A Pinckney fourth-grade class writes its way to national recognition.
They had the ``write'' stuff and came up with a literary winner.
Students in Pinckney fourth-grade teacher Montie Greene's class proved they were in a class all their own when they wrote and illustrated a children's book as part of the 1998 Kids Are Authors Competition, a nationwide contest sponsored by PAGES, the Original School Book Fairs Company.
``This was done by the entire class,'' Pinckney librarian Janet Reeder said. ``Everybody had a hand in it.''
The book, ``ABC Ireland,'' is the result of extensive research by students who used library books, the Internet, dictionaries and encyclopedias to compile facts about the Emerald Isle.
``We started this around St. Patrick's Day,'' Reeder said. ``We noticed there weren't very many books on Ireland and decided we'd come up with our own little deal.''
Reeder and art teacher Debra Nelson took over the project for Greene, who was ill at the time. Nationwide more than 5,000 manuscripts from 48 states were entered into the contest, including two other classes from Pinckney.
Greene's class was chosen because its manuscript was well written and the story was appropriate and informative for children their age, PAGES president and CEO William Clarke said.
``The judges look for the unique ability to write or describe a situation through the eyes of a child,'' he said. ``Each story goes through six levels of reviews and editing.''
The contest promotes reading, writing and artistic creativity since students are responsible for the book's design and content from start to finish.
The book will now go through more judging and could be chosen by the PAGES company for publication and sale at book fairs throughout the country. If it is not chosen for immediate publication it will go into the company's archives and may be used later in compilation publications.
Each of the 24 students who helped write and illustrate the book received a certificate of recognition.
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