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.