Monday, May 14, 2018

"Ana and Adam Build an Acrostic" - a bookwrap


This is a form of poetry where the first or last letters of each line create a name, word, or phrase. You can find these words by looking 
vertically at the beginning or end of the lines. 


Authored by Victoria Peterson-Hilleque
Illustrated by Winifred Barnum-Newman

Ages:  7-10
Grade Level:  2+
Publisher : Norwood House Press

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About the book

There are many forms of poetry to choose from when creating a piece of poetry. Acrostic poems that are featured in our book today are one kind that kids love to create.  Ana and Adam learn to implement this style and have lots of fun doing it.

The storyline is very relatable to the target audience and I am sure kids will be inspired to go off and practice writing Acrostics all on their own after reading the book. The duo showcases the process  that bring success to both blossoming poets.

The kids use familiar subjects to compose their poems,  such as Adam's mom pink notebook he found at the bottom of the closet, his uncle Darryl who is on his mother's side of the family, and friends that both they have, Stewart and Gloria.  The kids learn to  brainstorm words and phrases about their subjects.  If they implement idea casting then this makes building an acrostic so much easier. 

The back pages include information about writing your own acrostic poems and they cite books and websites to utilize if you want to go deeper into the process.  The illustrations are colourful and vibrant and they enrich the story greatly.  There are other books in the series to check out also. I recommend "Ana and Adam Build an Acrostic" and suggest that it would be a great addition to a classroom or in a school library.

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!!!!!

About the author

Victoria Peterson-Jilleque lives with her family in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  She has a master's degree in English literature from the University of St. Thomas and a master's of fine arts in poetry from Hamline University.

About the illustrator 

Winnifred Barnum-Newman is a painter, sculptor, and designer.  

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