This PowerPoint contains the opening paragraph/orientation of 14 well known/high quality picture books and short novels (e.g. The Gruffalo & The BFG). Questions at the bottom of each page ask students to consider why it is such an effective narrative orientation. These could be printed out for students to highlight and underline effective techniques and structures, such as the use of figurative language, describing looks or personality of a main character, describing setting, types of words used (e.g. great verbs or adjectives), etc. It can also be used for students to examine in pairs or groups, and return back to the class to share their ideas and develop a class poster/checklist of what all great orientations should have.