Annnd . . . what do I think so far? I started laughing on the first page at "intoxicated walrus" and loved the humor throughout. I picked it up because the cover was beautiful. I kept turning the pages and turning the pages because I couldn't put it down. The voice of each character was interesting and their own interests propelled the story into a fun plot. The cliff hanger at the end ensures that I will traipse to Barnes and Nobel tomorrow and buy the next book.
No, I don't mean like this.
The idea behind writing small, is to take one portion of the text and delve into the heart and mind of the character to give the small details.
Which one do you like better?
•When we start class, I let the students know that Jade moved. “If you would like to send Jade a letter to tell her goodbye or that you were glad she was in our class, I will gather them up and mail them to her tomorrow.”
•When we start class, I let my students know that Jade moved. I glance at the children's faces and can’t help but imagine the sorrow and fear they would have to find themselves without their moms. Tears are barely behind my eyes, burning with heat, and my voice is soft and low. “If you would like to send Jade a letter to tell her goodbye or that you were glad she was in our class, I will gather them up and mail them to her tonight.”