Fox’s Garden Book Review and Giveaway!

I first fell in love with the Enchanted Lion Books Stories Without Words Series back in 2012 when I found The Chicken Thief at my local library. I then began seeking out the books and since have enjoyed many of the titles. The latest book, to be released on September 16th 2014 Fox’s Garden, by Princesse Camcam has not disappointed, as it is every bit as beautiful and full of story as the other books in this series.

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What I find so fascinating about these books is their ability to hold onto the reader through the illustrations and to take you deep within the story of its characters. In the Fox’ Garden we are taken into a world not digitally created, but carefully crafted with the use of paper cutouts and lighting that was painstakingly captured through photography. You have to see it to believe its beauty.

There are so many possibilities with these books and their uses in writing workshop. Wordless books allow the reader to frame the text in their own way and tell the story with their own interpretation. The use of questioning comes easily with a wordless book. There were many questions that came to mind as I read the Fox’s Garden that I am eager to ask my students. Each may have a different answer, creating different stories and ideas.

The Fox’ Garden demonstrates the cruelty and kindness within the characters through facial expressions and gestures. As students create their own characters, these kinds of details can be replicated in their own illustrations, deepening a written story.

When using storytelling as a catalyst for writing, wordless books allow students to have endless conversations about what they determine the pictures are saying. This kind of discussion takes the pressure off of students to have their own story and allows them to tell someone else’s. This is a great way to break into talking about writing with a reluctant group of writers.

The Fox’s Garden has surprises throughout the story that hold the reader’s attention. This kind of detail is an ideal mentor to help draw out more style and voice from young writers.

I hope you will give wordless books a try as a mentor text during your workshop time. I think it opens many doors for discussion, questioning and thinking about the idea of story on a deeper level. I look forward to more publications from the Stories Without Words Series in coming years. Enchanted Lion Books has graciously offered a giveaway of the Fox’s Garden to one lucky reader. See below for more details.

Lani is the winner of the newest publication by Enchanted Lion Books, Fox’s Garden! Congrats Lani

Here is what Lani had to say in her comment, “Love the idea of giving students a story waiting to be told!”

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION:

  • This giveaway is for a copy of Fox’s Garden.  Many thanks to Enchanted Lion Books for donating a copy for one reader.
  • For a chance to win this copy of Fox’s Garden, please leave a comment about this post by Wednesday, September 17th at 11:59 p.m. EDT. I’ll use a random number generator to pick the winner, whose name I will announce at the bottom of this post, by Friday, September 19th.
  • Please be sure to leave a valid e-mail address when you post your comment, so I can contact you to obtain your mailing address if you win.  From there, my contact at Enchanted Lion Books will ship your book out to you.  (NOTE: Your e-mail address will not be published online if you leave it in the e-mail field only.)