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While I am a believer in all things Regie Routman, I had a difficult time with the organization of this book. Her ideas flew off the pages but weren't arranged in a reader-friendly way. I found myself loving things she said but wasn't always able to quickly find them for deeper consideration. That being said, her thoughts on how to talk to children about their writing is perfect. She has that 'real' quality about her conversation that isn't contrived and artificial. She is an inspiration to the ...more
An enthusiastic approach to teaching writing in elementary schools. She makes strong emotional appeals to teaching writing well instead of teaching to tests (which is actually more insightful than I've made it sound), and the included DVD and lesson plans in the appendices provide practical examples of the theory she includes. An excellent primer on elementary writing pedagogy.