Wondrous Rex

Patricia MacLachlan • Anthropomorphism

The Dart is the monthly digital product that features copywork and dictation passages from a specific read aloud novel (you purchase or obtain the novels separately). It's geared toward children ages 8–10 (kids learning to read and write) and is an indispensable tool for parents who want to mechanics and literature in a natural, literature-bathed context. 

This handbook contains the following features:
  • 4 Passages (one per week) for copywork/dictation
  • Notes about grammar, punctuation, spelling, vocabulary, and literary devices
  • Highlight each week: copywork and three dictation practices
  • Literary Device: Anthropomorphism
  • Writing Activity: Invent Your Own "Wondrous" Visitor
  • Big Juicy Questions
  • Book Club Party Ideas
  • 55 pages
  • Publication Date: January 2023

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About the book

Grace’s aunt is a writer. She works with words every day and teaches Grace interesting words like “melancholy” and “delirious.”

But Lily is often “flummoxed” by her writing. Her stories don’t go anywhere, her desk is a mess, and her writer’s group can’t help.

So Lily posts an ad for an assistant: A writer of books needs an assistant, a coach, a helper, for inspiration and some magic!

The next day, Grace opens the door, and there is Rex: a Labrador retriever who will change Grace’s life, and Lily’s. The word “amazing” is an everyday word for Rex, who inspires Lily, and helps Grace find the words to write her own story. – Amazon

Purchase Wondrous Rex novel here (Amazon affiliate link).


This Dart is included in the 2022–2023 year-long program. Purchase here



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