As a children’s writing instructor myself, it’s not every day that I get writing tips from an eight-year-old, especially GOOD writing tips. But I just finished reading FLYING FINGERS: MASTERING LEARNING TOOLS THROUGH THE JOY OF WRITING, which includes tips, stories and writing activities from its author, Adora Svitak. Adora is an eight-year-old girl from Redmond, Wash. Who was just seven when she wrote Flying Fingers, which also includes comments and coaching advice from her mother, Joyce Svitak.
After reading this book, I realized that many of my mature writing students don’t write as well as Adora. But then, most of these adults don’t write as much as Adora. In FLYING FINGERS, she explains that she wrote over 250,000 words (over 300 stories, essays and poems) in a single year and that she continues to write thousands of words of fiction, non-fiction and of poetry every week. Plus, she reads all the time. By her own estimate, she has already devoured over 1,600 pounds.
Typing is another skill that Adora mastered early on. In fact, she started writing when she was four, when her mother bought her a laptop and used it to make up stories. Now she types about sixty words per minute.
With so many early accomplishments, it’s no wonder Adora was a guest on Good Morning America and Diane Sawyer calls her a “little giant of literature.” But while Adora’s skills are truly amazing, she didn’t write FLYING FINGERS to brag about herself. She wrote it because she is passionate about inspiring other children to become just as accomplished and excited about learning as she is. And her mother says, “With the support, encouragement from parents and educators, and the proper use of technology, all children have the potential to excel and enjoy writing and learning as much as Adora.
After reading FLYING FINGERS, I think she might be right about this – so I hope parents, educators, and children around the world receive a copy of this book. So maybe we can find out.
Adora’s Book is available online at http://www.amazon.com and in bookstores across the country.
STEALING FINGERS: MASTERING LEARNING TOOLS THROUGH
THE JOY OF WRITING
Author: Adora Svitak
Action Edition (Glendale, CA)
October 1, 2005