Revising: It's Time for a Change

Book 6 of the Writing is a Process series

Children - Educational
36 Pages
Reviewed on 10/07/2013
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Author Biography

Terri Kelley, M.Ed, is the author of the series of Writing Is a Process books, many other children’s picture books, as well as of the chapter book series, Gingerly. Her passion for writing and reading began when she was a very young girl. She was raised in Copperas Cove, Texas where she grew up in the country with horses and lots of freedom to explore her environment. It was an idyllic childhood that allowed her to use her imagination daily.

Terri is the mother of three. Terri raised her kids in Granbury, TX and Tomball, TX. Both of these communities offered excellent schools and a country atmosphere that Terri enjoys. Terri still has ties to both towns as well as treasured friends in both places.

As an adult, Terri has held a couple of different careers. After twenty successful years in business-to-business sales, Terri decided to change careers and teach. Her first teaching job was with Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District in Houston, TX. After a few years there, she became a teacher, a reading specialist, and a gifted and talented specialist in Tomball, TX. It was while she taught that she became aware of the kinds of books children enjoyed reading. She also noticed areas in need of good children’s books. You will find many of her books respond to these needs.

Terri is very happily married to her best friend, Michael. Together, they live in Oakridge, OR with their black Labrador, Oliver. Terri and Michael enjoy traveling together, fishing, going to the movies, treasure hunting (at garage sales and thrift stores), and, of course, reading great books. They have many good friends with whom they enjoy spending time as well.

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    Book Review

Reviewed by Jacqueline Ruiz for Readers' Favorite

Revising: It’s Time for a Change written by Terri Kelley is a great resource for learning what revision is. Terry targets a younger audience by using rhymes throughout her book. As an editor, I found myself nodding with every line I read. From the very beginning she explains what the revision process is like: making corrections suggested by teachers until there are no more red marks – in other words, our story, paper, report is perfect! Kelley does a great job of explaining this process to younger audiences so that they can understand.

Each page is also accompanied by illustrations. The illustrator is Milena Radeva. Radeva’s drawings are very original with characters that have long legs, big eyes, and spiky hair! I enjoyed the colorful pages and the different font changes. The book cover, along with the page illustrations and the rhymes make this book highly enjoyable to read. I think this book would be ideal for ESL students as well. The level is perfect for beginner or intermediate ESL students who are working on essays. My favorite revision tip is, “Adding more to the story is another revision tool. Making the story detailed can make it sound more cool.” I am a person in love with details so I always try to add more details in my stories. I want readers to feel as if they are right there in the story.

I also like how Kelley tells students that revisions are necessary for a great paper. She tells them that if they don’t make the revisions suggested, their stories will be a “fright”!