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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
There is nothing better than a good story to sweep one’s imagination away to another world. But these stories originated somewhere and there are always some interesting tangents that a reader can pursue based on a good story. Teachers are always looking for new and exciting ways to expand on a story shared in class. Simon Rose’s Where Do Ideas Come From? does just that. He takes the content of his own published stories and provides a wonderful teacher’s resource with many interesting and diverse avenues for young readers to explore.
Simon is the author of several books for young readers. The Alchemist’s Portrait is a time travel story that starts with a visit to the art gallery. The main character, Matthew, travels to various historic time periods that in itself provides topics for class projects. For his young people’s novel, The Clone Conspiracy, Simon makes suggestions to help teachers and students explore the scientific and very controversial topic of cloning and other medical marvels. Simon explores each of his young people’s novels and presents innovative exercises and projects to help teachers expand on the class’s learning as well as to heighten their awareness of specific topics, historic, scientific and artistic, and inspire them to want to read more. As Simon points out, “A novel might also inspire children to create their own stories.” This is a great teacher’s resource, but it is also a useful guide for other authors of young people’s literature. The idea of creating a learning guide for young people’s books is truly inspired.