PB 14:14 Day Two: Top 10 Picture Book Story Elements – Beginnings and Endings
Today is Day Two of Christie Wright Wild’s PB 14:14…I had fun yesterday, hopping around to several other blogs to read the other entries
If you are just tuning into the challenge, you can follow this link to find out all about it: http://christiewrightwild.blogspot.com/2015/02/pb-1414-in-2015-day-one-with-vivian.html
Do you ever wonder why you love certain books, while others leave you wanting more? Every book needs to be strong in certain elements in order to capture…and hold your attention.
For me, the beginning of a story – the hook that grabs me…and the ending of a story – the finish that leaves me feeling satisfied, are crucial. Love, Twelve Miles Long is a perfect example of a picture book that succeeds in both of these.
Title: LOVE, TWELVE MILES LONG
Author: Glenda Armand
Illustrator: Colin Bootman
Publisher: Lee & Low
Word Count: 1200 est.
Top 10 Element: Beginnings and Endings
This book stands out for many reasons, but the beginning absolutely grabs you.
The scene is set in a candlelit kitchen. Mother and son are enjoying a few precious moments together:
’Can I come visit you?” asked Frederick.
“No, child. It’s too far away.”
How far?” he asked.
“But you walked here, Mama.”
“Oh, it’s not far for me, she said. “The way I walk makes the journey shorter.”
“Tell me how you walk, Mama. Tell me how you make it shorter.”
As we turn each page, we discover how Frederick’s mama forgets her pain, remembers her love for him, listens, looks, hopes and prays, as each mile passes by. And finally, at the end of the book:
‘By the time Mama slipped out into the moonlit night, Frederick was asleep.
When he woke up early the next mmorning, Frederick ran outside and looked down the road he knew Mama had walked. Through his sadness he could still feel his mama’s presence. He thought about all the things she had said.
Mama had told him that there were things he could not count or measure: there were too many stars, the oceean was too wide, and mountains of corn were too high. But there was one thing he could measure. Frederick knew with all his heart that his mama’s love was twelve miles long.’
This is a book that employs a circular pattern…the ending contains references that appeared in the beginning…and for me, that makes a truly satisfying story.
I reviewed this picture book for Perfect Picture Book Friday: https://viviankirkfield.com/2015/02/13/ppbf-twelve-miles-long/
If you’d like to hop around and check out the other posts in the challenge today: http://christiewrightwild.blogspot.com/2015/02/day-2-swirl-by-swirl-spirals-in-nature.html
I’m off to enter my last three non-fiction story ideas in the Mini-Wow Rafflecopter: http://www.kristenfulton.org/mini–wow-nonficpic.html
I hope you all have a wonderful Sunday…I plan to stay inside because…guess what? IT’S SNOWING AGAIN!!!!!!
So I guess it is a perfect day for reading more PICTURE BOOKS!!!
Posted on February 15, 2015, in Beginnings and Endings, PB 14:14, Top Ten Picture Book Story Elements and tagged Christie Wild, Kristen Fulton's Mini-Wow, Love Twelve Miles Long, Story Elements: Beginnings and Endings, Writing tips. Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.