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Book Review: A Beginning, A Muddle and an End: The Right Way to Write Writing 

Published December 10, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

Recommended for ages 8 and up.
  • Recommended for ages 8 and up.
Several years ago, when my 11-year-old daughter, Kate, and I began writing stories together, I perused the Fletcher Free Library for a good resource for teaching kids to write. That's when I discovered this terrific book. 

A Beginning, A Muddle and an End: The Right Way to Write Writing by Avi is the story of Avon, a snail, and his friend Edward, an ant. Delightful silliness ensues as Avon attempts to become an author. Things don't always go smoothly, such as in this interaction between the two characters:

“Wait a minute!” cried Edward. “We’ve talked a whole lot about writing, but we’ve said nothing about your grammar.”
“She was a very nice creature.”
“What about your grandpa?”
“He was nice, too.”
Edward nodded. “I suppose one’s grammar is always relative.”

This article was originally published in Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT.

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