mother also offered Claire a plaster. This shows that Claire’s real emotions could only be shown to her mother, a sign of nurtured attachment. Claire also received the assistance of her mother to heal her injured knee, by the offering of the plaster.

    I was careful not to say the word “lie” throughout this review as Claire used creative thinking, something which a child should never be criticised for.

  4. Zaynab Modaykhan says:

    I am using this book in my placement to encourage imagination, description in talk and understanding of characters in my Reception class for Literacy lessons. The book is about a girl who hurts her knee and on her way home she bumps into lots of different friends. Each friend she meets she has a different story to tell about how she hurt her knee. She tells one friend a big bad wolf tried to eat her up and as the wolf dropped her she scraped her knee. She tells another friend a flying saucer tried to take her away into outer space! She tells someone else a crocodile tried to eat her and knocked her over. She also mentions a snake, dragon, gorilla, witch, big giant and a ghost trying to either eat her or take her away. When she finally arrives home she tells her mum she fell off the swings and starts crying. Her mum puts a big plaster on he knee.

    I like this story as it really encourages character description and the story contains lots of descriptive words and phrases to develop children's imagination. Children can also act out different characters by creating masks and getting into role. This incorporates different aspects of Early Learning Goals.

  5. Aisha says:

    ‘On the Way Home’ by Jill Murphy, the author of the popular children’s book ‘Peace at Last’, tells the story of a little girl who grazes her knee and meets several friends on her way home. Using her wild imagination she invents various characters and stories about how it happened, from the big bad wolf who tried to take her home for his tea, to the wicked old witch who bundled her into her shopping bag.

    This story captures not only the wild and wonderful imagination of children, but at the end of the story it also describes that feeling that everyone has had as a child – that a big plaster will make it all better. It is a story that I remember well from my own childhood and really enjoyed reading. I think it is suitable to read to EYFS children as a class because there are a few words that beginner readers may find difficult to comprehend. Having said this, my 3 year old niece loves sitting by herself and flicking through the pages as its comic strip style illustrations depict the whole story without the need to read through the whole book. More advanced KS1 readers could quite easily read the book independently.

  6. Makeba Nugent says:

    This is a hilariously funny book. But also very sweet once you reach the climax. The main character Claire, hurts her knee and on her way home she meets a number of her friends and she tells them all about her bad knee! However, each story she tells to every one of her friends are very different.

    First there was a very big, bad wolf,...[then]... a vast flying-saucer,...a huge hungry crocodile,...a big fat snake...an enormous dragon...a great, hairy gorilla,...a gigantic giant,...a ghastly ghost... [and]... a wicked old witch! who were the culprits of her bad knee! When in fact, (when she finally reaches her home and sees her mum) she explains: I was in the playground and I was having such a nice time on a swing, when suddenly, suddenly..... I fell off!...[and she]...burst into tears.

    Claire has an excellent imagination. This could be a good book to read with KS1 or KS2 children to motivate them to use their imagination just like Claire in their own story writing.

    I really enjoyed reading this book and I laughed all the way through! If you like funny stories, you will enjoy this!

  7. Elys says:

    The story starts just after Claire has hurt her knee. We follow her journey home, where she meets lots of her friends, and tells each one a different story about how she got her injury. The stories involve all sorts of fantasy, ranging from aliens to giant snakes to ghosts and witches! At the end, Claire gets home to her mum, who gets the real version, and administers the biggest plaster in the whole box. Children are able to empathise with Claire, who wants to impress her friends with her bravery, but who can't hide the truth from her mum!

    I have used this story to great effect in Year One, as a plenary to a Big Writing lesson where children wrote alternative endings to a familiar text. The repetition in the book is useful for encouraging familiarity with the story, and the attractive illustrations reflect the story well, making it particularly useful for young children and those with communication and language SEN and those with EAL. However, the flip side of the repetitiveness of it is that it is a bit long!

  8. Sheryl Jeremiah says:

    This book is about a girl called Claire, who hurts her knee. She makes her way home and encounters her friends one by one and tells each of them a different story about how she got hurt. When Claire gets home to her mum, we find out the true story about what happened to her.

    This story follows a pattern each time that Claire tells her friends what happened. I liked the diversity of the characters in the book as it reflects a multicultural environment.
    Although I did like the repetition, I also eventually began to dislike it as I felt that there were a few too many accounts of what happened to Claire and I began to get a little bored whilst reading.

    This book would be suitable for children aged 5 to 8 years old.

    This would be a great book to use to read to the whole class. I also think that after the book is read to the class, they could do further work on it such as creating their own story of what could have happened to Claire and they will have to use their imagination. This story could also be linked with Drama, as the children could act out each scenario.

  9. Paul Jackson says:

    On the Way Home is a fantastically illustrated book and the pictures really feature what is happening in the book meaning it would be a useful book to use with children with EAL, visual learners and children with SEN.

    The book involves a little girl, called Claire, who has hurt her knee and is on the way home to tell her mum. On her way home she bumps into several of her friends and she makes up several different fictional stories which she describes to them.

    I used the book with a reception class and believe that it is ideally suited for that level of ability. It can be adapted to focus on several different strands of the EYFS curriculum including both Communication, Language and Literacy, Personal SOcial and Emotional development and Knowledge and understanding of the world.

  10. Anjumanara says:

    One of my old time favourites, by Jill Murphy, beautifully illustrated and full of adventure. It’s about a little girl called Clare who has hurt her knee and is off to tell her mother all about it....’on the way home’ she meets many friends who enquire about her grazed knee and tells them all about it. She creates many imaginative stories about how this has happened but what has really happens we find out at the end!! Children would easily relate with Clare and how from time to time we all exaggerate things to seek attention. It is quite a long story so more suitable for 7-8 year olds for independent reading but can be read to younger children by skipping some of the pages.

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