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Words With Wings

Grimes, Nikki

(Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Words With Wings
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Gabby daydreams to tune out her parents' arguments, but when her parents divorce and she begins a new school, daydreaming gets her into trouble. Her mother scolds her for it, her teacher keeps telling her to pay attention, and the other kids tease her...until she finds a friend who also daydreams and her teacher decides to work a daydreaming-writing session into every school day. With a notebook "thick with daydreams, " Gabby grows more confident about herself and her future. This verse novel poignantly celebrates the power of writing and the inspiration a good teacher can deliver.
Published: Honesdale, Penn. : WordSong, c2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781590789858
1590789857
Branch Call Number: J GRI
Characteristics: 84 pages ;,20 cm

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Jan 25, 2014
  • joywolf83 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

To say I was skeptical of this book is putting it lightly. A book written in verse....? Ugh.

And I got it and said well at least it's really short (80 pages) and the covers pretty darn cool okay I'll give it a shot. So I start reading of this girl whose parents divorce and she moves to a new school and has problems with her habit of daydreaming. And I'm intraced by her voice. Beautifully rhythmic and illustrative rich in her words.

I'll give you a sample.....:
Explain this please
Mom names me for a
Creature with wings then wonders
what makes my thoughts fly

Students should be captivated by her simple, easy, yet thought provoking way she describes things in a poetic form. Plus I love the way that the teacher worked with her to stimulate her creativity and still help her keep on task. Her relationship with her mom is both realistic and tender. A sweet short read that makes you think. Good job Nikki Grimes!

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