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. Volume VIII Number 9 . . . . January 4, 2002
Hey Girl! A Journal of My Life will become a keepsake for any girl who enjoys finding out more about herself, and recording both the events of her life, and her thoughts and opinions. This spiral-bound, durable journal is full of variety in design, layout, and content. Potential journal writers are given numerous short topics to ponder, concerning self, family, friends, home, activities, favourites, emotions, desires, and future plans. Many prompts invite short answers, such as "A book that taught me stuff I never knew," and "My favourite place to go when I feel stressed out is ...." In other cases, the writer is invited to respond at greater length, as for example in "What dreams are you going to keep on dreaming, no matter what?" The short personality quiz creates further interest while other pages suggest drawing or sticking in photographs. The journalist can also make a family tree and sketch a map of places important to the family. A cipher wheel can be completed and used to code entries thereby addressing this age group's desire for privacy.
The numerous, appealing illustrations most often take the form of small clips scattered across the pages. Colour is used effectively, not only in illustrations, but also in page colour and in highlighting prompts and responses.
Some eager writers might regret that the space provided for responses is limited. Recognizing this potential pitfall, the author suggests continuing in a blank notebook if desired. Other journalists would welcome the opportunity to make only short and simple records of their ideas. Many girls who receive this journal will complete it with much enjoyment and will likely ask for another copy to work through again at a later date.
Sheila Alexander is a Middle Years Teacher Candidate in the Faculty of Education, the University of Manitoba.
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