Friday, April 13, 2012

A to Z: Mahout




Just imagine that is you up there...a Mahout...and that beast is a story you are trying to tame.  Mahouts are people specially trained to be in charge of the elephants in India who do the hard labor necessary to keep the country running smoothly.  Writers are specially trained to create magic in order to draw readers into their stories.  If they are not careful, the stories will get the better of them and they will run around in circles without direction.  Be in control of your story's destination!  BE the Mahout!







Me And My Cat?
Written by: Satoshi Kitamura
Illustrated by: Satoshi Kitamura
Ages: 6-9
ISBN: 10 0374349061
Teaser: A young boy is a victim of a magical curse which causes him to switch bodies with his pet cat.  How will the cat survive having to go to school?  How will things get back to normal?

 








34 comments:

  1. Sometimes I get to be the mahout, but most of the time I'm the elephant.

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    1. Ahahaha...that made me smile this morning, Stephen! I hope you have a FABULOUS weekend!

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  2. Very clever, I like the analagy.

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    1. Hi, Cassam! I'm glad you liked today's post. Almost all of my posts since the day I started this blog has analogy theme which I seem to really like doing since I see the comparisons in almost everything...;0)

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    1. Awww, thanks Amy...I'm glad you liked it! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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  4. Great analogy and another writing tip from a writer/blogger. Thank you.

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    1. I'm glad you like today's post. Hope you are having a great weekend!

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  5. Great post. I loved seeing the elephants in India, especially the ones blessing those who enter the temples. Nice analogy

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    1. Hi, Holly, and welcome to my blog! Sounds like you have been to India before...;0)

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  6. If one of those things ever got mad, I'd most certainly want to be the one on top! :)

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    1. Hi, DL, and welcome to my blog! Lol...you are absolutely right...I would be grabbing on for dear life but I too would want to be on top! ;0)

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  7. Oh - I think a cat would do just fine in school - cats are very smart! :D

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    1. Hi Melissa! I would have to agree ...I have a cat named tommy and sometimes I think he is smarter than I am...;0)

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  8. LOL... I have actually been ontop of an elephant many times.. infact the last time was 2 years ago in Cambodia...lol. Like the analogy!

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    1. Hi, Diane! i'm glad you like today's post...I wrote it just for you...;0)

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  9. Thanks for stopping by my blog on your A to Z travels. It's a pleasure to meet you, so I'll explore a bit while I'm here.

    Patricia Stoltey

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    1. Hi Patricia! I'm glad you decided to kick off your shoes and stay awhile! I tend to do a lot of different analogies with writing in mind so please, take your time, look around and enjoy!

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  10. Hi Donna, thanks for visiting my blog today. I couldn't believe the title of your post. My old house (before I moved to Canada) was Mahaut Villas! Yes, different spelling but same meaning. How spooky.

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    1. Hi, Ian, and welcome to my blog! When I randomly picked this word for today, maybe the A to Z Challenge "fairies" whispered in my ear to pick this one with you in mind...lol...;0)

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  11. Returning the visit for A-Z, but I really like the theme going on here. A new follower for you.

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    1. Hi, Hunter, and welcome to my blog! I'm glad you like the theme...I try really hard to make this blog informative, creative, and entertaining. Thanks for becoming a follower...I will try my best to never disappoint...;0)

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  12. So let's see-- if I am the mahout writer, does that mean my story is the elephant in the room?


    Lee
    Places I Remember
    Wrote By Rote
    An A to Z Co-host blog

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    1. Hi, Arlee! Lol...I guess so as long as it's not the imaginary, pink flying kind! Thanks for all you and the others do for the writing community through this wonderful A to Z Challenge! This is my first year participating and I'm sure the beginning of a new tradition for me...;0)

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  13. Hi Donna. Thanks for visiting my blog.
    What a magnificent beast! Imagine being able to tame it? What a feeling...
    Great and apt analogy...
    I'm your newest follower...

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    1. Hi, Michelle, and welcome to my blog! Thanks for becoming a follower and I agree...beautiful picture!

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  14. Loving the theme and paying a return visit via A-Z.

    Some amazing words you've unearthed here :)

    Amanda
    http://dramadiceanddamsons.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Hi, Amanda, and welcome to my blog! I have read many great posts this month by writers who focussed on every day words...I wanted to try something different...I'm glad you like it!

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  15. Hello Donna, thank you for your A-Z visit! And for reminding me of Satoshi Kitamura- loved reading his books to my children, that was a pleasant trip down memory lane on a well behaved elephant :-)

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    1. Hi, Lily, and welcome to my blog! I'm glad my post provided good memories for you!

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  16. Thanks for visiting my blog for the A-Z. I figured I'd return the favor, and really like what you've got going here for the challenge. You've come up with some really unusual words to highlight, and the kiddie books you've mentioned sound great. Especially the one about the cat; I might have to get that one for our grandchildren. (so I can read it...) Count me in as your newest follower.

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    1. Hi Susan! I am honored that you have chosen to follow my blog and I'm glad that you are enjoying these posts...;0)

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  17. Hi Donna, thanks for looking at my A-Z blogposts. Very interesting theme and amazing analogies. This one is so very true, uncontrolled writing can do so many bad things while a good one like your posts can benefit thousands around :)

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    1. Awwww, DJ, I am honored that you think my posts can have that much influence in this world of ours! I guess if my 200+ followers told all THEIR friends about me and THOSE friends passed the word around about this fabulously inspiring blog they have discovered...THEN...I might be able to benefit thousands, but I think I would have to come up with a wonderful contest incentive for THAT to happen...;0)

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