As a writer, I’m always looking for ways to improve, however I need to. Then I came across Create A Story, a children’s creative writing book in the making, and guess what? They asked me to review their early preview of the book! It was an honour to be offered something such as this! I agreed and tried it out, and let me tell you this: it was PAWSOME! Create A Story is definitely the go-to book for children between 7-11 who are new to the world of writing, but even kids who have been writing stories for a long time will benefit from it! I must admit, even I did! And, as promised, I am sharing my thoughts on the early preview book. Below are the 11 reasons why I love Create A Story!
- A writing topic is given and clearly explained so you have a better image in your head of what you are going to be writing about.
- The story is split into sections, making it easier for you to plan each part.
- Examples of main characters, villains and optional pets are shown so you have more ideas about your own characters.
- Once you choose a main character, you analyse them step by step, from their personality to the items that they are carrying. Very helpful so you know what your character is going to do in the story.
- Powerful vocabulary is used in the explanations to enrich knowledge and tricky words are underlined with meanings given beside them.
- To prompt setting descriptions, small spaces for the five senses are used so you can note down what you see, smell, taste, feel and hear.
- A space for drawing the setting can be used so that you have a clearer image of it in your head.
- The book gives examples of high-level grammar features that could be used in the story. These features are practised in short learning activities.
- At the end of the planning, a tick list is shown for you to be able to check that you have everything for your story.
- Before beginning writing, fun facts about the writing topic are given so that they can be used in the story, bringing it more to life.
- And most importantly, it makes writing fun!
Once again, I would like to say that I definitely recommend Create A Story to children writer wannabes and those who want to improve their writing! Parents can buy this book for their children as its features are hugely beneficial , and I have enjoyed writing with it! Keep an eye out for its launch very soon!
p/s: Special thanks to Andrew Massingham for honouring me with the early preview of the book!
Create A Story
Who Else But Mum!?
(A poem written by The Pawsome Lion)
~Dedicated to Mrs Mom
I still remember how you smiled at me,
And that twinkle in your eyes,
Our laughs when we had fun,
The tears of joy we shared
I still remember how you helped me up
When I fell to the floor,
Your hugs when I felt down,
Your praise when I had done well
I still remember after all these years
How kind you’ve been to me,
How great you’ve been to my brother,
How great you’ve been to my sister
And I still come to you for hugs,
For smiles, for advice, for a laugh,
Because I think,
Who else but mum,
To go to for joy!?
Who else but mum,
To go to for help!?
Who else? Who else? Who else but mum!?
And on this very special day,
I’d like to say…
To the best mother in the world!
Hey guys! Sorry I haven’t been posting anything recently. I have been SUPER busy at school! This year, I have been chosen as a Digital Leader, I am still teaching in Handwriting Club for three times a week, I am also a Junior Journalist for the school newspaper and God knows what else! 😀 So Mr Dad and Mrs Mom said that I should take a break from some activities outside of school. However, I have still been writing offline and I will be releasing the pieces that I have written on my blog. But don’t worry! I’m back now!
Yesterday, me, Little Miss Diva and Ali Bubba (Baby A wanted to change his name because he doesn’t like being called ‘Baby’ any more, even though he is only 19 months old!) decided to create our own pieces of art – Cupcake Case Flowers! To make them, we used cupcake cases, buttons, paper and some ribbons. Little Miss Diva and Ali Bubba really enjoyed making the flowers; they grinned all the way through!
If you would like to try this with your kids, follow the simple steps below ⬇️ :
- Firstly, choose three large cupcake cases and gently flatten them, making sure that they aren’t bent.
- Next, apply glue to the back of the cases and paste them onto a piece of paper.
- After that, take three smaller cupcake cases that can fit into the middle of the bigger ones, flatten them and stick them in the centre of the big cases.
- Once you have done that, choose some buttons to glue onto your flowers (different colours and sizes will make it look more attractive!)
- Afterwards, cut three pieces of green ribbon and stick them under your flowers. This will be the stem!
- Finally, flatten a small green cupcake case (one for each flower), cut it in half and stick each half on either side of the ribbon to make your leaves. Now your flower is complete!
This is a great activity for children because it can unleash their creativity, it’s fun and it’s easy! I would highly recommend this for people who have little ones at home!
Well, that’s all for today, but be sure to look out for the next post! Bye!
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