Reviews for Picture Yourself Writing Drama : Using Photos to Inspire Writing

Library Media Connection Reviews 2012 March/April
This series was a delightful surprise. I should have believed the subtitle: Using Photos to Inspire Writing, but I had to begin reading to realize that this is not so much a "how-to" series as it is truly an enrichment series. The books assume the students can write, their object is to inspire writers to expand their writing. Each book is full of ideas and photos to explore, and gives delightful, short samples of writing. Each book takes topics such as setting, voice, bias, plot, genre, sensory details, point of view, or character and explores them with readers, then presents a challenge for students to develop on their own. Give these to a teacher who has asked for writing inspiration and let that teacher use them to show children how to enhance their own writing. Bibliography. Glossary. Websites. Index. Jolene C. DeFranco, Educational Reviewer, Missouri City, Texas. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Copyright 2012 Linworth Publishing, Inc.

School Library Journal Reviews 2011 November

Gr 3-6--Short, bright, and bold, these books are filled with colorful photographs and writing prompts. The authors ask questions about the works depicted, such as the famous "Migrant Mother" image and a shot of a snarling tiger, in order to help readers generate ideas for writing. Even though the series is divided into different fields, the writing tips and strategies can be applied across genres. Teachers or wannabe writers will find this series useful. Visually stimulating and written with a strong voice, these books will help any child embark on a creative adventure.

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