My granddaughter and I have been doing some research.  We read some children’s picture books and talked about why we liked them, and why we didn’t.  I took notes on our discussion.

She is a sharp reader and I was grateful for her help.  She knows what she likes.  We both liked the same book for the same reasons.

My granddaughter also shared some very important information she learned at school. Her teacher, my granddaughter said, taught her that green ink is for editing, red is to correct.

“Green ink means,” she explained, “make it better.  Red ink is for the final draft.  The last draft should be polished up to shine, no mistakes.”

One of the biggest fears and dreads of a writer, of mine, is that scary red ink all over something I wrote.    Rough drafts, first drafts and all the way up to the final should be in green.  Green means keep going.  I am taking  that to heart.  That is one smart teacher.

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