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Word After Word After Word Hardcover – May 18, 2010
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This book is unique in that I think it will appeal to anyone grade 2-4. This one stands out as a big kid story told for smaller kids, and would be perfect as a class read aloud; especially if you were starting work on poetry. If you do family read alouds - this would be great because a wide variety of ages could take different things from it. A big recommend.
"The book, "Word After Word After Word" by Patricia Maclachlan is a great book for budding writers.
"When Ms. Mirabel visits Lucy, Henry, Evie, Russell and May in their fourth grade class, she brings with her a whole new way of using words to describe life, and as the kids learn to express their thoughts in words and poems, they find themselves looking at their own lives differently. From getting the kids to write about a new baby to them writing about a mom with cancer, this book is the perfect remedy to every writing problem.
"My favorite part was when Evie thinks of a fake name for her neighbor Sister Mary Grace in the middle of the book: Sister Sassy Demello - because I also enjoy making up names.
"My favorite poem was the one by Russell, about his dog who died, because my dog died, too, and I understand how his pain. Also, I enjoyed Patricia Maclachlan's detailed descriptions of Ms. Mirabel's colorful and funny clothes."
But this slight book read as inauthentic to me. The characters didn't seem like any of the fourth graders I've known, taught, and loved over the years, even my little ones who have wanted to bring their writer's notebooks out to recess each day. How the students in Miss Cash's class spoke and, especially, what they wrote, read more like the words of college educated adults, not real human children.
Beautiful poetry fills this book, but not for one minute did I think that the children in that class would have actually written those words.
There is value in this story. The language is lovely. The children are kind to each other. The spirit behind it is well-meaning as all get-out. And I will still read it to my class.
I just wish that Patricia MacLachlan had made this more about the real, and less about the unreal. (Read it and you'll get the reference.)
But try it, you might like it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This story centers on a group of 4th graders who learn the power of words through lessons from a famous writer. Read morePublished 12 months ago by FantasyGirl
This is a great book to read to students at the beginning of the year to get students excited about writing. I'll be reading it to my 4th graders for sure. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Kindle Customer
A well known author, Ms. Mirabel, comes to a fourth grade classroom. She shares her love of writing with the students and inspires them to write. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Sunshine on a Rainy Day
Over the weekend, I received the unexpected present from a friend of Word After Word After Word by Patricia MacLachlan. My friend said the book looked like it belonged to me. Read morePublished 18 months ago by NebraskaIcebergs
I really liked this book and I am going to use it in my classroom.Published 23 months ago by Katie Hildreth
Good book I love it and it is a good book for all. She is a great author too. Love itPublished on April 11, 2014 by c
I liked this book because of its simplicity and complexity all at the same time.
Words are powerful. To the writer of them and to the reader of them.
This book is unrealistic. The "4th graders" in the book act and write more like adults than children. Read morePublished on October 21, 2013 by AlyssaK