This picture book is about Myeongpil’s effort to improve his handwriting.
- Book Intro
Myeongpil’s handwriting is awful. His teacher scolds him for his terrible handwriting, and his friends tease him too. Myeongpil desperately wants to improve his handwriting. One day, his teacher places his hand on top of Myeongpil’s hand and, using his pencil, helps Myeongpil to write. Then, Myeongpil is surprised at his beautiful writing. He is even more surprised at the sight of the pencil: it looks exactly like the one that Jeongseo, whose handwriting is impeccable, uses. Myeongpil concludes that their pencils must be magic pencils. Is Myeongpil’s assumption really correct?
* A Story that Helps You Experience the Delight of Self-realization**
The best teaching method for children is to let them enjoy learning itself. Myeongpil’s handwriting doesn’t get any better even if the teacher asks him to work harder, or his friends make fun of it, or his mom scolds him for it. Yet, as Myeongpil imagines that the teacher’s pencil is a magic pencil and manages to get it, he becomes incredibly excited and admires his own better handwriting. Overjoyed, he keeps practicing. It becomes more like a fun game rather than practicing. Just as Myeongpil taught himself how to improve his handwriting, children are also expected to find delight in reading books on their own—not to mention refine their handwriting.
* The Pictures that Teach You Good Handwriting **
What does good handwriting mean? It is probably neat, beautiful, easy on the eye, and has correct spelling and proper spacing.
Look closely at the cover of this book. You see an editing mark for space; you see a title composed of two lines, each of which has a distinctively different handwriting style. This way, the title implicitly displays what good handwriting should be.
The story is about how to achieve good handwriting. The pictures in the book kindly show how to grip your pencil, square your shoulders, and straighten your back. Children are expected to grasp why it is important to practice good handwriting, and improve their handwriting by following the detailed picture instructions.
- About the Author
Song Jaehwan teaches children in Dongsan Elementary School located in Seoul. Having been a teacher for over 20 years, Song writes fun stories to help both children and parents relieve their worries and stress.
(English) Jo Yunju (F) studied Arts and Crafts at university. Children’s funny and extraordinary imagination is the source of inspiration for her happy illustrations. Books she has illustrated include My first Pets, Secret Fish; Spicy, Salty, Sour and Sweet: A Korean Food Trip in a Campervan; and Tracing the History Along the Street Names.
(English2) Jo is studying handicraft art at Dongduk Women's University. She began illustrating children's books as she felt herself drawn to the innocent dreams and lively imaginations found in these books. Her illustrations can be found in Jingbirok: A Responsible Courage, Don't Hit!, and The Mom Manual.