‘Long, long ago in the Stone Age, before stories where written down, Mo and her family lived on the side of a hill, not so far from where you are now…’
When Mo makes friends with a little wild beast, her family are horrified – wild beasts are dangerous. But could this wild beast save baby Babba from a hungry lynx and become a friend to the whole family? And then what would they call him? This heart-warming story about a Stone-Age family and the first dog is inspired by the recent discovery of a child’s footprint alongside a dog’s pawprint from 26,000 years ago.
We are all the living descendants of the clever, strong and amazingly talented, nomadic peoples of the Stone-Age who knew how to work with nature.
I feel very lucky to have tried out some of their many survival skills thanks to a prehistoric survival family day in Suffolk with the amazing Will Lord of Prehistoric Survival. Huge respect to people like Will Lord, who know how to turn flint and bone into tools for hunting, cooking and making clothes and turn dried nettles into twine and more!
I learnt I am no flint knapper but ever since I visited the cave of Peche Merle with my children and later the cave of Chauvet, I have been dreaming up stories about a girl I called Little Mo. I am looking forward to sharing the story of how Mo befriended a puppy and introduced it into our human family and to inspiring lots of children in schools, bookshops and festivals when the book reaches bookshops on 8th February, 2024.
For starters here are 2 ‘tracking’ activities for you to download. Our Stone-Age ancestors were good at spotting signs. They would look out for tracks on the ground to help them find wild animals for food and clothing or spot the tracks of dangerous animals to avoid getting eaten themselves. Archeologists too are good at recognising the tiniest clues to help track the lives of our earliest ancestors.
And here’s a craft activity for you to make lots of tracks to create a path for a hunting game or a maze of tracks of your own.