A Top Nonfiction Series of 2012 - Booklist
Sometimes just starting to write can be overwhelming to students. This series provides a blueprint for writing and speaking assignments. In each fictional story, two children work together through the steps and activities that will appeal to the intended audience are included. The text, heavy in dialogue, explains the process, reviewing all that happened within the story. This is great supplemental material for language arts or for any class where students are required to write or present. Bibliography. Glossary. Websites. RECOMMENDED.
LIBRARY MEDIA CONNECTION, Nov/Dec 2012
Writing Builders is a six-book set ideal for children in grades 2-4. Each volume teaches young people about the basics of different types of writing. In the increasingly interconnected world, good writing and communication skills are more valuable than ever; these user-friendly guides supplement their simple instructions with colorful, hand-drawn pictures of fellow children undertaking writing projects. The story native of children discovering how to write interleaved with basic steps and handy tips makes the Writing Builders series easy to pick up and learn from. "Are you ready to practice your speeches?" asked Mr. Boscombe. "Practicing will make you more comfortable with your speech. You'll do a better job when you go in front of your audience. Try not to read your note cards. Just glance at them." The Writing Builders series is an absolutely invaluable addition to grade school children's libraries!
Children's Bookwatch, April 2012
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The Writing Builders series explains how to do different writing tasks using narrative stories. The stories are interesting enough to grab and hold the reader's attention and the details of the how-to are sufficient enough to add to the readers understanding of how to do the particular task. The concept of the narrative makes the tasks seem like something that students can do and keep it from appearing too abstract. The generous number of illustrations also adds a touch of reality and do-ability to the concepts, too. Books in this series would make a good addition to your writing craft collection. Recommended.
Arlington Independent School District, July 2012