Sunday, February 3, 2008

Young Writers: Notes to Angels

Dear friends,

I like to call children angels. I am sure you will agree. They have wings... wings of bright-eyed wonder, quite naturally. And with a healthy dose of encouragement, they can indeed soar to the highest heights with them! I like one particular advice that goes... 'Give your child two most important gifts: roots of love and wings of imagination.' Yes, even Albert Einstein pitched in, saying, 'Imagination is better than knowledge.' Imagine that!!

In writing, we find both... readily shared! : ) May I introduce to you three more young writers below. Do share some encouraging words with them, will you? : )

Joe Lai

Comments to Ethan:
Hi Ethan, I am so glad to see you at the blogging workshop. I hope you found it interesting. Did you like it? I think you did. I saw you smiling all the time during the workshop. In fact, all the kids were - grinning from ear to ear! Ha Ha! Me too! And who's not? Everyone looked so happy that night. I think we can call it the 'Smiling Workshop' instead! Ha Ha! It is so wonderful to share happiness, don't you agree, Ethan? : ) It is like seeing a rainbow suddenly and pointing it out to others to see too. Writing can be like that too, Ethan. When we write about the rainbow or the seas or the tall majestic mountains or the wonderous night sky of twinkle twinkle little stars, we are like pointing them out to others. It is like saying to them, 'Look.. look how beautiful and special they are!' Wow! I feel so happy already, just by writing this note to you! Thanks Ethan, for being the special 'you' and giving me the chance to write to you and feel this happiness. Do keep writing and do keep smiling and help spread this special joy to everyone. Yes! We can! YAY! : )
February 3, 2008 11:38 AM

Comments to Luke aka Gold Shark:
Hello there, Gold Shark! Wow! It looks like sharks are quite popular with boys, isn't it? Besides you, there's 'Kidshark' in our blogging workshop too. I wonder why... hmm? It is because they are fearsome and powerful predators of the seas? Am I correct? : ) They are indeed magnificent creatures. Part of their beauty lies in their awesome strength. As for me, I am fascinated by their great diversity. 'Diversity' means many and different. Yes, there are as many as 400 species of sharks as there are in rays (i.e. stingrays) in the world. Every species is special not only in the way they look, but also, the way they behave - i.e. the way they find food, the way they reproduce, the way they do their everyday things in the seas and the different places they hang out on their own or with a great many others of their own kind in the oceans. This is what we would call the natural history of sharks. It is the study of everything that they do as sharks. I find them very special... oh, yes, as special as you, Gold Shark! In fact, all you young writers are special to me. I am looking forward to hear from you and read what you write in your newfound blogs. So keep on writing and keep smiling! Ok? : )
February 3, 2008 10:57 AM

Comments to Mark:
Hi Mark, you are right. : ) The seashore is truly an amazing place to visit. Exploring it is similar to going on an adventure. You will encounter things which will be new and exciting to you. The seashore never fails to excite me too. I have found sea creatures looking so strange that sometimes I wondered if they had actually fallen down to earth from outerspace like some alien creatures from the other side of the universe. Ha Ha! : ) They are so weird... so bewildering... so... monster-like... especially if you see them up close with a magnifying glass. Oh yes, it is such a fantastic tool to have - the magnifying glass. Can you imagine yourself staring down the wide open mouth of a worm and seeing the rows of teeth moving about as if they are snapping at you! Wow! Believe me, if you want real excitement, don't forget to bring along a magnifying glass to the seashore the next time you visit it with your family. In the meantime, do keep writing and keep smiling! : )
February 3, 2008 12:52 AM

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