Monday, January 28, 2008
Another gift idea for that narcissistic librarian friend of yours, or writer friend. Library Mouse, by Daniel Kirk, is about a mouse named Sam who lives in a library. At night he enjoys reading the books in the library. After a while he decides he wants to try writing a book himself. He writes several and correctly shelves them in the library (pretty good for a mouse). The librarians and patrons want to meet this budding author, but Sam is too shy to interact with humans. Instead he decides to encourage everyone to find the author in him or herself.
It's an inspirational book that you can use to begin exercises in story writing with your kids. You can follow the same steps the mouse takes to create short, simple books. If you want to inspire your child's artistic side, try The Dot, by Peter H. Reynolds.