________________ CM . . . . Volume XIII Number 6 . . . . November 10, 2006

cover The Novel Experience: Steps for Choosing and Using Fiction in the Classroom. 

Larry Swartz.
Markham, ON: Pembroke, 2006.
30 pp., pbk., $12.95.
ISBN 1-55138-200-8. 

Subject Headings:
Fiction-Study and teaching (Elementary).
Fiction-Study and teaching (Secondary).
Students-Books and reading.
Reading interests. 
Professional.
 

Review by Christina Neigel.
 

**** /4 

excerpt: 

As we develop our lives as readers - and this is a lifelong process - we come to appreciate a story not only by identifying with the characters but also by seeing through the eyes of the author. In reading and responding to novels, we become aware of how an author uses his or her talents and skills to create stories. We learn to note the author’s choices in terms of style, language, action, and characters. As we read, we rewrite the novel in our minds. We reflect on our interaction with the text and make connections to our personal library of literary experiences. 

  

Larry Swartz provides teachers with an easy to read, well organized guide to helping students understand the value of reading fiction. This flipchart-style book includes succinct chapters outlining why reading novels is important, how to organize a novel program, how novels can be selected, how to process and comprehend information from novels, and printable exercises that allow students to share their reading experiences.   

     This to-the-point and practical manual is a must-have for educators and librarians working with intermediate to advanced readers. Full of ideas for instruction, the easy-to-navigate pages are filled with charts, diagrams, text boxes and other, quick reference devices that make this book highly useful and quick to access.  

Highly Recommended. 

Christina Neigel is an Instructor in the Library and Information Technology Program at the University College of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford, BC. 

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