________________ CM . . . . Volume XVIII Number 11 . . . . November 11, 2011

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Iím Writing a Story.

Doretta Groenendyk.
Charlottetown, PE: Acorn Press, 2009.
28 pp., stapled, $12.95.
ISBN978-1-894838-44-3.

Subject Headings:
Fiction-Authorship-Juvenile literature.
Short story-Juvenile literature.
Creative writing-Juvenile literature.

Kindergarten-grade-3 / Ages 5-8.

Review by Lisa Case.

*** /4

   

Iím Writing a Story is a book about the endless possibilities open to young children when writing a story. The author gives various examples throughout the book about different story ideas. She touches on different topics, such as climbing trees, best friends, and superheroes.

When I write, itís about a wind thatís a-blowing,
and they donít know where theyíre going,
two people floating away.

In my story there was a house in the water.
The floods rose too high,
the waves up and caught her.

The illustrations, done by the author, are colourfully detailed and will capture the childrenís attention. These pictures help to enhance the imagination. internal art Very young children will also enjoy these illustrations as they are very captivating. The pictures provide good visual clues which could spark childrenís imagination and motivate them to try to write a story of their own or provide them with further inspiration to continue with their writing.

      The story does not flow as well as other books in this category. Each page has new ideas which seem to be the start of a story of its own. The story does not really have a beginning, middle, and end Ė just a bunch of new beginnings. However, I would recommend this book as a resource for any elementary teacher to utilize as an aid for introducing young students to the wonders of using their imagination to create their own stories.

Recommended.

Lisa Case is an elementary/junior high teacher-librarian from Calgary, AB.

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