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A Squiggly Story
Contributor(s): Larsen, Andrew (Author), Lowery, Mike (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 1771380160     ISBN-13: 9781771380164
Publisher: Kids Can Press
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Binding Type: Hardcover
Published: September 2016
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Imagination & Play
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
Dewey: E
Age Level: 3-7
Grade Level: Preschool-2
Lexile Measure: 270 AD (Adult Directed Text)
Physical Information: 0.4" H x 9.1" W x 10" (0.95 lbs) 32 pages
Features: Ikids, Illustrated, Price on Product
Review Citations: Kirkus Reviews 06/01/2016
Kirkus Reviews Fall Preview 08/15/2016 pg. 48
Booklist 09/01/2016 pg. 117
School Library Journal 10/01/2016 pg. 79
Hornbook Guide to Children 07/01/2017 pg. 44 - Below Average, With Minor Flaw
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 184918
Reading Level: 2.3   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
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Publisher Description:
A young boy wants to write a story, just like his big sister. But there's a problem, he tells her. Though he knows his letters, he doesn't know many words. "Every story starts with a single word and every word starts with a single letter," his sister explains patiently. "Why don't you start there, with a letter?" So the boy tries. He writes a letter. An easy letter. The letter I. And from that one skinny letter, the story grows, and the little boy discovers that all of us, including him, have what we need to write our own perfect story. This picture book from award-winning author Andrew Larsen playfully and imaginatively explores a young child's process of learning to express himself. It promotes the idea that stories are available for everyone to tell, whatever way we can, and will inspire pre-readers to try writing stories of their own. The lively, fun illustrations by Mike Lowery incorporate story panels with dialogue bubbles, adding visual texture. Also helpful, the boy's story is shown both as he actually writes it --- with just a few letters, some punctuation marks and typographical symbols --- and as he imagines it. Celebrating self-expression, self-discovery and imagination, this book would enhance an early language arts lesson on writing, particularly on the parts of a story. It beautifully highlights the exciting worlds that are opened up when children begin to read and write. In a sweet touch, the boy and his sister model a close and supportive sibling relationship.
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