About two weeks ago, my friend Mary Lee posted a review of a brand spanking new alphabet book, TAKE AWAY the A, by Michael Escoffier. Mary Lee said,
"You will want this book. I guarantee it.And then, as if that wasn't enough, Mary Lee went on to say, "Need a quote for a slide in your word study/vocabulary presentation?" And she shared a terrific quote about the connection between vocabulary and concept development.
Best. Alphabet Book. Ever.
This is the kind of mentor text that makes you want to try writing this way...right NOW.
Here's a taste:
"Without the A
the BEAST is BEST.
Well, not only do I LOVE alphabet books, but I actually was doing a vocabulary presentation the next week. I needed that book.
But it's not even actually out yet.
So I went over to Year of Reading and commented, "I am doing a vocabulary presentation next week! On Friday! I NEED this book!!!!!!!! NOW!!!!!!"
About ten minutes later I got a text from Mary Lee. "How bad do you want it? I can bring it to Colorado today and you can come pick it up at the airport." That very day she was headed to Denver.
I wanted it. I wanted it badly.
No actually, really, I NEEDED it. I needed that book for my vocabulary workshop.
And so we made arrangements to meet at the airport. And I drove to the airport, 30 minutes away, during rush hour.
And met Mary Lee at the baggage department.
And got the book (also got to visit for a few minutes while we waited for her ride, which was definitely an added bonus).
And shared it at my workshop.
Then put it in an envelope to send back to her.
Because I love books.
And I really did need it.
But some people might think I'm just a teeny bit crazy.
That's a great story - about books, and about friends.
Loved the story….and can't wait for the book. I. Need. That. Book. Well, at least you and Mary Lee make me pretty sure I do.
This book sounds fun. How perfect that Mary Lee had it ready and waiting to handoff in time for your workshop! It was Karma- you need that book!
"A teeny bit of an addiction..." You made me smile and know I am not alone. What a terrific story to share with students - the power of the book is strong and the connection between readers is great. Thanks for sharing your slice of life.
Doesn't sound crazy to me...a person needs the tools of their trade! :-)
Ahhh...the things we will do for our books!
That's a great story! I love the way Web 2.0 is allowing regular folks to connect with published authors!
I love this story!
I love YOU!
I love being a fellow Crazy Book Gal!
I want to see your vocabulary presentation. Can I come?
I want to see your vocabulary presentation. Can i come?
Wonderful story. How great that Mary Lee was able to hand off the book and that you met her and then had the book to share. Sounds like a fabulous mentor test for sure.
I guess I NEED it now too! I love alphabet books especially clever ones like this. Absolutely love that you shared it between friends and now with us.
It was serendipity, how perfect! The stars aligned to make this happen, of course you did have to work to get it (driving in rush hour traffic), but what a small price to pay. I know I will be looking for this book when it comes out.
What a fun little story! What perfect timing! What great friends! What book love! (I think I need this book too!) So glad you shared!
Love these words from your post. "Because I love books. And I really did need it." This book crazy gal will be on the lookout for this book. How serendipitous that Mary Lee was headed to Denver.
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