Jeffrey and Slothby Kari-Lynn Winters, Ben Hodson (Illustrator)
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Jeffrey can't think of a thing to write, so he doodles instead, only to have his doodle begin to order him about. Jeffrey struggles with the situation until he discovers that the most strong-willed doodle is powerless against a well-told tale. Jeffrey and Sloth is bound to have children rushing for their colored pencils and their pens to see who and what they can create.
K-Gr 2- When Jeffrey sits down to write a story for his homework assignment, he is faced with a blank sheet of paper and a raging case of writer's block. He starts to doodle instead, eventually drawing a pudgy sloth. The animal comes to life and begins to taunt him about his writing skills. It doesn't take Jeffrey long to realize that the lazy animal just doesn't want him to write about anything strenuous for the sloth to do. He beats the creature (and his own inner critic) at its own game by sending it on an arduous fictional journey in search of the world's coziest blanket. By the time he finds it, Jeffrey's homework, and the story, is finished. The theme of the book, that one's imagination can lead to unexpected places, is not new; nor is the notion of drawings taking on a life of their own. Jeffrey and Sloth is a good read-aloud to introduce units on creative writing to children. The acrylic and colored-pencil cartoon illustrations of the sloth's imperative journey add an element of silly fun, though the text crowds them on some pages.-Rachael Vilmar, Eastern Shore Regional Library, MDCopyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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Jeffrey looked at the blank page. It glared back. His ideas came slowly, and he found himself sketching a round-bellied, long-armed sloth. "Focus on the words," Jeffrey muttered to himself. "Just forget about the words," whispered a voice. Jeffrey looked around, his eyes wide. "Who said that?"
His ideas came slowly, and he found himself sketching a round-bellied, long-armed sloth.
"Focus on the words," Jeffrey muttered to himself.
"Just forget about the words," whispered a voice.
Jeffrey looked around, his eyes wide. "Who said that?"
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Kari-Lynn Winters teaches education at Brock University in Ontario. She has written many books for young children. For more information, visit www.kariwinters.com.
Ben Hodson illustrates mostly for children in books, magazines and textbooks. He is the 2004 recipient of the Glass Slipper Award from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators' Canadian Conference. He does presentations and workshops at local schools and libraries. Ben lives in Ottawa, Ontario, with his wife May and his daughter Zoe. For more information, visit www.benhodson.ca.
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