Mentor Text: Word After Word


Yay for Sunday-Fun Day & the mentor text linky is one of the highlights of my week.. my wishlist is growing exponentially due to all of the wonderful books shared. A big thank you goes out to Amanda & Stacia for this wonderful linky!

This week's topic is back to language arts books. I'm going to share one that I hadn't read until about a year ago. Word After Word After Word by Patricia MacLachlan was a reading assignment for an upper elementary language arts class I was in and I loved it. 

The book follows a group of children who have a writer visit their classroom for a period of time. Throughout Ms. Mirabel's stay, the children learn to understand the power of written word. Throughout the book, there are so many noteworthy passages and quotes to ponder and cherish. A part of the reading assignment I had in college was to collect quotes throughout the book and that wasn't hard at all. Here is just one quote from this book:
"I, myself, write to change my life, to make it come out the way I want it to. But other people write for other reasons: to see more closely what it is they are thinking about, what they may be afraid of. Sometimes writers write to solve a problem, to answer their own question. All these reasons are good reasons. And that is the most important thing I'll ever tell you. Maybe it is the most important thing you'll ever hear. Ever."
This past spring I shared this book with a young lady who had been struggling with reading. I got a kick out of her trips across the hall to my room several times a day to share pieces of the book that spoke to her. The book is a quick read, large print and small pages. I attribute the drive of this student to continue to pursue "bigger books" and her "want" to read attitude as stemming from reading this wonderful book!

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Happy reading and happy shopping! I know I've been anxiously awaiting a big sale to help clear out my wishlists!


  1. This looks like a wonderful book! I love Patricia MacLachlin. I must add this one to my summer reading list. What a great message...

    Have a great week,
    Sarah @ Hoots N Hollers

  2. This sounds like a very interesting book!

    Thanks for sharing! Found you through the Mentor Text Linky!

    Koonce’s Korner

  3. Yeah! Finally, a book I already own. I purchased this one at our book fair this fall. I read it, but haven't used it with the kids, yet. I want to read it to them when we start personal narratives next year.


  4. I've never heard of this one...I'm putting it on my list! Thanks so much for a great share!


  5. I found this book at a bookstore...sat down in the aisle and read the whole thing. Loved it! One of my favorite fictional teachers.

    Chickadee Jubilee

  6. I'm so glad you love this linky! I do too, but it's getting expensive!! ;O)

    I have not heard of this book, but I love this author! I'm so glad that you shared it! It sounds like a great book!

    Thanks for linking up! I hope you have a great week!
    Collaboration Cuties

  7. This book looks AWESOME! I haven't read it before - but I am definitely going to add it to my ever-growing list of books-to-buy :)
    Thanks for sharing!

    Joy in the Journey


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