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Usborne - Write Your Own Story Book

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PRODUCT: Usborne - Write Your Own Story Book ( Write Your Own Story Book

DESCRIPTION: A 96-page spiral bound write-in book that helps children learn to write their own stories. Size is 240mm x 188mm. Suitable for children aged 8 years upwards.

GOOD POINTS: The Write Your Own Story Book from Usborne Books is simply fantastic for encouraging budding young authors to write their very own masterpieces.

This inspiring book is laid out in a systematic and well thought-out way to guide older children through the story writing process from start to finish, using plenty of activities to allow them to get their thoughts and ideas onto paper. The book has a hardback cover and good quality pages, and a handy concealed spiral binding enables it to lie flat on the counter top once your child has chosen their activity.

The book is divided into two main sections, 'Story Writing Section' and 'Story Writing Toolkit', with further subcategories within each that are all listed in a useful contents page at the front. 

The Story Writing Section is packed full of activities to help children plan and write their stories effectively, from guiding them through their first short story, to planning the contents and structure of their stories, and thinking about different story settings, characters, perspectives and dialogue.

Furthermore, this section provides plenty of opportunities for your child to write their own longer themed stories, offering many suggestions for settings and characters to write into the story, as well as lots of 'questions to consider' to stimulate your child's imagination. These themed stories include among others a school journal, a picture-inspired story, a fairy tale, a comic strip, a superheroes story, an animal adventure, and a whodunnit! The book is full of lined space for your child to write on, with wonderful use of coloured backgrounds and illustrations (particularly on the comic strip) to appeal to young minds and help set the scene. A nice touch is that your child can list all their completed story titles in their own contents page just inside the first section.

The second section, the Story Writing Toolkit, is dedicated to providing further advice and information to help children develop their story writing, including tips (and more activities) on choosing titles, starting and ending the story (as well as the bit in between!) and bringing the story to life through detailed and descriptive words and sentences. There is even a space for your child to keep a record of any interesting words they come across!

In our opinion, this is a really superb and highly educational 'exercise' book which not only gives children a fascinating insight into story writing and creation, but also encourages them to have a go themselves using a great range of guided themes to really engage them and get their imagination flowing. This is definitely a personal favourite...well done Usborne!

BAD POINTS: Absolutely none that we can find!

PRICE: £7.99

Available from Amazon: Usborne Write Your Own Storybook

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