What Do You Think, Katie?: Writing an Opinion Piece with Katie Woo

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School Library Journal
11/01/2013
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."
Children's Literature - Claudia Mills
The now six-book “Katie Woo: Star Writer” series gives the heroine of Manushkin and Lyon’s popular chapter books a forum for offering pithy advice to first through third-grade writers. This time Katie is charged with writing an opinion piece for the school newspaper. Alas, as she announces some of her adamantly held opinions to her best friends JoJo and Pedro, she ends up quarreling with both of them. How can they not see that funny books are better than science books and scary books? And that putting on a show would be more fun than bike riding or playing soccer? Furious, Katie writes an opinion piece denouncing both Pedro and JoJo. But after they reconcile, she writes a new piece on the importance of friends taking turns. The story works in its own right as an enjoyable tale of early elementary conflict resolution. The helpful writing tips Katie offers are perfectly pitched for emerging writers: e.g., “Your topic should ask a question that can be answered differently by different people,” “It is important to give reasons why your opinion is the best,” “Linking words connect your opinion to your reasons.” My opinion: Manushkin and Lyon have delivered another winner. Reviewer: Claudia Mills, Ph.D.; Ages 6 to 8.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781479519262
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2013
  • Series: Katie Woo: Star Writer Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 771,441
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: 410L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.20 (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.

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