Mentor Text Author Study: Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Amy Krouse Rosenthal has always been one of my favorite picture book authors.  Her stories are clever and full of humor and heart.  As a New York times bestselling author, Amy knows how to write books that people want to read repeatedly. Little Pea, Little Oink, and Little Hoot are the kinds of books we love to read over and over again at our house. In fact, Little Pea was a mentor text for my anthropomorphic story, The Raindrop Who Couldn’t Fall.

Amy’s 2015 books, I Wish You MoreFriendshape, and Little Miss, Big Sisare evidence of her ability to write about things that matter in a way that kids understand.  Amy’s use of anthropomorphism, wordplay, and the unexpected make her books great mentor text for any picture book writer.

Anthropomorphism: Amy does a wonderful job of making inanimate objects come alive. Exclamation Markchronicles the life of an exclamation mark who doesn’t fit in until he figures out who he is.  Spoon and Chopsticks’ messages are similar; you need to be ok with who you are, but also stick together. 

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