Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Doing & Learning
Show; Don't Tell! Secrets of Writing

Show; Don't Tell! Secrets of Writing

Fall 2004 Doing & Learning
Ages: 7 - 12 yrs.
ISBN: 0-940112-13-2
Hardcover Price: $22.95
Josephine Nobisso explains how writers of any age can create vivid images and activity in their words. The book uses warm and whimsical paintings from Eva Montanari to create a clever lion character who leads children on a fantastical lesson in written storytelling. Words twist and turn, look big and small, long and wide in ways that keep young readers interested in the language art they are being taught.

The key to Nobisso’s text is an energetic explanation of how people need to use their imaginations to choose words carefully. More specifically, the book details how to use the five senses – plus intuition – to create a tale that shows a reader what’s inside a writer’s mind. Following the playful explanations of the senses and grammar Nobisso takes the children though a step-by-step process of writing a story.

Gregory Keer   ©2004 Parents' Choice
Gregory Keer is a writer, teacher, and father of three boys. Gregg's web site is

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