What a vibrant cover!
By Angie Quantrell @AngieQuantrell
By Bill Thomson
(Two Lions, 2016)
There are not many words to read in The Typewriter, but oh, what a story they tell!
Three children out riding bicycles discover an old-fashioned typewriter on the back of a merry-go-round bee (the merry-go-round is not working). Fascinated, they place the typewriter on the ground and start to type out words. Very few words.
That’s because each word that is typed instantly becomes reality.
Beach. Ball. Ice Cream. Crab…
Each word does not come to life in the size one would imagine. Some are much larger. Imagine what would happen if a crab the size of an elephant appeared?
The children discover the ways of the typewriter and finally decide enough is enough.
I was enthralled by the illustrations and story line of this simple yet complex picture book. Readers will be surprised and enchanted as they read The Typewriter.
Materials: an old typewriter (the kind with a ribbon, not a printer), paper, crayons
Hint: Borrow an old typewriter or find one at a thrift store.
Welcome to old-fashioned computers!
1. First, you have to roll a piece of paper between the rollers on top. Turn the knob on the right side to advance the paper.
2. Now you are ready to type words or write a story. Start by typing your name.
3. Explore what each key does. Can you find the shift key? Punctuation marks?
4. To go to the next line to continue typing, you have to advance the paper again with the handle on the right side.
Fun, isn’t it?
5. Try typing single words like in The Typewriter. Use your crayons to illustrate your own story.
Dog. Cat. Cactus. Bee. Rain. Lightning. Car. Wind. . .
Anything could happen!