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Friday, May 13, 2011

Not Revising?

As students discussed Gloria Rand's revisions to A Pen Pal for Max this week, they were interested in the changes her editor suggested and how those were incorporated into the final manuscript. From name and word adjustments to four title changes to ideas about how to make the story better for young readers, students' curiosity was piqued.

One person raised an important question. Have there been any books when the editor suggested no changes? There was silence as the children and I contemplated that. What about that bull book you read to us last year? asked that same person. Do you mean The Story of Ferdinand? Yes, that's the one. That book could not have needed any revisions!

I love the insights children give. Their perspectives give me such insights!

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