Opinion Writing About Reading

                                                        Opinion Writing About Writing (Letter Format)


Name: Mrs. Guadagno           Opinion: The character of the Skin Horse in The Velveteen Rabbit has a big heart.

The format begins here:

Date:

March 9, 2015

Greeting: (Dear...)

Dear Ms. Ritter,

Paragraph 1: Introduction: State your opinion and give a sneak preview of what reasons you will be proving.

We know  you and your students love stories about characters who are caring, so we would like to recommend the book, “The Velveteen Rabbit” to you and your class. Our opinion is that you all would love this book.  One reason the story is so great is because of the character the Skin Horse.  We think that the Skin Horse is a character that has a big heart. There are a few parts of the book that prove this, like when he makes the boy feel special, he gave advice to the Velveteen Rabbit, and was a loyal friend.  The book also teaches us an important life lesson that we will mention later.

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        One reason we think the Skin Horse has a big heart, is that it says on page 12 that he has lived in the nursery more than any of the others, and that he was very old and worn out, and everyone still appreciated him.

 

 

Since the boy still wanted him, even though he was an old toy, shows he must have made the boy feel more special than many of the other toys.  It proves that the Skin Horse had a huge heart.

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        In addition, we think the Skin Horse has a gigantic heart, because he took the time to tell the Velveteen Rabbit what “real” meant. 

 

 

 

 Nobody else bothered to help the Velveteen Rabbit that much.   The Skin Horse showed he cared about the rabbit by sharing very important information with him on page 11. Again, we found more evidence that the Skin Horse had a grand heart!

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        Finally, the Skin Horse continued to have many talks with the Velveteen Rabbit after that.  He didn’t just talk to him one time and then ignore him.  It sounds like he was a good friend.

 

 

 

. It says so on page 17.  It’s just another bit of proof that the Skin Horse had a colossal heart!!!

Conclusion: Remind your reader of your opinion, and the reasons that you have just proven.  Leave them with a challenge or suggestion as to what to do about the book.

         So since he makes people feel special, gives good advice, and is a loyal friend,  we think the Skin Horse is a character you would love.  He has a tremendous heart, and we think you’d like the book because of him.  The author also teaches us a lesson that the Skin Horse is more valuable than some of the new toys because of his old age and wisdom.  We hope you will read The Velveteen Rabbit and have a book club talk with us about it sometime soon!

Closing: (Yours truly, OR, Sincerely, OR, Your friend...)  and your Name:   

Sincerely,  

Mrs. Guadagno

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