Saturday, November 7, 2009

S is for Story: A Writer’s Alphabet


S is for Story: A Writer’s Alphabet by Esther Hershenhorn

You know this series. You’ve read others like it from this publisher. You like the others? You will like this one.

The author moves through the alphabet, hitting highlights of the writing process, expounding upon character and drafts and editing and genre and many more. The pictures are inviting and the text is clear.

A sample:
“G begins the French word Genre,
a way to group stories by kind.
History, Mystery,
Folktale, Myth.
Each boasts rules to mind.
Writers and readers classify stories by kind or genre, pronounced zhan-ruh. Each category has its own structure and set of rules. Genre choices for fiction include folktales, fantasy, and science fiction. Genre choices for nonfiction include essays, memoirs, and autobiographies.”

Children’s comments:
I showed this book to a group of eight first graders, all strong readers. They all liked the pictures and enjoyed browsing through the text, trying to anticipate the word for each letter and reading through the information about stories.

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