The Reviews are In

Reviews from Connections Academy staff regarding the Young Writers Short Story Competition hosted by Weaver Inspirations:

From: Ms. Maureen Field, Secondary English Teacher, Colorado Connections Academy (ColoCA)

Re:  Writing Contest Collaboration

Amy Garrett Weaver and I collaborated on a short story writing contest for middle and high school students at Colorado Connections Academy.

Amy’s writing talent, her commitment to encouraging young writers, her technical expertise, and her extraordinary gift for communication inspired contest entrants.   Amy provided a much needed creative writing challenge for students and a partnership to encourage and support student creative writing.

Amy’s huge contribution in terms of time and talent and coordination made this writing contest a resounding success.

I look forward to our continuing work together, forming new and continuing opportunities for student creative writers to hone their writing skills and talents.

Sincerely,

Ms. Maureen Field

Secondary English Teacher

Colorado Connections Academy (ColoCA)

We provided a few reviews below, contributed through Amazon.Com


5.0 out of 5 stars

I Highly Recommend this Book To All Teachers and Parents!
October 13, 2009
   By Kristi Sayles (Camden, TN USA)

I read Zoe the Zebra with my 6 year old grandson and we both loved it! It is a great story to show that being different is not only okay, it can be magnificent! The illustrations are adorable! I highly recommend this story to all teachers. As a second grade teacher myself, I know I plan to read this book to my students every year! It is sure to become a classic!
Kristi Sayles

5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Children's Book!
October 9, 2009
   ByJeff Newberry (Tampa, FL USA)
I bought this book for my daughter who is 6. She LOVES to have me read it to her. I recommend this book to anyone with children because they are guaranteed to love it!
Jeff Newberry

5.0 out of 5 stars

January 8, 2011
Format: Paperback
Emily Elephant Makes A New Friend is a wonderfully written children's book about a pair of unlikely playmates: one's large, one's small; one's furry and the other not at all. After the initial failed-attempt to become friends came the snide remarks typical of children pointing out each other's most extreme difference. As the story progressed, their resilience and diversity became the bond that strengthen their relationship into a genuine friendship.
I first read Emily Elephant Makes A New Friend to my grandson when he was in kindergarten. During the summer prior to him entering first grade, he practiced reading passages in the book. By the end of the summer, he and I decided that he should surprise his mother by reading the book to her on her birthday. To her surprise, and mine too, he read the book from beginning to end (41 pages).
I highly recommend Emily Elephant Makes A New Friend for children of all ages, especially for those who are just beginning or learning to read. The sequence of events and details of the story from the very beginning are syntactically and conscientiously parallel with events and details throughout the book to the end.
Amabu Alighandhi

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