This was the first small world I based on a book. We based it on "What the ladybird heard".
I tried to get each animal in the right place so she could re tell the story herself. I read the story once while she explored the world and then we just let her play. She decided the "badies" needed to be buried in the mud. It was a lot of fun to watch her.
We also played the story being read by the author on Youtube while she was playing.