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MG Blog: Why I Write

Mighty-Girl wrote this page earlier in the week, about why she creates books. I thought it would make a great blog post. My transcript of her discussion is below the scanned page.

Why I Write Books by Mighty-Girl (age six)

“I write books so children and grownups can think there in the book or dream of there in the book i write my books with words so they can under stand the book’s and what they mean and also so they under stand with out writing you would not really understand what it means. I wrote this so you under stand how storys work.

diskushen writen by Mighty-Girl”

Contents of a Child’s Bed

I really don’t know how my daughters sleep. No matter how many times I declutter their beds, within a day or two they’re back to being a complete mess. Here is what Mighty-Girl’s bed looked like today:

MG's bed

This is what was under the pillow:

Under MG's pillow

She sneakily writes stories in bad light after she’s sent to bed. I used to read late when I was supposed to be asleep. It’s what children do, but I really need to put MG and DG in separate rooms so they stop disturbing each other!

I found this summary of Winnie’s Amazing Pumpkin:

Winnie's Amazing Pumpkin

“Book called Winnie’s Amazing Pumpkin yoused magic a pumpkin grue big and shared it with the wholl town then turned it into a helecocter”

I found this start of Hansel and Gretel (there’s a book version I wanted to photograph but I couldn’t find where she’d put that one, obviously not in bed!)

Hansel and Gretel

“Once upon a time there lived a step mum a dad a boy called hansel and a girl called gretel. they were very pour so the wicked step mum told the dad we must go to the forest and leve the children there the farther said no but soon he said ok lit’s do it so they did but the children were a wake and herd so Hansel went out and got peples.”

I also found a complete version of Jack and the Beanstalk, here is the first page:

Jack and the Beanstalk

“Once there lived a boy called Jack he was paw he hat to sell his cow daysy he saw a man the man arsct Jack if the cow was for sail Jack said yes.”

Having a child who is good at writing, you don’t actually realise how good until you see writing by others of the same age. To me, it’s just her writing. Her teacher did say it was like that of a much older child in her parents’ evening. The size of her writing can be erratic, because she concentrates on writing in cursive, and she needs to work on her punctuation (and spelling!) but I do think she is pretty awesome (with the great writing or not!)

I’ve pulled out all the books, and papers, but left the soft toys. I still don’t know how she sleeps! Destructo-Girl’s bed is just filled with soft toys. And the occasional felt tip pen which destroys all the sheets and covers *cry* Aargghh, kids! 😉

[Word count: 409; November word count: 2,538]

The Magic Finger

MG writes everywhere

MG has been writing again. To be honest, she never stops. She started writing a weekend journal two weeks ago which she kept up until yesterday – she might go back to it but when I asked her about writing it she said “You just don’t understand!” so I’ll stick to leaving her to it 😉

She’s also been writing her own version of The Magic Finger over the last week. I’ve read a synopsis of the book online but I can’t remember the detail so I’m not sure how much of what she’s writing is directly from the story or her imagination but her writing is amazing me again.

So far this story is spread over eight sides of densely packed A5. Her writing is much improved even in the six weeks since she wrote The Lonely Bear, although I think I ought to find her some extra spelling work – I don’t normally do any extra-curricular work because both my girls just learn so much from their own interests but MG loves books of words so it shouldn’t be too hard to leave something around for her to pick up on.

I won’t put the whole book up this time, but here are the first two pages (spelling errors and all – although she’s learning more and more as you can see from the first four words!)

Once upon a time there lived a girl called Eleanor. Her friend Beth came to her house Beth played with my doll first i dided not mined. But when she played with it four a long time i did not like it at all. then i poot my magic finger on Beth. (When i poot my magic finger on Beth a red flash when I did it)

When Beth came to a sleap-over at my house she started to turn into a dolly it went quicer and quicer. in the morning Beth said why do i look like a dolly? “said Beth” maby bucos you wer playing with a dolly “Beth said Eleanor,” well i was playing with a dolly “said Beth.” this secend Beths legs turned silcy nitied legs. and her arms wer turning silcy and her eyes wer buttens. her nose was a butten is well. Beths mowth was nitied red. She had a silcy dress on her.

