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The Spelling Bee and Me: A Real-Life Adventure in Learning

Gail Small, Kendra Yoshinaga

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ISBN 10: 1578862574 / ISBN 13: 9781578862573
Published by R&L Education, 2005
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Title: The Spelling Bee and Me: A Real-Life ...

Publisher: R&L Education

Publication Date: 2005

Book Condition:Good

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This book documents the real-life story of Kendra Yoshinaga, a young speller who won her first qualifying bee at the young age of nine. Now only twelve years old, she prepared for her third bee and returned to Washington, DC where she tied for 14th in the 2006 Scripps National Spelling Bee! Gail Small taught Kendra for first, second, and third grades. Together they share a love of learning and discovery, and the challenges of new ideas. This book describes the spelling bee experiences from a youth's viewpoint. Young readers can delight in the world of spelling so it becomes a natural and exciting part of their lives. "Secrets" of a teacher, coach, and parent reveal proven tactics to foster a confident speller. These distinctive methods will inspire a love for spelling and language in lessons that go far beyond everyday practice.

Launch your students on an inspiring quest for knowledge―the words will jump off the pages as the illustrations enliven the story. This book will help them to enjoy the wonders of spelling bees along with the inside moments that only those at the bee have previously experienced. A detailed spelling guide is included for parents, coaches, and teachers of spellers at all ages.

About the Author:

Gail Small is a Fulbright Memorial Scholar and People-to-People Ambassador. She has been named to Who's Who In American Colleges and Universities, Who's Who Among American Teachers, and is certified with The William Glasser Institute. She has been featured at national and international conferences on the subjects of communication, self-esteem, creativity, and gifted and challenged children. As an educator of 35 years, consultant, author, and international motivational speaker, her goal is to reach and inspire children, parents and teachers throughout the world! Small is the author of Joyful Learning: No One Ever Wants To Go To Recess! (2003), Joyful Parenting: Before You Blink, They'll Be Grown (2005), and co-author of The Big Squeal: A Wild, True, and Twisted Tail (2005) and Life's Little Lessons: An Inch-by-Inch Tale of Success (2006), all available from Rowman & Littlefield Education.

Kendra Yoshinaga is the top speller in Ventura County, California. In 2006, she tied for 14th place in the 79th Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee. She is an avid reader who enjoys novels, music, blogging, politics, and has a concern about the environment and world peace. She is also a university talent search participant.

David Endelman's cartoons have appeared in local newspapers as well as national and international publications. His interests in graphics range from cartooning to cartography to computer generated fine art. He is also the illustrator of The Big Squeal: A Wild, True, and Twisted Tail (2005) and Life's Little Lessons: An Inch By Inch Tale of Success (2006).

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