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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (August 26, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618260102
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618260102
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Lester's lighthearted look at how she came to write children's books will give aspiring authors of any age a lift and encouragement to persevere. Ages 4-8. (Aug.)
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 4. A picture-book autobiography that looks at the genesis of a writer from childhood to first publication, with all of the setbacks along the way. Jaunty cartoons add just the right tone to this inspirational success story.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

This is a fantastic book to motivate students to write.
Kimmiediane2012
Helen Lester writes with humor and real understanding of a writer's frustrations, the hard work that it takes, and the joy of doing what she loves.
Elizabeth Snyder
I like this book because it teaches you to always believe in yourself.
Cindy

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 19, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This enchanting book must be read to every class of learning disabled students, and should be in every elementary classroom as well. Ms. Lester shows, with amusement and the touching words of a small child, that writing can be fun-for anyone! Even if writing is a struggle, it can be enjoyed. This book will make students with problems know it's okay to be different, and that they can still go on to a productive, happy life. That is so important, as so many adults are scarred by the unhappy times they spent in schools, attempting to learn what was for them, almost impossible. I feel almost all students would enjoy this book. Thank you to Mrs. Lester for saying what so many needed to hear.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By SLB on August 12, 2007
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This is Helen Lester's true story of how she became a writer--from struggling in grade school to becoming a published author (many times). It's inspiring because it shows that writing is not simple--even for those gifted with the pen, but that it takes time and effort and a lot of rewrites. I would recommend it to anyone trying to show a child that writing does not always come easily, but that even the toughest writing struggles can be overcome with perseverance. It also explains the illustrator's job and how good illustrations help sell stories. Helen Lester's fiction books are hysterical and this companion "biography" is a must if you are a fan of her works.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S on October 25, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book shows children what many professional writers know. Writing isn't easy, but it is rewarding. I adore this book and how people of all ages and skills can relate to it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Beyer on August 21, 2010
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As a teacher, I use this book to help my students believe that they are all capable of being authors!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By librarianized on November 7, 2011
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First, I want to clarify that Helen Lester's story is fantastic, and a great teaching tool for struggling young writers. this Kindle version, however, is awful, and completely unusable in one's classroom or library. The pages of the print book are poorly scanned, and instead of digitally adjusting the grainyness, the story's text has simply been slapped on top. This results in low resution illustrations and blurry text, and the crisp "retyped" text hanging over or under the outline of the poorly scanned page. Kids (and even a couple of adults) struggle to read the crisp type on top, THEN read the same text on the blurred background of the crappy scan, and then the out-of-order text on the bottom!
Prior to this, I've purchased Kindle formats of children's books and really enjoyed them, but I just can't recommend this one, it's far too ugly. Lesson learned: I should have downloaded the sample first!
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A great book that shows that authors do not automatically have successes immediately, and that they started out as ordinary kids with ideas and challenges, just like any students of today. Helen Lester writes with humor and real understanding of a writer's frustrations, the hard work that it takes, and the joy of doing what she loves. It is a very encouraging book for kids, and a fun read for anyone.
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By A. Little on October 2, 2013
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This is the true story of how an author came to be just that, an author. In simplistic terms that were easy for my 2nd graders, the author recounts her challenges with writing. She also talks about struggling when her books were not published. This gave my children hope that they could one day become authors and also talked to them about perseverance I really enjoyed this!
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By James Fitzgerald on July 3, 2014
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It was very good I loved it soooooo much and it was quiet good and fun and undiscibubl

Love it
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More About the Author

Helen Lester has published The Wizard, the Fairy, and the Magic Chicken in 1983, in collabroation with Lynn Munsinger. They have also worked together on the hilarious Tacky the Penguin series and many other wildly funny and popular titles, including the award-winning Hooway for Wodney Wat. Helen Lester is a full-time writer who makes her home in Pawling, New York.

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