Soon her hol body was buttened silcy nitied on her body. She was like that for ten day’s. the next day was saterday and Beth was still a dolly. on saterday Beth came to my House she played with a difrant toy she played with a robot insted. the robot was shiny and red. when Beth went home i played with the toy robot. Soon Beth was a human agan she was happy that she was normle again. But when Beth came to my house again and she played with my toy robot for a long time i sor red and i poot the magic finger on Beth and when Beth went bac home she started to turn into a robot. When Beth woc up she said why do i look like a robot. on monday Beth came to my house at my house Beth was still a robot. Beth disidid that she would play with a difrant toy bucos it werct bifor this time.

I was going to stop at the first two pages above, but there’s a lovely description of how Beth turns into a toy soldier too:

When Beth went to sleap she startied to turn in to a solger. at bed time when Beth was asleap she startied to hav a solger hat. that was black and then she started to hav a red gacit. and black boots with black tasils. and a yelloe bit at the top. with red trousers with a yelloe belt. with a black tea shirt with silver buttens. and a red bit at the top of the long black hat.

(MG uses ‘g’ instead of ‘j’ frequently, something that needs to be worked on. ‘gacit’ is therefore ‘jacket’. The only word I needed to check with her was ‘nitied’, which is ‘knitted’ but ‘disidid’ (decided), ‘werct’ (worked) and ‘bifor’ (before) took me a while too!)

It’s at this point that Beth’s mum suggests to Beth that Eleanor has a magic finger so Beth goes to teach her friend a lesson – by sitting her on a chair and telling her not to do it again! It was very hard not to but Eleanor stopped using the magic finger, and next time Beth visits they see a magic shoe and a magic ring! I’m very excited to find out what happens next with the two friends, and in reading all the descriptions that MG is adding. Plus, I love how she’s starting to use punctuation in her writing too.

I have no idea if this is average for a 6-and-a-quarter year old, but it seems amazing to me (of course!) I’ve watched her writing most of the story and it’s all coming from her head even if it’s a memory of something she’s already read which makes her descriptions even more wonderful to read (for me!)

I see a lot of blog posts on how to encourage your children to write. I haven’t a clue on how to give any advice on that because I probably need something on how to stop your child writing. MG was writing in her book whilst walking to school one day this week! Every child is different. MG writes. It’s her passion, and it’s a delight for me to go along for the ride…

[I’ll add a picture of the actual text later, but my camera card is full so I need to clear it off before I can take pictures and I’ve just not got round to it!]

Once aponer time #5

Continuing the serialisation of Mighty-Girl’s picture book: the final pages of The Lonely Bear.

The Lonely Bear, page 10

The Lonely Bear, page 8

The Lonely Bear, page 9

The Lonely Bear, page 9

The Lonely Bear, back cover

The Lonely Bear, back cover

To say I’m proud is something of an understatement. The length of this writing for a just-turned six year old is amazing (in my opinion!), there’s over 360 words even excluding all title, character lists etc.

Mighty-Girl approached this work entirely on her own initiative. The only input I had was when she asked me to spell a couple of words (“curious” and “their” – I got some of the their/there/they’re out of context though so incorrect use is probably my fault!) and she only let me read it when she was ready.

I’d like to give huge thanks to Clara Vulliamy who you can see is a huge influence in this work (Martha in this story is named after Clara’s Martha Bunny) and also I can see a lot of similarities to David Melling characters too!

Finally: exciting news! The Lonely Bear is going to be animated…

lonelybear-600px

Once aponer time #4

Continuing the serialisation of Mighty-Girl’s picture book: pages six and seven of The Lonely Bear.

The Lonely Bear, page 6

The Lonely Bear, page 6

The Lonely Bear, page 7

The Lonely Bear, page 7

Come back tomorrow for the final installment!

 

Once aponer time (an aside)

It’s two-for-the-price-of-one today as along with the third installment of The Lonely Bear I just couldn’t resist sharing something else MG has just written. She decided she hated it so tore it in half, and it’s had water dripped on it too so I’ve typed it up after the pictures.

Witch Story, page 1

Witch Story, page 2

once aponaer time they livd in a carssle a kwen and to prinsesis carld Rosie and Sinder. But muther did not no that sinder was a witch. it startid at night time wen the muther put them to bed and sed good night childrun and when thear mumy gos to slape the bad witch gos to her witch touer evree single night.

