June 3, 2008
Hi, I wanted to share a book I am working on right now. The title is Miss Spell (pictured at left), it is about a girl who has some magical powers to grant wishes. She lives on a tall hill overlooking a wonderful little hamlet below. One day Miss Spell gets a brilliant idea. She pedals her rickety little bike down the long hill and posts notices all about the little village, stating that she will grant the wish of those who send her a letter detailing something fun. The first letter is from a little girl who writes that she has always dreamt of having a giant aunt farm in her backyard. Amused at the slight Misspelling, Miss Spell grants her wish the way she wished for it. The next letter she grants is for a boy who wishes for a new Toe truck for his dad.
While visiting schools, I asked children to share their homophones (words with multiple meanings) with me via email and I have had a flood of emails from them. I also told them I would use their name on the letter to Miss Spell and send them a first edition, autographed book when it publishes. If you have any great ideas that I use, I will do the same for you, but hurry, I only need two more homophones to complete this work. A homophone is a word that is pronounced the same as another word but differs in meaning. The words may be spelled the same, such as rose (flower) and rose (past tense of "rise"), or differently, such as carat, caret, and carrot, or two and too. A short example of a homophone is the words "know" and "no". Note that they are pronounced the same but have different meanings
The illustration herein is done by the very talented David Schiedt, who illustrated my book Drinking Fountain Joe. This book is going to be fun, educational and whimsical!
Cheers, Justin M
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