Little Red Writing

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.

Little RedI 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
  • Idioms
  • Types of genre on the same subject
  • Compare/Contrast texts
  • Vocabulary


Dear Reader,

January 28, 2013

I love books! Actually, I love children’s books. 🙂  I have them scattered around my table, piled on the desk, stacked in a basket waiting for me to read. Sometimes the books sit there for a few minutes before I read them; others wait for weeks.

Each time I read a book, I think of an audience who might enjoy the book. It’s compelling. Sometimes I think of a particular student or teacher; other times it’s more general like a grade level or unit of study. I wonder if Katie Wood Ray has the same inclination.

As I have been reflecting on the purpose of my blogging, I realized I often visualize myself sharing the book with a particular person or group. Sometimes I visualize myself sharing the book in my session at the AllWrite!!! Summer Institute. In any case, the mini-lesson possibilities or reasons to read the book abound with whom I’m speaking.

Thus, I am going to try a different structure of sorts on my blog. I will still continue to share books, but this time, the information will be a letter format, speaking to the reader. I hope you sense me sharing the book with you as you read the entries (even if your name is not in the greeting). I want the blog to be more personal, just like I am when sharing a book with someone who I think will love it.

May you find books to connect with and enjoy!

With a smile,

Mary Helen Gensch 🙂