The Story of a Story
Written by Deborah Hopkinson
Illustrated by Hadley Hooper
A meaningful kids' tale about writer's block, the power of persistence and how effort adds up.
This endearing story is about writer's block but if you've ever felt like giving up in the middle of anything, then it's for you too! The Story of a Story follows a boy with just the same problem as he struggles to find inspiration and get his words flowing.
He tries everything, scribbling, scrawling, and crumbling pages. He reads stories he loves and eats a cookie reaaaaaally slowly, just to pass the time. But just when he’s about to give up hope, he sees a little chickadee collecting seeds outside his window. He admires its concentration and commitment as it picks away, one seed at a time, determined and unstoppable. The boy knows this is what it takes to create something special, so he comes back to his desk and writes just one word, and then another.
Two-time SCBWI Golden Kite Award Winner Deborah Hopkinson writes with the gentle reassurance of experience, beautifully paired with the buoyant illustrations of Hadley Hooper.
Read if you: gave up halfway reading this synopsis.