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  1. runsw/scissors

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    What are some picture books or novels you pull from to use as an example of descriptive writing? I am specifically looking for description of characters that are not of the sort that tell rather than show and focus more on personality traits rather than physical traits. I have read so many books this should be easy for me, but my mind has hit a brick wall. Any suggestions out there?
     
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  3. Ceyber

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    The Mysteries of Harris Burdick is a fantastic book to talk about creative writing. Lots of neat pictures, with a single sentence above them - some teachers use the sentence to start the story, or end the story, and some just say it has to be in the story.

    There was a contest for a while for students to write short stories from the images.
     
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    Doesn't Frindle use good character descriptions? I'm trying to think of some more.
     
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    What about The Giver, or at least some excerpts of it? (yes, I am very partial to that book). I would think some of the memories - like Christmas, hunger, etc - would be good to use as examples of emotions rather than mere physical descriptions. Personally, I love poetry for this too - a lot of poetry can convey emotions so well through description. Edgar Allen Poe is really excellent for descriptive writing - he conveys not just the physical, but the emotions as well. Not sure if this is what you want, but I hope I helped.
     
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    I love Kevin Henkes books for character (and so many other things!). Chrysanthemum is great for character exploration.

    'The Stories Julian Tells' is also good. Great descriptive writing-especially the first chapter and definitely discernable traits unique to each main character.
     

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