By Janie Reinart
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Children never stop asking questions. They have a sense of wonder and curiosity. Can
you guess how many questions a child asks in a day? Use the question and answer format
in a story to hook your reader.
Look at the surprising way each poetic element is used in a question in Pablo Neruda’s
, translated by William O’Daly.
Is Your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarino, has a very unique format. Each rhymed question
is a riddle with the answers hitting the page turns.
Tracy Nelson Maurer used the question and answer format in her book, John Deere,
"Who moved to Illinois, where farmers were struggling to plow through the thick, rich soil
they called gumbo? Who tinkered and tweaked and tested until he invented a steel plow that
sliced into the prairie easy as you please? Long before the first tractor, who changed
farming forever? John Deere, that’s who!"
The author, Nancy Patz saw the hat on display in the Jewish Historical Museum in
Amsterdam. The reflective poem is a tribute to this unknown woman's life.
"What was she like? Did she lie awake in the morning and watch the way I did today, as
dawn brushed light through the sky?"
Ready for some silly questions? Corinne Demas gives fun facts in the question and answer
format in her book, Do Doodlebugs Doodle?
"Do bed bugs wear pajamas?
Do dragonflies breathe fire?
Do stink bugs take baths?"
So what do you think? Are you ready to try? What questions will your story ask and
I'm curious. Let us know in the comments below. Happy writing.