Let’s say that you want to write a picture book about a historical event but you have only the briefest information available. What do you do?
You can follow the example of Barbara Krasner who wrote Goldie Takes a Stand: Golda Meir’s First Crusade. She wrote a book on an incident from Golda’s childhood. Poor children couldn’t afford books so Golda helped raise money for them. Barbara’s only documented information was a newspaper clipping. She invented first person dialogue, which makes this book biographical fiction. But still a learning tool.
Sample: “Will the meeting come to order?” I announced to the girls crowded into our two-room Walnut Street apartment.”
What does this tell us about Golda? That she was a take-charge person.
That she lived in a crowded apartment.
ACTIVITYTake any historical figure that interests you. Pick an event from that person’s life. Write a skit imagining the conversation that could have gone on during that event. Answer these questions: Who else was there? What did the event accomplish?