Thrice Told Tales: Three Mice Full of Writing Advice

Thrice Told Tales Three Mice Full of Writing Advice Three Blind Mice Three Blind Mice See how they run No See how they can make all sorts of useful literary elements colorful and easy to understand Can one nursery rhyme explain the secrets of the unive

Three Blind Mice Three Blind Mice See how they run No See how they can make all sorts of useful literary elements colorful and easy to understand Can one nursery rhyme explain the secrets of the universe Well, not exactly but it can help you understand the difference between bildungsroman, epigram, and epistolary.From the absurd to the wish I d thought of that clever,Three Blind Mice Three Blind Mice See how they run No See how they can make all sorts of useful literary elements colorful and easy to understand Can one nursery rhyme explain the secrets of the universe Well, not exactly but it can help you understand the difference between bildungsroman, epigram, and epistolary.From the absurd to the wish I d thought of that clever, writing professor Catherine Lewis blends Mother Goose with Edward Gorey and Queneau, and the result is learning a whole lot about three not so helpless mice, and how to fine tune your own writing, bildungsroman and all.If your writing is your air, this is your laughing gas That s a metaphor, friends.

  • ó Thrice Told Tales: Three Mice Full of Writing Advice ✓ Catherine Lewis Joost Swarte
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  1. Catherine Lewis worked as an emergency medical technician and police officer while honing her writing skills She now teaches creative writing at Purchase College and lives in New York City Her first novel, Dry Fire, was for adults Postcards to Father Abraham is her debut young adult novel.

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  1. Lewis, C 2013 Thrice told tales Three mice full of writing advice Ill by J Swarte New York Simon Schuster Atheneum 144 pp ISBN 978 1 4169 5784 3 Hardcover 16.99.Generally I do not read or even see other reviews of books until after my reviews are sent to MRJ This review is exceedingly rare because I decided to review it AFTER reading the review in Horn Book July 15, by J Lu , which I think totally missed the point and the audience of this delightful dictionary of literary terms that belongs in h [...]


  2. Thrice Told Tales was full of excellent writing advice, told extremely creatively and entirely through the medium of the old rhyme Three Blind Mice Unlike other books which attempt to explain various English writing and literary terms, this guide was both interesting and to the point The book is an excellent resource for writers to have on hand, as well as a quick source of ideas and story problem fixes.


  3. This book wasn t what I thought When I borrowed it, I didn t see the bit about writing advice But in saying that, it wasn t as boring as I thought a book like this would be I liked the idea of using the nursery rhyme as a way to show writing tools and since there was still plot I found it fairly interesting.



  4. Great book Lovely idea to use the telling of a story to introduce the conventions of writing A great resource for teaching.


  5. Fantastic and hilarious at points I think all high school English students should have this book and I only say high school because there is some mature content Loved it.


  6. Zach BassoDr ZuckerJanuary 4 2018English 9Once twice thrice told talesOnce Twice Thrice Told Tales by Catherine Lewis is a book about grammar, written by a teacher who created this for her students One reason that I decided to choose this book was the title, Once Twice Thrice Told Tales sounded very interesting, I didn t know what Thrice was and I really wanted to see what it was Once I started reading it, I realised how helpful this book really is Everyone should read this book to get better at [...]


  7. This is a fantastic reference book for literary minded teens The premise is simple the author has compiled an encyclopedia of literary terms and explained each of them using an extended version of the nursery rhyme Three Blind Mice Lewis s examples are clear and humorous, and she even tackles collegiate terms like metafiction and intertextuality, which was delightfully surprising Given the juvenility of the subject matter, i had expected this book to be appropriate for middle grade readers, but [...]


  8. This book is a cross between writing advice and an encyclopedia of writing terms, most of which I ve already heard of style, plot, etc and some oddballs bildungsroman The use of Three Blind Mice to illustrate each writing concept is clever, although I don t feel compelled to buy any of Catherine Lewis novels I would, however, like to see of Joost Swarte s other illustrations While it s not really a cover to cover kind of book, it was a fun read and I hope it will be a good reference if I do wr [...]


  9. An interesting book that uses a story of three blind mice named, Pee Wee, Mary, and Oscar to explain elements of writing and how to use them The use of explaining these different elements varies For example, a story will be continued or added in order to explain a writing concept Or in other ways, a short sentence along with an illustration will be used in order to convey a different writing concept Definitely a useful book for a writer wanting to hone their skill.


  10. I had hoped that this might have a use in my classroom to help teach aspects of writing and literature, but it was kind of bizarre I got tired of the continuation of the story with the three blind mice I would recommend bypassing this book.




  11. Thrice Told Tales is a creative twist on instructional books on the art of writing The book begins with a simple story adapted from the old Three Blind Mice nursery rhyme Three blind mice ran after the farmer s wife She cut off their tails with a carving knife The book explains that on its most basic level, these sentences are a sequence of events, or in another word, a story Good writing, however, involves than simply telling a sequence of events, and writer Catherine Lewis shows readers many [...]


  12. Using the tale of the Three Blind Mice, Catherine Lewis with the help of illustrator Joost Swarte explains writing tools, methods, and terms Quite a creative writer s advice book with illustrations likely to stick in heads The examples varied in their astounding quality, but for the most part were well done This would be a nice resource in language arts classrooms It isn t meant to be read straight through, but to be of a resource I do recommend it as a resource to help students understand dif [...]


  13. This is a humorous nonfiction title for teens that discusses the DOs and DON Ts of writing I found it to be insightful, accurate, honest, and inspiring Lewis takes us on a journey through a wide number of topics including transitions, expletives, sex in the story, subplots, the list literally goes on and on While I think that all the topics that get covered are necessary and helpful, there were several moments when I thought that the manner in which one was dealt with was a bit brash, considerin [...]


