October 13, 2014
Little Red Writing
by Joan Holub
is a must-have book to encourage narrative writing in young children. From the beginning, my attention was captured. Like a mystery, clues are interspersed throughout the story. Melissa Sweet’s
mixture of fonts, mediums, and cartoon frames create added action and intensity to a rather predictable fairy tale. As a mentor text, you will be able to teach story elements while Little Red is exploring her story. As a fractured fairy tale, this book creates a great compare/contrast lesson with the actual fairy tale. It is an example of how children can also gain ideas for their own stories from books.
The play on words is brilliant. Each scene, short but with depth, creates the opportunity for discussion about narrative basics, tension, balanced description, and focus. The element of surprise brings a twist to a rather known fairy tale.
I must say, I wondered if Ruth Ayres had collaborated with Joan Holub. At the end, Little Red’s teacher encourages her to “Write On!”, a phrase I hear Ruth extending to us all.
Have fun reading this tale!
Savorings for reading and in writing for Little Red Writing:
- Story elements
- Types of genre on the same subject
- Compare/Contrast texts