Sunday, May 8, 2016

Bob The Artist

Title: Bob The Artist 
Author: Marion Deuchars 
Illustrator: Marion Deuchars  
Publisher: Laurence King Publishing
Publication Date: April 26th, 2016 
Genre/Format: Fiction/Picture Book 
GoodReads Summary: Bob the bird is just like all his friends, apart from his skinny legs. When Bob is teased, he decides to try and change himself to fit in. But little does he know where all his efforts will lead him...
Mentor Text Idea:
In a writer's never-ending quest to show and not tell, dialogue is a powerful ally. What a character says shows a lot about him or her and what he or she is thinking. After reading Bob The Artist look closely at what the characters say. Without any narration, the reader can make decisions about the cat, the owl, and the birds. Try looking close at your story and how you use dialogue. Are there times when adding dialogue can help develop your characters? Is there a place where you have a lot of narration where you can use dialogue as a way to show what the characters are thinking or feeling. Pay attention to how a character's words build a reader's understanding of your character. In non-fiction, you can use dialogue as well. You can bring non-fiction to life as well by using quotes or dialogue to replay real life events.
Snatch of Text: 
"'EEEEK! Look at those skinny legs,' said cat.
'Oooh! Look at that funny stick walk,' said owl.
'Oh! How puny your legs are!' cried the other birds."
Writing Prompts: 
Write about a time in your life when you didn't fit in. 

Write about a time in your life when 
you felt different and it didn't feel good. 

Write about a time in your life when you were 
proud of something special about yourself. 

Write a letter to a friend about something 
unique about him or her that you admire.

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