Review! Write Back Soon! by Karen Benke

12 Oct

writebacksoonWrite Back Soon!: Adventures in Letter Writing

By Karen Benke

208 pages – ages 8+

Published by Roost Books on September 22, 2015

Synopsis- Have you ever had the joy of receiving a letter from a close friend? Followed closely by the comfort of writing a letter in reply? When was the last time that happened? Karen Benke has written a comprehensive guide to letter-writing. She includes prompts, with room on the paper for you to write in. There are also letters from authors providing advice, and little facts and inspirations are also scattered throughout the book.

What I Thought- Ms. Benke has written more than just a book about writing letters, and the reader leaves the book a better communicator. One of the things I really like is that Benke encourages the reader to write letters to themselves and reflect on their thoughts and writing. It makes the reader analyze what they wrote, and also things going on in their lives. The prompts are realistic, and thought-provoking. There is a lot of great advice from the author and guest authors that really help the reader. There are lists and other facts in the book, such as a list of most of the countries in the world, and the US state abbreviations. It also talks a little about the James Farley Post Office, which has a really neat pneumatic air delivery system. (That’s really cool!) I really enjoyed this book, and think it is great for kids and adults as well. Letter writing is becoming a lost art form and this book will encourage a new generation to “write back!”

I give this book five out of five bookworms!fivebooks

12 Responses to “Review! Write Back Soon! by Karen Benke”

  1. Bonnie Ferrante October 12, 2016 at 10:09 pm #

    Letter writing is a dying art It’s nice to see a book for young people that encourages it.


    • ThisKidReviewsBooks October 14, 2016 at 8:45 am #

      I have heard that my generation does not know how to write a proper letter (or write a proper email). It think this book could help a lot of kids!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Bonnie Ferrante October 14, 2016 at 10:42 am #

        Early in my teaching career, we used to teach proper letter writing, format and content. Over the years, kids wrote to pen pals in other schools, even other countries. If they were in the same city, we met up for a picnic at the end of the years. It was great to see how comfortable they were with each other after exchanging 4-5 letters each.


      • ThisKidReviewsBooks November 1, 2016 at 7:27 am #

        That is an amazing plan! Letter writing is a fabulous thing. 😀

        Liked by 1 person

  2. Sue Morris @ KidLitReviews October 13, 2016 at 1:27 am #

    Letter writing needs to return. Texting just cannot replace actual letter writing. I wish I lived near the James Farley Post Office. It is open 24/7! Must be very busy in Manhattan zip 10001. Interesting book with great promise. Nice review.


  3. Darlene October 13, 2016 at 6:07 am #

    How wonderful. I love writing and receiving letters but it seldom happens anymore. My children always wrote thank you letters to those who sent them gifts. I hope this book gets kids writing letters again.


    • ThisKidReviewsBooks October 14, 2016 at 8:47 am #

      My parents always made (and still do) Josie and I write to people who give us gifts. It had to be handwritten. I think I will make my kids do that too. 😉

      Liked by 2 people

      • Darlene October 14, 2016 at 12:56 pm #

        So pleased to hear this! Bravo to your parents and to both you and your sister.


      • ThisKidReviewsBooks November 1, 2016 at 7:27 am #

        Thank you! 😀


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