Mungo Makes New Friends

Mungo Somali

Mungo Makes New Friends


Sound-enabled, paper-back book in over 20 dual languages.
All dual language editions of this book are TalkingPEN enabled, see FREELINK for available audio.

Written by first-time writer, Gill Aitchison, illustrated by Jill Newton, and published by independent publisher, Mantra Lingua, Mungo Makes New Friends is more than your average picture book. Supported by a range of additional resources, Mungo presents a new generation of storytelling, making it suitable for diverse audiences and reading abilities.

Set in the autumnal Highlands of Scotland, Mungo is a horse who has seen better days. Now, old and lonely, he has nothing to look forward to. But, slowly, he is introduced to a series of new friends who share his meals. As the seasons change, and winter comes, Mungo is taken away to his winter stables and his loyal friends must work out how to stay with him. Find yourself immersed in Jill Newton’s beautifully illustrated Scottish Highlands, and join Mungo and his friends on their adventure.

​A book for our multilingual society, Mungo is available in 20 dual languages, including Scottish Gaelic! Ex- EAL (English as an Additional Language) teacher, Gill Aitchison, is passionate about inclusion. Gill has created a story which, read aloud, engages even 2-year-olds; and, with rhythmic repetition of text, a 5-year-old can begin to read with confidence. There are also plenty of points for discussion for EAL adults or older children to build their English language skills.

Gill Aitchison is an ex- EAL teacher, based in Scotland. Inspired by a real-life horse and the animals he happily shared his meals with, Gill wrote Mungo Makes New Friends with EAL students in mind. This story will resonate with any newcomer and with extensive teachers' notes, this title is rich in modality and resources including ebooks, Kamishibai Storytelling Theatre and Kamishibai Story Props for self expression, role-playing and trans-languaging.

Jill Newton has worked on many wide and varied projects, from editorial pieces for the Financial Times to designing soft toys for Jelly Cat. Her passion is for children’s books, and she has illustrated over 150 titles that have been published worldwide. Her previous books with Mantra Lingua include Sports Day in the Jungle and Keeping Up with Cheetah.

Gill Aitchison
Jill Newton
160 g
Somali, Mungo, friends, friendship, adventure, horse, Scotland, animals, fun, Gill Aitchison, Jill Newton
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