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A Writing Kind of Day

A Writing Kind of Day

by Ralph Fletcher

Boyds Mills Press publishes a wide range of high-quality fiction and nonfiction picture books, chapter books, novels, and nonfiction


Boyds Mills Press publishes a wide range of high-quality fiction and nonfiction picture books, chapter books, novels, and nonfiction

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School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-A young writer's daily experiences and concerns are folded into poems to which many readers can relate. For example, in "Bad Weather," the narrator presents a forecast for the school week, predicting "...a big term paper/due to arrive on Monday morning," followed by "intense-grammar drills" on Tuesday, the arrival of "the state writing test" on Wednesday,"-a high probability/of five-paragraph essays" on Thursday, and, finally, on Friday, "-some relief/when scattered poetry blows in." Varied in mood and tone, the offerings entertain as they celebrate words and language. A grandmother's "Memory Loss" is compared to crossing a river, as "She steps from word to word/until suddenly/she stops in the middle, disoriented." "Poetry" is described as a "sugar-crazed teenager/who just got a license/but refuses to follow/the rules of the road./-It embarrasses everyone/by telling the truth." What emerges is a picture of a young writer at work, looking closely at the world, making connections, and seeing the depth and beauty of everyday events and people. Ward's black-and-white illustrations use a variety of mediums, including pencil, photography, computer-generated images, and ink. Many aspiring poets will see the reflection of their own creative spirits and aspirations in this lovely collection.-Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
In 27 new, mostly free verses, Fletcher takes a young writer's voice, ruminating on metaphors, plagiarism and other writerly concepts, battling writer's block, or connecting one entry to the next. The thought, for instance, that a baby's "little bald head / reminds me of the planet Earth" might later turn into a poem not only "feels like money in the bank," but turns up again on the next page: "She's bald on top / so on her North Pole / there's mostly Arctic tundra." Other entries picture lost poems scurrying beneath the floorboards, or fret about a grandma with a failing memory, school issues ("Bad Weather" begins: "They're predicting a big term paper / due to arrive on Monday morning"), or whether a "Squished Squirrel" is a suitable subject. Black and white illustrations, in a range of styles from simple line drawings to what look like processed photos, add drab but atmospheric notes; the poet's simple language and wide variety of moods and topics may help to get young writers off the stick. (Poetry. 8-10)

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Highlights Press
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Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Ralph works with teachers and children in schools across the United States, both as an author and a creative writing consultant. He has written several poetry collections, including I Am Wings. Ralph lives in Lee, New Hampshire.

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