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Help young readers become young writers with this sweet picture book about a child finding the words to tell his own story!
If you’ve ever tried to write a story of your own, you know it’s not as easy as it looks. Words get tangled, pencils get broken, piles of pages get crumpled up. It’s so much easier just to read all the lovely stories other people have written. . . . But their stories aren’t your stories, and your tale is worth telling.
A mostly empty page Then another. And still another. There are squiggles. There are doodles. But the words won't come.
With the gentle reassurance of experience, two-time SCBWI Golden Kite Award Winner Deborah Hopkinson writes a story that encourages persistence, and celebrates the strength of every child’s unique voice and the story they have to tell. Charming illustrations by Hadley Hooper detail the child’s efforts-- and the stroke of inspiration that helps him get going.
This is the perfect picture book for kids who love stories and have big ideas of their own. Young readers who don’t know where to start will be encouraged by the gentle humor, and a page of story-starting ideas offers the opportunity to expand the experience beyond the book.
A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection A CCBC Choice
About the Author
Deborah Hopkinson is as award-winning of picture books, fiction, and nonfiction for young readers. In 2013 she received a Robert F. Sibert Honor and YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award honor for Titanic: Voices from the Disaster. She has won the SCBWI Golden Kite Award for Picture Book Text Twice, for A Band of Angels and Apples to Oregon. Sky Boys, How They Built the Empire State Building, was a Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor awardee. She lives near Portland, Oregon.
Hadley Hooper is a fine artist and the illustrator of many distinctive picture books, including The Iridescence of Birds, by Patricia Maclachlan, Another Way to Climb a Tree, by Liz Garton Scanlon, and Two Brothers, Four Hands, by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan. She lives in Denver, Colorado.
★ "A spare lyricism pervades this poetic picture book about writing by Hopkinson. . . . A gentle, luminous exploration for aspiring writers."—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
★ "[A] poetic narrative, with quiet, thoughtful illustrations. . . . Hopkinson’s words gently encourage readers to remember that this craft takes patience, but also how there is something remarkable about finding your unique voice. VERDICT A comforting read for anyone who writes . . . this book will ease young scribes into their next story."—School Library Journal, Starred Review
★ "Charming illustrations—made using pen, ink, and paint, and completed on Photoshop—are delightful to pore over."—Booklist, Starred Review
"Hopkinson’s story about a story, which closes with a writing . . . is genuinely inspiring, a tutorial on writer’s block that never patronizes the child readers at whom it’s aimed."—The Horn Book
"While the book is obviously targeted at aspiring writers, the message of persistence is applicable to the development of any skill. . . . Illustrations teem with texture and vibrant color. . . . an easy go-to for an early language arts lesson."—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
"An appropriate choice for a teacher, librarian, or educator introducing a creative writing unit. . . ."—Kirkus Reviews