My Own Stories First Writing Adventures in Literacy
Publisher and Illustrator: Chrysalis Education, 2004
Ages: About 7 years and up
Theme: NonFiction, Language, Creative Writing, Art, Illustration
Opening Line: Once upon a time, an old man planted a little turnip.
Synopsis: The above is not the very first line in the book as the first page tells about what the book is about; learning the skills of story writing, and story telling. This is one of a series of “First Writing” books with ideas for creating all kinds of stories and introducing young children to the world of Literacy. This lively book features beautifully – illustrated versions of new and traditional tales for reading aloud. Using these as frameworks for writing, it encourages children to create their own stories. It provides guidance on how to plan a story and on using the language of story writing.
Why I Like it: Actually when I first glanced through the pages of this book my first thought was that if I hadn’t done an online course , joined a hub, or come upon such a wonderful source of online writers as I have done, this could have possibly have been the next best thing. It simply explains ways of bringing a story to life on a page. I liked that it referred to – before children can successfully write stories of their own they need to absorb the language, rhythm, pattern and shape of existing stories by listening to them and reading aloud.
The book is split into 6 double pages of retelling old stories, on the second double pages the young writers are guided in writing their own version with illustrated prompts. Pull out flap provides alphabetical list of common words to help them. There are also helpful suggestions and ways to use prompts as well as hints on the use of story-writing language and reminders about using punctuation, capital letters and connecting words. There is also at the back more writing ideas, how to use story maps and acting out stories and how to change and edit. The author, Ruth, makes this a very easy step, by step guide.
Resources: Here are some other books in the series and an online site to order from … http://www.fishpond.co.nz/Books/My-Own-Stories-First-Writing-Ruth-Thomson/9781844583294
This is a fantastic site of Ruth Thomson books, great for school, home schooling and education… http://www.mightyape.co.nz/search/0/Ruth+Thomson/?gclid=CJ-An5v12a4CFQYdpAod5ma8bw
A great site for kids learning to make their own stories into books, kids and you will love this…… http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/make-your-own/story-maker
An interview on a blog from the illusive author Ruth Thomson….. http://thewholemegillah.wordpress.com/2011/11/15/five-in-one-notebook-special-children%e2%80%99s-books-about-terezin-from-candlewick-%e2%80%93-editors-authors-publicist/
For more books with resources please visit the lovely author Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog and find the tab for Perfect Picture Books. Her blog is full of resources links and activities associated with the books reviewed by many authors.