Sam, the Library Mouse, lives in the reference section and reads all the genres in the school library. One day he decides to write his own miniature book – a biography. His next is a mystery, then a full chapter book. He sneaks them onto the shelves in the correct library section and slowly develops “fans”. The librarian invites him to do an author reading but Sam knows he can’t. He solves the problem by making a pile of blank miniature books. Then he wraps a Kleenex box with a sign saying, “Meet the Author”. When students look in, they see their own face in the mirror he placed in the box.
Daniel Kirk, Abrams, Books, ©2007, ISBN 13: 978-0-8109-9346-4
Creating Your Own Miniature Books
Before reading the book to the students, design a decorated Kleenex box with a “meet the author” sign and a mirror glued inside. At the critical point in the story, allow a student to look into the box to “meet the author.” Continue the story, but when it is complete, place some story idea strips in the box from which the students can draw. Ask students to use the idea they drew to start their own “mini masterpiece.” (Of course, if necessary they could suggest their own.) A pattern for a very tiny book (use 11 X 17 paper) is available with the pdf of ideas.
Archy and Mehitabel
Archy was a cockroach that “lived” in the office of the newspaper writer Don Marquis. This lovely character declared, “Expression is the need of my soul.” Every day he wrote free-verse poetry by diving head first onto the keys of Don Marquis’ typewriter in the night to describe a cynical cockroach’s eye view of the world. Because he can’t do upper case or punctuation (because he can’t hold down the shift key) all his “poems” are written in lower case without punctuation. Included with the pdf is a copy of the very first “article” he wrote when the character was introduced to the public.
Archy’s enemy is Mehitabel the reincarnated alley cat. Students could try their hand at writing from the point of view of a typing mouse.
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