Saturday, August 22, 2009
A Book by Mordicai Gerstein
Once upon a time there was a little girl who lived in a book. When the book is closed, the family sleeps, but when it is opened stories are told. The little girl in the book asks one day what their story is about...and each of the family members (animals included!) tell her about their story. But the girl doesn't have a story, so she sets off on a journey to find one.
As she travels throughout the various pages she learns of different types of stories, such as science fiction, fairy tales, historical fiction, mysteries, etc. At the end, she finally realizes what she will do about her situation...she will write her own story!
What I Thought:
What an interesting book concept! This book is simply charming. At one point a goose informs the girl that she had better find her story or the readers will close the book! The girl is surprised at the concept of "readers" and the goose directs her attention up and the "readers" startle her. So cute.
This book is a wonderful way to teach kids different types of story genres and also encourages them to write their own story. The illustrations are fitting for the book, there are many pages where there is minimal art with much white space, but that shows the characters progressing along the story.
Most of the text is dialogue between characters, shown in dialogue bubbles with some "narrative" text.
Overall, this is a fantastic book that is sure to be a hit in schools and school age storytimes this year.
Want to see more? Check it out on Amazon: A Book by Mordicai Gerstein.