Beginning writers receive an introduction to the form of poetry in this addition to the "Katie Woo: Star Writer" series, which give guidance about different forms of writing, including narrative, opinion, research papers, letters, and journals. Framed by a simple story, in which Katie and her friends create poems based on their feelings and experiences, the narrative is interspersed with "Star Tips," which offer advice on the different aspects and forms of poetry writing. These tips have information about rhythm, rhyme, choosing topics, utilizing creative language, expressing emotion through writing, and poetry structures. Offering students a basic and open structure for approaching this creative writing form, Manushkin's work could easily be used alone or within class as part of a larger unit on poetry writing. The book is also recommended along with other works in the series for introducing a variety of genres to young writers. Reviewer: Caitlin Marineau
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—In this energetic series, a young girl learns about many different kinds of writing. Her friends and family make appearances as she keeps a journal, writes poems, pens letters, and more. Watercolor illustrations capture Katie's personality and give life to the stories. The titles look and read like easy readers. "Katie's Star Tip" sidebars complement the narratives by delivering advice about the kind of writing being highlighted. For example, Facts tells readers, "Brainstorming can help you pick a topic." The end of each book offers activity suggestions for budding writers, such as journal prompts, ideas for research papers, topics for opinion pieces, and suggestions of people to write letters to, such as grandparents. Website addresses lead readers and educators to more information and "downloadables."
Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)
Meet the Author
Fran Manushkin is the author of many popular picture books, including Baby, Come Out!; Latkes and Applesauce: A Hanukkah Story; The Tushy Book; The Belly Book; and Big Girl Panties. There is a real Katie Woo — she's Fran's great-niece — but she never gets in half the trouble of the Katie Woo in the books. Fran writes on her beloved Mac computerin New York City, without the help of her two naughty cats, Chaim and Goldy.
Tammie Lyon began her love for drawing at a young age while sitting at the kitchen table with her dad. She continued her love of art and eventually attended The Columbus College of Art and Design, where she earned a Bachelors degree in Fine Art. After a brief career as a professional ballet dancer, she decided to devote herself full time to illustration. Today she lives with her husband, Lee, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her dogs, Gus and Dudley, keep her company as she works in her studio.