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The Little Red Pen by Janet Stevens

The Little Red Pen

by Janet Stevens, Susan Stevens Crummel

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I had mixed feelings about this story. First, I really enjoyed the font manipulations. It allowed me to easily understand who was talking and their personality. I also enjoyed the spontaneous rhyme included in the story. For example, the author writes, "The was might tumble, the floors might crumble..."
Also, the author includes some interesting onomatopoeia like "r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-o-l-l-l-l-l-ll-l-l-l-l onto the floor....." It was nice to read such a story that contained so much expression.

However, I did not care for the actual plot of the story. I was confused why the office supplies needed to grade the papers. Where was the human? And also, what was with the hamster? It all seemed very random and disjointed.

Ultimately, I did enjoy the art style. The illustrator used water colors with cartoonist style characters. ( )
  ElanaRubinstein | Mar 7, 2016 |
cute twist on the little red hen ( )
  mew034 | Nov 1, 2015 |
I thought this book was cute. I loved this book because of the illustrations. She is an amazing artist. This might be a good book during revising and editing but could also be a good shared reading for expression! ( )
  RaineyNicole | Apr 29, 2015 |
This book was alright, but there was a lot of words on each page and I felt there was so much going on from page to page that my eyes were darting everywhere. The faces of the personified school supplies were a bit creepy too. ( )
  TeresaCruz | Oct 11, 2014 |
Wonderful book to teach personification, character traits, problem resolution, expression...honestly, if you put every one of our lesson focuses and every story element in a hat this book could be used to teach it - it even works when talking about how NOT to revise/edit!
  ekbrumley | Apr 30, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 015206432X, Hardcover)

Poor Little Red Pen! She can't possibly correct a mountain of homework all by herself. Who will help her? "Not I!" says Stapler. "Not I!" says Eraser. "¡Yo no!" says Pushpin, AKA Señorita Chincheta. But when the Little Red Pen tumbles in exhaustion into the Pit of No Return (the trash!), her fellow school supplies must get themselves out of the desk drawer and work together to rescue her. Trouble is, their plan depends on Tank, the rotund class hamster, who's not inclined to cooperate. Will the Little Red Pen be lost forever?

There's no lack of trial and error, hilarious chaos, and creative problem-solving in this mission! Kids—and adults—will never see their school supplies in quite the same way again.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:16:40 -0400)

When a little red pen accidentally falls into the waste basket while trying to correct papers all by herself, the other classroom supplies must cooperate to rescue her.

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