Sunday, April 5, 2009

Pick of the Week: Word Builder

Word Builder by Ann Whitford Paul, illustrated by Kurt Cyrus (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2009)

Lovers of words and construction will be delighted to see the two concepts united in Word Builder by Ann Whitford Paul. This construction project begins with taking twenty-six letters and building words. From words we build sentences, add punctuation, then more sentences...and we frame those sentences into paragraphs, adding more and more...and eventually we have constructed "a whole world of book." This would be a great picture book to use for discussing print awareness and prompting a writing project for early elementary-aged students. Younger children may just love it simply for the large-format, bold illustrations of construction. Share this with a young child and maybe along the way you'll be building (pun-intended) a future writer!

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