Corrected text: Once upon a time there lived in a castle a queen and two princesses called Rosie and Sinder. But mother did not know that Sinder was a witch. It started at nighttime when the mother put them to bed and said “Good night, children,” and when their mummy goes to sleep the bad witch goes to her witch tower every single night.

I find this piece of work astonishing for a six year old. It just seems so mature? Maybe she copied it from somewhere but it’s not familiar to me. If any readers recognise it, please let me know, I’m really curious as to whether it’s something she’s memorised and altered or just her own interpretation of many things she’s read.

I’d love to know more about this story, but I don’t think MG wants to continue it!

Once aponer time #3

Continuing the serialisation of Mighty-Girl’s picture book: pages four and five of The Lonely Bear.

The Lonely Bear, page 4

The Lonely Bear, page 4

The Lonely Bear, page 5

The Lonely Bear, page 5

Come back tomorrow for pages six and seven!

 

Once aponer time #2

Continuing the serialisation of Mighty-Girl’s picture book: pages two and three of The Lonely Bear.

The Lonely Bear, page two

The Lonely Bear, page 2

The Lonely Bear, page 3

The Lonely Bear, page 3

Come back tomorrow for pages four and five!

 

Once aponer time #1

I am a very proud mum at the moment. Mighty-Girl has always loved writing and creating her own books. Often these are ‘schoolwork’ that she makes up or colouring books that she draws herself but this week she was especially inspired and created a full storybook.

I should point out that no one else had input into her book. She chose the paper and folded it (the original is three A4 sheets folded together), thought up every part of it herself, wrote and illustrated on her own terms and timeline. She did it over two days: one afternoon & evening, and one morning.

I also want to point out that Mighty-Girl turned six at the end of February so is not quite six and two months.

I can see things that she’s picked up in school in her writing, specifically the list of characters and the setting that she’s written at the start! I don’t know if this is based on a story she’s heard but it is her story and an extention of one she started last summer.

Some of the characters have changed – the bee and frog have disappeared and a rabbit (or two) appeared – but it’s the same idea that’s been in her head perculating.

MG has also dedicated the book to Clara Vulliamy, you’ll see why as the story progresses! Clara’s books inspire so much creative play in this house and I’m more than proud of my girl, not only for her perserverence in completing her work, but for knowing who inspires her too.

I shared one page on twitter yesterday, and it was suggested I serialise the work. So, I introduce you to “The Lonely Bear”, serialised in five parts…

The Lonely Bear, front cover

The Lonely Bear, front cover
The odd white patches are because I’m trying to clean up the scan, badly!

The Lonely Bear, inside front cover

The Lonely Bear, inside front cover
Title, setting and character list

The Lonely Bear, page 1

The Lonely Bear, page 1

Come back tomorrow for pages two and three!

 

 

Red Riding Hood and the Sweet Little Wolf by Rachael Mortimer and Liz Pichon

Red Riding Hood and the Sweet Little Wolf: Rachael Mortimer & Liz Pichon (Hodder Children's Books, 2012)

Red Riding Hood and the Sweet Little Wolf: Rachael Mortimer & Liz Pichon (Hodder Children’s Books, 2012)

The story follows the Red Riding Hood plot from the wolf view-point. Sweet Little Wolf is sent out by her parents to get dinner (one onion, two potatoes, one tender and juicy little girl…) but gets sidetracked by listening to Red Riding Hood’s fairy tales and dressing up in Grandma’s lovely pink nightgown! Red Riding Hood finds Sweet Little Wolf snoring and screams, so a woodcutter runs in to help. But all ends happily with Red Riding Hood writing a nice letter to Mr and Mrs Wolf.

Interview with DG about the story:

Me: What did you like best?
DG: The sweet little wolf. When she dressed up. The little girl had lots of apples.
Me: What didn’t you like?
DG: Mummy and Daddy wolf. They were naughty.
Me: Is this a good book?
DG: Yes!

This book is worth having for the illustrations and the focus on writing lists and letters – great encouragement for early school-age children – you could do some lovely writing projects based on this book as a starting point.

Disclaimer: We were sent a copy of Red Riding Hood and the Sweet Little Wolf by Hachette Childrens Books for review. No other financial reward was given and the opinions are my own. I was not asked to write this post.