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Just Jot It January #25–Prestidigitation

Posted by lindamartinandersen on January 25, 2016

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“A Writer’s Playground”–A place to find wordplay, writing, and monthly calendar activities for kids and those young at heart.”

“Just Jot It January #25–Prestidigitation” by Linda Martin Andersen

I accepted a challenge for January: Just jot a note and submit.  I can’t participate every day this month, but I will join in when I can.

I decided to create a theme to write about:  I chose “celebrate.”

When I saw prestidigitation was the suggested writing prompt for today, I thought no way.  Then I learned it means “slight of hand” or “magic.”  Okay, I can accept that challenge.  In picture books, repetition and use of threes produces “magic.”

So today, I celebrate the magic of threes. 

Look for the use of threes in what you see and read today.  Can you name children’s books with three characters in the title such as The Three Little Pigs.  Or a refrain repeated three times perhaps in a hymn or in a story.  Or a nursery rhyme with three descriptions building on a core topic such as peas.  Do you remember “Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old?” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxEcIGcxwt8

My friend, Gretchen, recently suggested that I add one more line to a refrain in a story I’m writing.  Yes, why didn’t I think of that?  Now, it feels magical to me.  It feels complete.  Each line is spoken by one of the three main characters.  So, today I celebrate the magic of threes.  I encourage you to do the same.

Writing Prompts:

  1. When have you experienced the “magic of threes?”  Tell more.
  2. Think in threes.  Set three goals.  Perhaps you could create one for yourself, one to help someone else, and one to help a larger group.
  3. Why do you think children’s literature often contains the “magic of threes?”

Visit  http://lindaghill.com/2016/01/25/just-jot-it-january-25th-prestidigitation/ to read and comment on other participants’ posts.

http://lindaghill.com/2015/12/31/just-jot-it-january-2016-rules/ for details about Just Jot It January.

Thank you for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.”  Come again soon and bring a friend. Please leave a comment.  I’d love to hear what you’re celebrating today.  Remember that children 13 and under need an adult to comment for them.  For more fun, sign up to follow my blog.  Thank you!

10 Responses to “Just Jot It January #25–Prestidigitation”

  1. Joan Y. Edwards said

    Dear Linda,
    Ah, the magic of threes. It’s amazing how it works so well in stories. When something happens 2 times, it’s like, “Okay. We know it’s going to happen again.” And if it doesn’t…oh my. We somehow feel deprived.

    Have a great day! Rejoice that you know and use the power of threes in your writing.

    Never Give Up

    • Joan, Thanks for commenting. We definitely don’t want our readers to feel deprived, do we? I’ll keep checking to make sure I include some threes in my writing. Yes, today I’m rejoicing/celebrating over knowing and using the power and magic of threes.

  2. The magic of threes has long been the norm for picture books and folk tales. If I remember my college folklore courses, it’s part of the mythology about warding off evil. Good post, as usual, Miss LInda

    • Sarah,
      That’s interesting about the belief in the power of threes warding off evil, assuming your memory serves you correctly. I bet it does. Thanks for sharing. I appreciate your kind words about my post. You’re a sweetie.

  3. I won’t even try and pronounce that word. LOL Good to know what it means and the magic of three is so important to use when writing PB’s. Thanks, Linda 😊

  4. Capt Jill said

    I just keep thinking of the 3 stooges! Maybe not technically magic, but they sure did make me laugh, I think that’s magical in a way

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