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Monday, 12 October 2015

Review: Write Back Soon!

Karen Benke, the wonderfully inspiring author behind Rip the Page! (see review here) and Leap Write In! is back with another book designed to get children (and adults) picking up their pens and pencils to write — this time to other people.

We now live in a world of instant communication. Emails. Texts. Entire messages can be sent using a 'text speak' of abbreviations and numbers. Sometimes I wonder if it's really 'gr8' or simply 'gr8ing'!

Write Back Soon! takes a stand against this quick-fire trend, encouraging us to once again enjoy what it feels like to handwrite a note, postcard or letter. To craft words that can be sent via snail mail. To touch the heart of a friend or relative with a lasting connection. As Karen Benke writes:

A handwritten letter, with its one-of-a-kind look and style, can be returned to and read (and appreciated) again and again. The giving of a note or letter is a tactile gift for both giver and receiver … It's during the formation of a letter and in the waiting for a response that we feel the wonder, anticipation, and ultimately the joy that our words are going to be 'met' by a friend.

Write Back Soon! is packed full of fun exercises, tips and cues to inspire your writing. There are also notes from some of Karen's favourite writers — from Neil Gaiman to Ava Dellaira — sharing what handwriting letters means to them. The result is not only a fabulous classroom resource, but also a great book for anyone needing a little inspiration to pick up a pen and unleash their creativity as they connect with others.

Title: Write Back Soon!
Author: Karen Benke
Publisher: Roost Books, $29.99 RRP
Publication Date: October 2015
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781611802689
For ages: 9+
Type: Activity Book, Non-Fiction

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