13 Words

by Lemony Snicket
Illustrated by Maira Kalman

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This book was introduces 13 words that lead the reader in a nonsensical story that has no real plot; it is pure word play. The words are second grade level words with the intent to demonstrate the meaning of the words by following the story hence increasing comprehension. It is is quirky and somewhat strange, but fun for some kids.

The story has a plus side in the fact that teachers can use this as a springboard for developing classroom writing activities where students can pick their own 13 words and create a nonsensical story. These types of activities can help students learn the creative side of writing and increase their interest in reading for fun.

Another plus side to this silly 13 word story is the beautiful illustrations. Low level readers can benefit from following the text with the detailed illustrations which can aide in comprehension and enjoyment.

  • 13 WordsTitle: 13 Words
  • Author: Lemony Snicket
  • Illustrations: Maira Kalman
  • Publisher: Harper Collins
  • Reviewer: Terri Foreland
  • 2010
  • ISBN: 9780061664656
  • Fiction: Fantasy

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