Thrice Told Tales: Three Mice Full of Writing Advice

A writing book by Catherine Lewis, illustrated by Joost Swarte, 2013.


The title of this book may seem elementary, but the content is definitely not. Based on the iconic tale of “Three Blind Mice”, Lewis and Swarte entertain with both their illustrative descriptions of literary terms and aspects of writing and the clever drawings depicting them. At the bottom of each description is a “Snip of the Tale” (allusion to the nursery rhyme of course) with a brief definition of the term. This captivating book contains more than 80 terms and writing tips accompanied by a more detailed Appendix .Literary terms include allegory, metaphor, verisimilitude and denouement, while writing tips are as varied as red herring, suspension of disbelief, bildungsroman, and the sparing use of swear words.
A must-have for aspiring writers and English departments.

Pamela Hansen
LD/Literacy Consultant


About phansenvsb

I am passionate about teaching reading and writing to a diverse audience from those experiencing challenges in reading and writing to those who seek deep enrichment in literature and its connections to the world in which it was written and to the present day. I also present workshops on assessment for learning, differentiated instruction, literature circles, disciplinary literacy, and inquiry.
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