  14. This is one of those books that is so clever, I am depressed that I didn t come up with the idea myself Reading and writing teachers will adore the way this book is constructed and be excited to use it in their classrooms A different writing term is creatively interpreted on each page within the context of the Three Blind Mice nursery rhyme At the bottom of each page, Lewis gives an explanation of the writing term and how it can be employed in writing see the flagged passage below I loved the wa [...]


  15. This book is basically set out like this WORD THAT HAS TO DO WITH WRITING Example in the form of a mouse ish storySmall definition and how to use it effectively Since I got this book from the library, it wasn t really an option to keep it by my side as I wrote my story It has some helpful hints and tips that are told creatively with some great examples, but when reading them in one sitting like I did I couldn t get the most out of it Also, a lot of the time, I found myself not really caring abou [...]


  16. Using the nursery rhyme Three Blind Mice and delightful black and white cartoon like drawings, Lewis humorously illustrates and defines literary terms and devices that English teachers everywhere want readers to know about, and that writers need to know about The table of contents is two pages 4 columns long because most chapters are only a single page It includes terms such as story, plot, immediacy, irony, red herring, leitmotif, interior monologue, allegory, epigram, farce, intertextuality, r [...]


  17. What a fundamentally fascinating book Not sure how I came upon it, but glad I did A must read for writers, or readers interested in the art and craft of writing The author takes a look at a variety of literary devices and then applies them to the nursery rhyme Three Blind Mice From easy topics like plot, cause effect, character traits, POV, and figurative language that are commonly taught in elementary school to things that I had never heard of like bildungsroman and pathetic fallacy, this book [...]


  18. Using the nursery rhyme Three Blind Mice the author explains writing terms with clever examples.Each term is presented in 1 2 pages with the story of the ill fated mice taking twists and turns to model the idea and a summary concluding the main idea at the bottom of each page Illustrations on each page add humor and help to incite interest in the subject An appendix is included that goes provides information about each writing concept should readers want to know .This author s work is pure geni [...]


  19. This is the best book I ve come across to recommend to young friends interested in writing better So many books written to instruct writers, to educate, to enlighten, also involve unnecessarily academic terminology and frequently examples of writing with subject matter and language not advisable for young readers.Thrice Told Tales receives my wholehearted endorsement as the perfect gift for young writers who want to learn basic techniques and terminology in the unique framework of the story of t [...]


  20. This came on my radar as a possible YA nonfiction purchase, and though I did buy it, I think it s too good to just limit to teens In fact I think it might make a good college freshman comp supplementary text It s SO funny Sections are brief though pithy, and include topics like Metafiction Immediacy foreshadowing etc and all are told through the familiar tale of the three blind mice here named Pee Wee, Oscar, and Mary, and they ve regained some of their sight The illustrations are great as well, [...]


  21. I love libraries Just picked up this new release I plopped myself down and read the first two chapters and laughed a ton and picked up some great writing tips If you have kids who are budding authors I recommend driving or walking or taking the bus to your library today Well, I didn t exactly finish this one More of a pick up and read a chapter here or there kinda reference book on writing When it comes to paperback I think I may purchase it It is charming and instructive enough to spend 12 buck [...]


  22. Like what the title says, it is filled with writing advice I am giving it 4 stars just because the actual content is quite boring Bute way it is written with all the little mice cartoons made it look much un to read most of the tips that are given are what we already know but we can expand upon them Such as Grammar and Punctuation It really helped me in a way because now I know when to place my commas and where can I out better vocabulary Quick little book with lots of tricks If you want to re [...]


  23. This exceptionally witty writing manual explains literary devices, styles, and terms using the English nursery rhyme Three Blind Mice as an exemplar for each It s a funny and entertaining spin on what would otherwise be dry as toast note the simile, the mice taught me that it s a type of metaphor, I always thought it was one or the other I highly recommend this book to anyone taking or teaching a writing class It would also be excellent for anyone thinking of becoming a writer Alexis S.Check it [...]


  24. Clearly written, short, goofy and slightly gory this is a step above many writing books Taking the nursery rhyme and rewriting the story to illustrate the writing technique at hand was surprisingly effective even if I did get a little tired of tails getting chopped I read this in an afternoon when snowed in, so that might be my own fault Presenting information for a reader or writer to use instead of telling you how to use it, my main complaint is that I have had the There Blind Nice song stuck [...]


  25. It s clever that s for sure The nursery rhyme of three blind mice is told 117 times in every possible manner of writing It s a quick read, but the problem is by about number 40 you start to tire of it a bit And then by about 50 or so you just give up.So yes, excellent as a reference work Not as a work of fiction My biggest gripe is that the letters are so small It makes everything seem so rushed and not as consequential as it ought to be This would be a great book in A4 size with big letters.


  26. This is an excellent and fun writing resource for young adults Lewis uses the common nursery rhyme, Three Blind Mice to demonstrate an abundance of writing elements and vocabulary The tale is expanded upon and altered in order to relate to every term While it is a funny and rather quick read all the way through, it would be especially useful to have handy as a simple reference tool And if the comical examples don t quite make sense to readers, the book also includes an appendix with detailed ex [...]


  27. A really clever book of writing tools and tricks of the trade, all based around the story of the Three Blind Mice The fact that the writing advice is based on a nursery rhyme, however, does not make it suitable for younger readers.I d been reading this with Middle Grade in mind, but now I d say YA for certain Beyond simply the topics of swearing and sex, there s the fact that nearly every other book or author referenced in this text is for adult or teen readers A mention of Truman Capote s In Co [...]


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