(Website, Goodreads)Published by Erie Island Media Llc on September 20th 2013
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Family, General, Humorous Stories, Siblings
A sister and brother, forced to write in the summer, and share ONE journal? This is exactly what happens to 10-year-old twins Maggie and Max Pruitt. When Mom comes up with a plan for them to keep a summer journal, Maggie and Max can t believe it. Worse yet, they have to share! Through their writing, Maggie and Max find out they have very different (and hilarious) views about growing up, family and life a conclusion they only discovered because, as Max and Maggie say, Mom Made Us Write This.
This journal style type of book took me back to my classroom days. The days that I would have my students get out their journals and write. Write about life. Write about a topic of choice. Write to a prompt I gave them. Just about anything to get them writing and writing. I would’ve loved to have had this book during that time to use as a model text for the joy of writing.
Mom Made Us Write This, is one mom’s quest to get her two kiddos engaged in the art of writing while at the same time making it interactive by requiring the siblings to respond to each other’s writing. They were only required to write for 12 days. I must say that the handwriting is perfect and I was amazed at the amount of content in the journal, but hey what a great way to showcase thoughts through writing.
In the end, siblings Maggie and Max, I believe, had a great time writing, responding to each other’s writing, respecting each other’s thoughts and overall just accomplishing the task at hand, that really turned out to be fun.