A book

by Mordicai Gerstein

Paper Book, 2009

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New York : Roaring Brook, 2009.


"Once in a book by Mordecai Gerstein ... there lived a family of characters." This is the tale of one little girl's search for her own story.

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LibraryThing member pbrent
A Book is a adventure through literary genres and conventions, told by a girl who is attempting to write her own story. The protagonist realize's that she is in a book and attempts to find her own voice while traveling through different genres of books. This would be an excellent introduction to
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meta-fiction, especially since the characters address the audience directly.
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LibraryThing member paulaanweiler
A creative look at books thought the eyes of a charater who lives in the book, but is confused about her role.
LibraryThing member MesserPicks
This is a cute story where a little girl goes on a journey to find where her story is at. Her family belongs in stories, but she can't seem to find hers. In the end, the little girl decides to write her own story. This story has a great underlying message that everyone belongs in their own place
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and can make their own destiny. This would be a great book to read to help remind kids that they can be whatever they want to be.
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LibraryThing member cshupp
I really liked this book. The interaction between the reader and the characters was unexpected, but really cool. I have never read a picture book where the characters looked up out of the book.
LibraryThing member sprovost
This is a story about a family that lives inside of the book. The family sleeps while the book is closed, but are awake when it's open. The little girl asked her family what the story is if they live in a book. After her mom, dad, and brother state what their stories are, the little girl goes in
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search of what her story is. She searches through different genres including fairy tales, mysteries, science fiction, and fantasy. In the end, the girl decides she must write her own story.
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LibraryThing member lnpowers
This is a very post modern childrens book with the use of pastiche and the main character see and speaking to the reader. It also examplifies post modernism with the fact that the author is also the illustrator. It is a very clever book.

This book could be used for a library program on writing
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stories. It could be read to the children then have them write a story for the main character.
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LibraryThing member Chandra672
Great concepts on showing the different genres in one story. This can lend a hand to students to show them what the genres are available to read from, and how they too can write books. Also, the books (or quotes) mentioned in the story could lead to a discussion on what stories the author is
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talking about, which could lead to reading other books as a class.
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LibraryThing member pjw1173
This picture book deals with the different genres of literature in a very creative manner. The story involves a young girl who isn't sure what kind of story she's a character in and she explores different genres as she tries to find her story.The book has engaging illustrations that are sure to
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attract young readers.
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LibraryThing member Jill.Barrington
Everyone in the family of a young girl living in a book has a story, except for the girl. She ventures through various genres of books, searching for her own story. Finally, she decides and announces to her family that she will be an author and write her own story.

The book would be a great visual
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representation in a discussion or introduction of genres of literature.
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LibraryThing member bsalomon
A family lives in a book and everyone, except for the little girl, has a story. She travels through her book tring to find a story and visits many different genres. This book is a great read aloud for grades 3rd through 6th who are learning to spot the different genres in literature. This book has
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great illustrations that give visual details to help children better understand different types of literature.
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LibraryThing member lekenned
I thought this book was so different and clever. It could be used to teach children about different genres of books and about self acceptance.
LibraryThing member jaytuck.NW
I chose to read A Book by Mordicai Gerstein after being intrigued by the discussion in our own classroom. I really enjoyed this book! In particular, I liked the very clever way the author has created a unique setting by allowing the actual book itself to set the parameters for the world contained
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within it. Gerstein allows the reader to become a part of the story’s environment and has even incorporated the bibliographic information of the book into the storyline.
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LibraryThing member klsulliv
"A Book," was about a little girl who did not know her story. Her family all knew the purpose of their stories, but the young girl did not. This text was about her venturing all through different genres to find her story. Towards the end she realized that she is supposed to be an author. This is a
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great book for children to read because it demonstrates how people are different, and promotes to follow what you want to do. People should do what feels right to them; be leaders, not followers. This story is filled with different kinds of illusions from different tales in many different genres. Share with your child the experience of someone "like them" venturing on a journey of finding herself and her purpose!
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LibraryThing member ckarmstr1
This book is different from most. It comes from the perspective of characters in stories. This book goes through the various genres, and she tries to find a genre/story that suits her. This would be a good book to teach about genres. It shows kids how many different genres there are. Great book!
LibraryThing member cindasox
Great book for talking about genre and character with students. The heroine in this book is trying to understand what her role is within the book and she travels through genre in order to find herself. The reader is involved in the action. Detailed art work, humor, great as a stimulus for creative
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LibraryThing member shelf-employed
A funny book with a clever and unusual premise...the characters in this book are sleeping until you open the cover and wake them up! Good fun, especially for younger school-aged children.
LibraryThing member alexa.kirk
This book does a great job of telling the story of a young girl trying to fine herself and her story. It encourages kids that it is okay not to know everything about yourself. It sends a message that they don't need to follow anyone else's path and that it is okay to write your own path or story.
LibraryThing member RayJones63
A Book written by Mordicai Gerstein is a picture book written about a little girl who lives in a book. She feels left out because she is the only one in her family that doesn’t have a story. This book takes you through her journey to find herself as other stories try to influence her and try to
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help her find her story. As the reader, you see her purpose in life develop right in front of your eyes. A Book is a Caldecott medalist.
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LibraryThing member RayJones63
A young girl who lives in a book is wondering what her story is. She travels through various stories and genres to find where she belongs. She learns a lot about other people’s stories before she realizes that she can write her own stories.
LibraryThing member brittneydufrene
This is a cute story about a young girl and her family who actually lives in a book! But, she doesn’t know what kind of story her book is. So, the young girl breaks away from the other characters to go off and find her own story.
LibraryThing member alyssabuzbee
This was a really unique, fascinating book! This book centers around a character in a story who breaks off to find her own story. She searches through all of genres until she finds one she feels comfortable with. This would be a wonderful tool to teach the different genres.
LibraryThing member mmontet
This is probably one of my most favorite children's books. This book is written as if the characters are alive inside of the book. When the book is closed, the characters are sleeping. When the book is open, the characters are awake! There is a lot of humor in this book for children and adults
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alike. There is also a lesson as to different genres of books as the girl in the story tries to find what her story is about.
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LibraryThing member NanceeL
Cute story for all aspiring young authors
LibraryThing member KimSiljeg
This is a strange book. That is the only word I can think of to describe it. It was random and jumped all over the place. It was difficult to read. For me personally I will not be using it in my classroom with my students.
LibraryThing member parejess
This I thought was a very original idea. The mother, the father, the brother, the dog, the cat, and even the fish know their stories, but the daughter has yet to find hers, so she runs through the pages, trying to find one. This kept me wanting to turn the page, for I, almost as much as the
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daughter, wanted to know what she would find. I loved the different themes she passed through in order to find herself--mystery and fairy tale were two that I particularly liked. And it was very fitting that in the end, she realized that her story was that of other characters'--becoming an author and writing new stories. Very cute!
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