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Rufus the Writer Hardcover – Picture Book, July 14, 2015
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- Publisher : Schwartz & Wade; Illustrated edition (July 14, 2015)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 40 pages
- ISBN-10 : 038537853X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0385378536
- Reading age : 4 - 8 years
- Lexile measure : AD500L
- Grade level : Preschool - 3
- Item Weight : 13.7 ounces
- Dimensions : 9.31 x 0.32 x 10.31 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #343,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What I Loved:
The premise of RUFUS THE WRITER is adorable. I love how creatively encouraging it is for kids. The stories Rufus writers, shared in the book, are very cute and childlike. Rufus encounters many different characters, from his little sister to different friends, at his stand, and each are lovely. His little sister’s story is especially touching since it is her birthday.
Another great element to this story is the lack of money. Rufus doesn’t start the stand to make money, nor does he ask for any from his friends. Instead, he sets up a kind of barter system, exchanging his stories for things like a seashell, a kitten, etc. The story gives value to everything, not just the standard form of currency.
The illustrations are also adorable. Rufus puts on quite the snazzy outfit when he sets up his stand, and his facial expressions are perfection. There are illustrations that accompany the stories Rufus writes as well, giving each one a distinctive flair.
What Left Me Wanting More:
As much as I love Rufus’s stories, I do wish we could see more of his own. The stories take over a significant portion of the book, and some of that time could have been used to explore a little more about the author himself.
Though most of the illustrations are wonderful, some of them are drawn at awkward angles. This is more so when a landscape is involved, instead of just the characters with a white background. Overall though, the illustrations are fabulous.
This is the perfect picture for young readers who love being creative. I know I couldn’t pass up stopping at Rufus’s stand!
As I read the story, I began thinking of my future students who are both readers and writers. Rufus, gave me an incredible idea. Each of his stories were based on realia that his friends gave him or what they were playing with.
So, whether my students are learning math, social studies, language arts, or science; I can bring in artifacts and manipulatives for my students to write about. For example: if we are studying Native Americans, I can gather items such as: corn, clay bowls, arrows for the students to be inspired to write about the items, similar to what Rufus did in the story.
Pros: A celebration of creativity. This would be a great book to introduce the joy of writing to a primary grade classroom.
Cons: At first I thought Rufus’s stories were kind of silly. But a second reading made me realize they are actually very realistic to what a young boy would write.