Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Writers Love Words, And So Does Max

This week's Gemstone:  Max's Words

  • by Kate Banks, illustrated by Boris Kulikov
  • published by Frances Foster Books (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
  • 2006
  • 698 words (took me about 40 minutes to copy by hand)
  • Summary: When Max cuts out words from magazines and newspapers, collecting them the way his brothers collect stamps and coins, they all learn about words, sentences, and storytelling.
Sparkle Element:  As with all good books, I like this one on several levels.  I like it because as a child, I collected both stamps and coins.  Oh, and words too.  Now, I only collect words (and 4-leaf clovers).  I like how Max has all the power in the story, even though he doesn't know it at first.  He works hard to find a way to get what he wants.  

The fact that storytelling has been done and continues to be done as a group effort resonated with me.  It's a great way to brainstorm ideas and to make the mind work.  It's a good writing exercise.  For plot, character, suspense, action, and even setting.  In fact, I have something up my sleeve for the future.  Stay tuned to find out soon.

A list of picture books about writing and words:
  • Max's Words by Kate Banks
  • The Plot Chickens by Mary Jane Auch
  • Patches Lost and Found by Steven Kroll
  • The Boy Who Loved Words by Roni Schotter
  • A Weave of Words by Robert D. San Souci
  • Words Are Like Faces by Edith Baer
  • Frederick by Leo Lionni
  • Jeffrey and Sloth by Kari-Lynn Winters
  • The Desperate Dog Writes Again by Eileen Christelow
  • You Can Write a Story! by Lisa Ballard
  • The Best Story by Eileen Spinelli
  • Snow Day by Moira Fain
  • Library Mouse by Daniel Kirk 
This list is by no means comprehensive.  I even own three of them.  Do any of you know more fictional picture books that are about writing and/or the love of words?  Enjoy!  And keep on keepin' on... 

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