- Taschenbuch: 352 Seiten
- Verlag: Writer's Digest Books; Auflage: New edition (August 1999)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0898799511
- ISBN-13: 978-0898799514
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 22,8 x 15,3 x 2,7 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 4.050.118 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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Children's Writer's Word Book (Englisch) Taschenbuch – August 1999
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"Children's Writer's Word Book will help you keep your vocabulary on target". -- Writer's Library
This title's unique design ensures that writers speak to their audience with a vocabulary and style they both understand and find appealing. A fast-reference guide meant to be used along with a dictionary, thesaurus and yellow pad of paper, it will help fulfill the dream of becoming a published children's writer. Highlights include: lists of specific words introduced at each of seven reading levels (K-6); a thesaurus of synonyms, annotated with reading levels; advice and tips particular to word usage for each reading level; guideline for sentence length and themes; idea generators for other stories.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
Not only are the graded word lists extremely helpful, but the short profile of each age group combined with the description of what publishers are looking for at each reading level makes for a powerful advantage when writing for children.
This book is a must-have if you are writing for children.
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First, there's the alphabetical list. You'll use that frequently. As a writer, you'll check words to be sure you're not using a 5th grade word for an "easy reader" intended for 1st graders, and so on.
The next section might be your favorite. It covers kindergarten through sixth grade. Grade by grade, you'll learn what children are studying. You'll see writing samples from the kinds of books they read at that grade level. Then, you'll see a word list covering the words typically learned in that year of school.
If you're writing a grade-specific book, especially if it's planned for curriculum use, these lists are pure gold.
The bulk of the book is even more useful. It's a thesaurus, listed alphabetically. So, if you'd like to say "chivalry" (a 6th grade word) but you're writing for second graders, you'll find "goodness" (a kindergarten word), "fairness" (1st grade), and the 2nd grade words, "daring" and "manners." One of them is likely to fit your story.
The final few pages of the book provide tips for writers. They include things like how old your protagonist should be, which genres are best (and how to write them), and a good list of taboos -- obvious and some that aren't usually mentioned -- to give your book the best opportunity to sell well.
And, of course, if you're writing books for adults, but the stories include children as characters, you'll use this book to be sure your young characters sound right for their ages.
If you're writing books for children, you simply must own a book like this. If you're writing books that include some children as characters, this is still a very useful book.
I own a couple of books like this, and -- for my writing -- this is easily the best.
It is a dictionary/thesaurus extraordinaire. Take the word "eat," for example. The book lets you know that a first-grade student would understand the synonyms bite, chew, dine and feast but that I'd need to wait until my readers hit fourth grade to use words such as consume, crunch and nibble.
Another aspect of the book I found to be very useful is the introduction that appears at the beginning of each graded word list. These pages summarize what social changes readers are undergoing at each grade level as well as what vocabulary and other subjects they're learning in the classroom. It also covers what publishers are looking for as well as a short writing sample to clearly illustrate pertinent points.
This is one of the best reference guides I ever have used.
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